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DEMA: WorldWide Dive & Sail and Blue O Two have announced a merger of their liveaboard fleets
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Worldwide Dive & Sail and Blue O Two Merger

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DEMA: WorldWide Dive & Sail and Blue O Two have announced a merger of their liveaboard fleets

Recently, the luxury liveaboard operator, Worldwide Dive & Sail and UK's largest diving operator, Blue O Two have announced that they are already on the final stages of their merger.  The two companies have been developing this merger since 2014 and expects to finalize by the end of this year.  

With the union of the 2 companies intend to combine their liveaboard fleets,  WWDAS is well known to operate in Asia and the Pacific while Blue O Two is well known to operate in Red Sea and Maldives.  With this in minde, they are expecting to create the "leading player in the dive industry". 

 

PRESS RELEASE

Worldwide Dive and Sail and blue o two are pleased to announce that they are in the final stages of finalising a merge that will bring their two companies together in a merger of equals.

The parties intend to pursue a combining and growth of their liveaboard fleets, while separately continuing the international growth of blue o two, which is already the UK’s largest scuba diving tour operator, as a provider of worldwide adventure travel products. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, with the rebranding and combining of fleets expected to follow 18-24 months after the subsequent closing of the merger, subject to regulatory and board approval.

The combination of these two like-minded and complementary businesses will create a leading player in the dive industry. It is the culmination of four years of talks and an extension of the existing partnership that they began with formation of Master Liveaboards in 2014.

Following completion of the transaction board members and other executives, as well as the name of the merged group, will be announced.

In a joint statement, the owners of both companies said…

“We are extremely excited about the future. We are looking forward to using the combined innovation and passion that both companies are already known for to continue to expand our product range globally by investing in an ever growing portfolio of international destinations. It will allow us to provide both our existing and future customers with an unparalleled service to build a sense of adventure and excitement from the moment they discover our products and services”

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Two different great white sharks have breached dive cages with divers in last 3 weeks, stirring the debate on shark chumming and wrangling
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2nd Great White Shark Breaches Dive Cage

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Two different great white sharks have breached dive cages with divers in last 3 weeks, stirring the debate on shark chumming and wrangling

For the second time in weeks, a great white shark has breached a shark dive cage containing divers. Both events took place with different sharks on different boats at Mexico's famed shark diving mecca, Guadalupe Island. To be clear - THESE ARE NOT SHARK ATTACKS - but situations where sharks have been excited by fish chum and 'wrangling' in order to bring them close to the cages for photo opportunities. The sharks came in to investigate food and found themselves entrapped in the bars of the dive cages.

We're not here to sensationalize these events, but to bring up the topic of altering the disposition and temperament of these sharks in order to get a thrill and close-up photos/videos.

Leave the sharks alone? Some will say that the sharks will stay away, and we need to bring them close to capture photos to raise awareness of the beautiful creatures so that we can protect them.

Bait the sharks in with chum? This attracts the sharks but doesn't dramatically alter their shy and inquisitive behavior. Is this the middle ground, where we can document the sharks without altering behavior too much?

Wrangle the sharks?  Now divers can get those camera-inside-the-mouth shots and tight shark portraits. But some argue that the sharks are hyped up by being being teased with food (wrangling is where chunks of fish are set in the water on fishing line and pulled away when the shark is about to bite, often right in front of the cages). Is this going too far?

 

There are opinions on all sides of the issue. If you stop shark diving, the sharks will undoubtedly act naturally as they have for ages. But there are also poachers idling in the shadows waiting for the shark diving boats to leave so they can illegally fish out the sharks to sell on the black market.

So what is the best course of action?  We want to hear from you on the Underwater Photography Guide's Facebook page post and our Instagram account.

 

So what happened?

 

Shark Cage Breach #2

The second, more recent, incident (caught on video below) shows a great white shark that was being wrangled with bait at the surface in front of the cage. The shark, in trying to bite the bait, swims directly into the bars of the cage, which was occupied by a diver. Sharks cannot swim backwards, so it swam forward, thrashing to escape the trap it now found itself in, slowly working itself through the bars until it eventually made it through and quickly swam away. The diver in the cage exited safely afterwards.

