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Underwater Explorer Albert Falco Dies

"I killed a lot of fish in my youth. But later I went with Cousteau, and with a team of scientists, and through them I understood what was happening to the world. It was then that I completely changed my tune. I threw away my harpoon to take up a camera." --Albert Falco, from the trailer to the film L'Oceanaute

Underwater explorer Albert Falco, who dove with Jacques Cousteau and captained The Calypso, died at his home in Marseille, France, at the age of 84 on April 21.

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Of Souls + Water: 'The Nomad'

Here's a beautiful short by the folks at Forge Motion Pictures about Erik Boomer, who recently skied and kayaked 1,500 miles around Ellesmere Island.

The Nomad is the first short in a series called Of Souls + Water. Here's what director Skip Armstrong had to say about the next episode on Denver's Westword Blog.

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Video: Cory Richards Evacuated From Everest

The North Face released a video of Cory Richards' evacuation from Everest to Lukla, Nepal. The climber was suffering from shortness of breath and doctors feared a pulmonary embolism. He eventually ended up feeling better after receiving tests in a hospital in Kathmandu.

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Elwha River Sees First Post-Dam Salmon Hatching

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 Glines dam site, pre-dam; the dam intact; the dam coming down. Photos: Clallam Co. Historical Society; Olympic NP

The Olympic Peninsula's Elwha River is running free. Pretty much. The Elwha dam is down and the Glines dam is being chipped away (see the image above); it should be completely gone within a year or 18 months.

Still, you don't need to wait to get out your cigars. For the first time in about 100 years, salmon fry are hatching above the dams. These are the offspring of adult Coho salmon that were placed in the river last spring. The fry that survive should be making their journey to the Strait of Juan de Fuca by spring of 2013.

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