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Divers Recover 12 Tons of Trash From Lake Tahoe –Along With Engagement Rings and Wallets

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A scuba dive team has completed an extraordinary clean-up of Lake Tahoe after a full year of work, pulling up more than 12 tons of submerged trash.

Organized by the nonprofit Clean Up The Lake, the team restored every inch of 72 miles of the crystal blue lake’s shoreline and sub-shore, collecting 24,797 pieces of litter weighing a total of 25,281 pounds.

As divers circumnavigated the lake, they recovered not just typical plastic and glass litter, but lost wallets and engagement rings, too.

“Over the past year, despite winter weather, COVID, and wildfire related challenges, our dive team has been in the water at every opportunity to complete this unforgettable effort,” said Colin West, founder and executive director of Clean Up The Lake.

“Ultimately what we hope people remember is the length that one group of individuals was willing to go to in order to protect their home and their planet, and in turn people should ask themselves how they are choosing to contribute to preserving our environment today.”

The project was made possible by a $100,000 matching donation from Tahoe Blue Vodka, The Tahoe Fund, and Nevada’s Lake Tahoe License Plate program, among others.

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Photographer Records the Moment a Giant Jellyfish Floats Beneath Paddleboarder

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An underwater photographer has captured this picture of a large jellyfish under a paddleboarder.

The image was taken by photographer and film-maker Lewis Jefferies off Falmouth in  Cornwall It features Lewis’s partner, Sammy, paddleboarding above a compass jellyfish with the sunshine beaming from behind her.

“The jellyfish make great subjects to photograph and are quite handy because they don’t move very fast, ” 33-year-old Lewis said, ”so once you find one, you can experiment with lots of different angles.

“I’d had a shot like this in mind for a while with my partner on a paddleboard above the waterline and some marine life below.

“The conditions were amazing and there was a lovely sunset—which gave me the ingredients I needed to create something quite interesting.

“Credit has to go to Sammy for paddling out to the right spot at the right moment.”

This amazing shot, called A Peaceful Coexistence, was captured last July in Falmouth Bay.

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