Here's the video:

 

 

Shark Cage Breach #1

The first incident, also taking place at Guadalupe Island but on a different boat, has been fully detailed in a Guadalupe Island Shark Trip Report on the Bluewater Travel website

This entrapment took place in a deep cage without any wrangling involved. The shark, attracted by the tuna chum, first swam over the cage, curiously biting the air supply hoses of the divers in the cage. To its surprise, the rupture delivered a huge cloud of bubbles. Startled, the shark went for the chum from the top of the cage, becoming stuck in the bars above the divers. The swift actions of the dive master kept the divers safe until the cage was raised to the surface, where the divers escaped. The team then tried to pull the shark out of the cage (essentially a gill net at this point) with a rope around the tail. After this didn't work, a dive master pressed in the shark's gills, which allowed it to be pulled out successfully. The shark also swam away in this event. Read the full report.

 

The great white shark became stuck in the bars of the cage. Photo by Peter Maguire, featured from Bluewater Travel's Guadalupe Island Trip Report.

 

 

Both of these events are receiving growing media attention. The first video has already received almost 1 million views on YouTube. It is our hope that all media publishers describe the events objectively and without over-sensationalizing the events simply because a shark was involved.

 

A great white shark attempts to bite a chunk of tuna on the surface before it is pulled away - a practice known as shark wrangling. Photo by Katie Yonker, featured from Bluewater Travel's Guadalupe Island Trip Report.

 

A great white shark passes divers in a cage at Guadalupe Island. Photo by Katie Yonker, featured from Bluewater Travel's Guadalupe Island Trip Report.

 

A great white shark inquisitively approaches the dive cage. Photo by Katie Yonker, featured from Bluewater Travel's Guadalupe Island Trip Report.

 

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A location you would not expect - after decades of research, the longest continuous coral system has been discovered.
By Chino Mendoza

Largest Continuous Coral System Found

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A location you would not expect - after decades of research, the longest continuous coral system has been discovered.

After two decades of exploration, scientists have discovered the largest continuous coral system surrounding the Hawaiian Islands.  Aside from the popular reefs found on the shallow, they also discovered more incredible reefs in mesophotic zone.  Also known as “twilight zone” with depths of 30 to 150 meters (100 to 500 feet) and is almost totally dark, they did not expect to see a higher cover percentage. "What is unique about this study is how vast and dense the coral cover is" according to Richard Pyle, lead researcher from Bishop Museum in Honolulu.

The biggest challenge that they have encountered was logistics. The twilight zone was too deep to reach using traditional scuba gear and too shallow to rationalize the cost for an unmanned submersible which cost $30,000 to $40,000.  Instead, the international team of researchers which is comprised of geologists, biologists, and botanists had to make use of advanced diving equipment such as rebreathers, drop cameras, data recorders and remote operated vehicles when they are able to afford them.  “We can do things that submarines can’t, like collect fish specimens and lift rocks and go inside caves” says Richard Pyle.  Despite of the challenges that the researchers faced, they have managed to explore 2,590 kms of the Hawaiian archipelago.

 

Coral Reef found on the twilight zone.  Photo taken from Science Alert

 

The scientists were able to do interesting experiments, one of which was using a lift dome. They would place a dome on top of a coral and staining it to monitor its growth.  They have also discovered that aside from the 17% of endemic fish species found on the shallow, there are more found on the deep which increases the percentage to 50%.  According to Pyle “there were some spots, particularly in Kure, down at 300 feet, where literally every fish on every survey is a species known only from the Hawaiian Islands.”

The researchers suspect that the reef found on the twilight zone maybe ancient and the condition on that depths remain constant.  Compared to the shallow reefs which is easily affected by rising temperatures, pollution and especially the sea level fluctuation that occurs every 100,000 years or so, “That’s due to ice ages,” Pyle says.  “So every time we have an ice age, a lot of the world’s water is locked up in glaciers, and as a consequence the sea level drops by about 300 feet”.  It is possible that the deeper reefs serve as a refuge to the species that could retreat at those depths. 

This discovery is truly remarkable and further study would help answer their questions.

 

Researchers with thier rebreathers.  Photo featured from PeerJ

 

Collecting samples using a robotic arm. Photo featured from PeerJ

 

Lift dome that was used during the exploration.  Photo featured from PeerJ

 

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Bluewater Photo announces winners of the annual SoCal Shootout underwater photo contest
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SoCal Shootout 2016 Results

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Bluewater Photo announces winners of the annual SoCal Shootout underwater photo contest

PRESS RELEASE

Culver City, California – We are excited to announce the winners of the 2016 SoCal Shootout. It was an interesting weekend this year as a mix of swell and wind across the Southern California region created more challenging dive conditions with lower visibility and high surge. However, we received a high number of excellent entrants and are excited to showcase all our winners!

This year's entries really showcased some of the incredible marine life of SoCal with the Best in Show photo of two green sea turtles by Ralph Pace. In addition to those rarely seen visitors to our area, we had great entries with Mola Mola, Giant Black Sea Bass, seahorses, leopard sharks, rare nudibranchs and more.

See below for the full list of winners. All winning photos and the prizes won, can be found at:
http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com/2016-socal-shootout-results

The 2016 SoCal Shootout weekend took place September 9-11th, 2016 with participants shooting all over the Southern California waters.

Entries were judged by professional underwater photographers Mark Strickland, Andy Sallmon and Bluewater Photo owner Scott Gietler.

 

See all the winning photos:  SOCAL SHOOTOUT RESULTS

 

 

 

 

Over $22,000 in prizes are being awarded to the winners with top sponsors including Rocio del Mar, Quino el Guardian, Aquatica Digitial, iTorch, Atlantis Resorts, Atmophere Resort, Sea & Sea, Maluku Divers, Channel Island Divers, and Nautilus Explorer. Bluewater Travel will be organizing the winner's trips from our international sponsors. A full list of sponsors can be located at http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com/socal-shootout#sponsors

About the SoCal Shootout:
The SoCal Shootout is an annual photography competition where some of Southern California’s most active underwater photographers strive to capture the best possible photos over a three day period. Major editing is not allowed, so the competition truly tests a photographer’s ability to capture stunning imagery in-camera. Bluewater Photo, Southern California’s only dedicated underwater photography center, sponsors the event along with many top underwater photography and scuba brands, international resorts and local dive boats – all of which are excited to support the Californian scuba diving community.
   

BEST IN SHOW

RALPH PACE


OPEN WIDE ANGLE

1st: RALPH PACE
2nd: ERIK LUKAS
3rd: JIM AGRONICK
4th: MELVIN MONCRIEFF
Honorable Mention: JIM AGRONICK
Honorable Mention: RENEE CAPOZZOLA

 

OPEN PORTRAIT

1st: HELEN BRIERLEY
2nd: CATHY MUELLER
3rd: DESMOND HO
4th: BRUCE SUDWEEKS
Honorable Mention: DESMOND HO
Honorable Mention: BRUCE SUDWEEKS

 

OPEN BEHAVIOR

1st: RALPH PACE
2nd: SUSAN SCHEER
3rd: SANDRA DILDINE
4th: Bruce Sudweeks
Honorable Mention: TIFFANY POON
Honorable Mention: HELEN BRIERLEY

 

OPEN MACRO

1st: ERIK LUKAS
2nd: AARON HALSTEAD
3rd: TYLER SCHIFFMAN
4th: MATTHIAS SCHEER
Honorable Mention: DESMOND HO
Honorable Mention: JULIE GORDON

 

COMPACT MACRO

1st: KIMBERLY LANCASTER
2nd: JOHN ERICKSEN
3rd: Mical Ross
Honorable Mention: JOHN ERICKSEN

 

COMPACT WIDE

1st: JOHN ERICKSEN
2nd: MICHAL ROSS
3rd: JOHN ERICKSEN
Honorable Mention: DEBBIE KARIMOTO

 

MIRRORLESS WIDE

1st: RENEE CAPOZZOLA
2nd: TIFFANY POON
3rd: SUSAN SCHEER
4th: TIFFANY POON
Honorable Mention: CHRISTOPHER BOREL

 

MIRRORLESS MACRO

1st: BRUCE SUDWEEKS
2nd: BRUCE SUDWEEKS
3rd: DESMOND HO
4th: TIFFANY POON
Honorable Mention: CHRISTOPHER BOREL

 

EDITED VIDEO

1st: TODD KORTTE
2nd: ROBERT ARNOLD

 

UNEDITED VIDEO

1st: DAN MCGANTY
2nd: ROBERT ARNOLD
3rd: DAN MCGANTY

 

See all the winning photos:  SOCAL SHOOTOUT RESULTS

 

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Incredible areal footage of orcas hunting for stingrays in clear shallow water of Mercury Island, New Zealand
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Video: Orcas Hunting Stingrays in the Shallows

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Incredible areal footage of orcas hunting for stingrays in clear shallow water of Mercury Island, New Zealand

A seasoned drone pilot, Jack Preston, flown his drone and captured an unexpected footage of orcas hunting for stingrays in the shallows of the coast of Mercury Island in New Zealand.  According to Preston”The orcas just came out of nowhere!”

Stingrays are a staple food of the whales in New Zealand.  Orcas often search on the shallows in search for a snack, stingrays, which hides under the seaweeds along the coastline. "Here in New Zealand, these whales are very opportunistic, but they're also very specialized when they've found a food source" according to Dr. Ingrid Vesser who is an orca biologist.  Orcas also use different hunting techniques which depend on the type of prey. 

On the video that Preston captured, he did not manage to capture the act of predation but caught the orcas hunting and this is a memorable experience he will never forget.

 

Video taken from JP Photo Youtube channel.

 

via Earth Touch News Network

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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Watch the surprise in this video of a false killer whale visiting snorkelers in Tonga this year
By Chino Mendoza

Caught on Video: False Killer Whale Leaps Over Snorkler

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Watch the surprise in this video of a false killer whale visiting snorkelers in Tonga this year

Earlier this year, Scott Portelli, an Australia diver and trip leader, captured a very unexpected event when a false killer whale suddenly jumped over a guest. Or actually, behind a guest. The perspective looks otherwise though!

According to Portelli, "Today out on the water we had an unexpected encounter with a large pod of false killer whales." One of the false killer whales from the pod swam under the snorkler and suddenly leaped (what appears to be) right over him. This is a truly fun, and rare event, which Portelli has luckily caught on camera. 

"(You) never know what you are going to see in Tonga." 

 

Click the image below to watch the false killer whale video clip:

Video featured from Scott Portelli's Facebook Page

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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Caught on Video: A whale shark barrels down a spear diver, allowing a pursued tuna to swim off into the blue
By Chino Mendoza

Did a Whale Shark Save this Tuna?

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Caught on Video: A whale shark barrels down a spear diver, allowing a pursued tuna to swim off into the blue

This video has gone viral and I wonder what really happened on this event.  A spearfisher got more that what he bargained for when a huge whale shark snuck up behind him and gave him a scare while preparing to shoot a tuna.

As we can see on the video, the spearfisher screamed when a massive whale shark swam towards him and even bumping him. It was definitely a big surprise!

So was the whale shark was saving the tuna? Was it simply feeding and not worried about hitting the diver? Regardless the reason, that tuna was very lucky to get away.  The spearfisher was also luck to get out of that situation unharmed.

 

video: Live5News

 

 

via Live5News

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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False Killer Whales Hunting Caught on Camera
By Chino Mendoza

False Killer Whales Hunting

Chino Mendoza
False Killer Whales Hunting Caught on Camera

False killer whales (Pseudorca) are uncommon to find everywhere. Seth Conae, a luck videographer was able to capture this epic event of false killer whales hunting.  He described it as a "National Geographic Moment" taking place in front of him, 

He was diving of the waters of Kailua-Kona, about three miles of the coast when this happened.  “When that first false killer whale showed up, it was pretty amazing how close it got. It was surreal”. But the succeeding turn of events made it more amazing. A pod of 6 false killer whales came after the first one appeared, and seem to be hunting. “Seeing the mahi-mahi circle around the bag and watching the other ones come in like they were calling each other, and then them all working together to basically try to get their prey”. 

“I think it was already in protective mode or hiding mode and trying to stick around that bag because I think it knew the false killers were in the area,” according to Conae.

Then one of the false killer whales slapped the 50-pound mahi-mahi of the water with its fluke.  One at a time, the false killer whales attacked the mahi-mahi until one of the bigger ones made the final kill.      

On the video, you could hear Conae's excitement. “It’s hard to control yourself when you’re in the moment and you’re watching something that you can’t wrap your head around”.  This was truly an event to remember.     

 

Video was taken from Khon2

 

 

Read the full story on the GrindTV and Khon2

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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New Deepblu app upgrade lets you integrate video into your digital dive log with option to share on social platform
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Add Video to your Dive Log

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New Deepblu app upgrade lets you integrate video into your digital dive log with option to share on social platform

Deepblu has just added two new features to their popular dive log and social platform app: dive log video and instant messaging.

The Deepblu video integration is simple. Shoot video during your dive and then upload it to the Deepblu iOS app, where it will appear at the proper chronological point in the dive. You can then opt to share the dive on Deepblu's social platform. Once shared, the second new feature - instant messaging - lets friends and other users comment on your video. 

In an age where most cameras use WiFi and NFC to connect to your mobile device, sharing of photos and videos on social media is easy. Logging your dive is just as easy with the COSMIQ dive computer, which syncs automatically with the Deepblu app. The next step is natural; upload the photos and videos to your dive log to share with friends.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Share Your Dive Story Like Never Before

 

Deepblu, the digital dive log app and social network for divers, announced the release of an iOS app upgrade which will allow users to upload videos to their digital dive logs. The introduction of video integration is a major step forward that sets Deepblu further apart from other dive log apps and will certainly make a splash among underwater videographers – of both the pro and amateur variety.

The Deepblu app is a mobile platform where you can create digital dive logs, connect with your dive buddies, and share your diving experiences with other Deepblu users. Deepblu’s digital dive logs reimagine paper logbooks to better reflect today’s technological world and our desire to share experiences on social media. Divers can integrate photos and videos with dive data, write a story about their dive, tag dive buddies in their logs, and have their instructors validate dive logs. 

Offering the enhanced connectivity of a modern social network, Deepblu provides scuba divers and freedivers with the opportunity to continue their diving adventure above the surface and relive the best moments of every dive.

Now, anyone with a waterproof video camera can instantly share their underwater experiences with a group of like-minded people. Users can upload videos that run up to three minutes long and combine videos with photos to make truly rich and detailed dive logs.

In addition to video uploading, the new upgrade will unveil an instant-messaging function – another first for a dive log app - so you can coordinate your next diving trip or connect with new divers on the platform. Any two users on the platform can send each other instant messages, as long as they are buddies first.

The introduction of these functions takes Deepblu a step closer to its ultimate goal: creating a full-blown social network for divers.

The Deepblu app is available for free download at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

To learn more, visit www.deepblu.com.

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Lock shutter speed, more ISO control and more finely tuned white balance in new GoPro firmware upgrade for Hero 4 Black/Silver
By Chino Mendoza

GoPro Hero 4 Black/Silver Firmware Update v4.0

Chino Mendoza
Lock shutter speed, more ISO control and more finely tuned white balance in new GoPro firmware upgrade for Hero 4 Black/Silver

GoPro is constantly working to improve their cameras, including several firmware updates for the Hero 4.  This includes a new firmware upgrade release just a few days ago for GoPro Hero 4.  There are quite a few updates, all of which are listed below.

Be sure to read our GoPro Hero 4 Review and all of our GoPro Video Tutorials.

 

Performance Improvements

  • Shutter Speed Lock - this gives an ability to lock the shutter speed and give control user on different lighting condition and different motion scenario.  This is available for video mode
  • Additional White Balance Setting - Allows to fine tune and optimize light condition for warm or cool effect.  This is available for photo and video mode
  • Additional ISO Control Setting - Additional ISO options, ability to lock ISO on video mode and ability to set a range for photo mode.
  • Additional Bluetooth Functionality to support the Works with GoPro Program

 

Usability Improvements

  • Adds the ability to add/remove HiLight Tags directly from the touchdisplay*
  • Adds the ability to quickly move to the next or previous HiLight Tag in a video*
  • Media filters** add the ability to sort content in the gallery (thumbnail) view by videos or photos so you can find specific content faster. Filters, the slideshow option, and the ability to delete multiple files can be accessed from the Menu icon in gallery view.

 

General Improvements and Bug Fixes

  • Fixes stability with video playback over HDMI
  • Improves time lapse stability and interval accuracy
  • Improves camera and smartphone reconnections
  • Fixes intermittent audio issues with Periscope

 

* Hero4 Black requires an LCD Toch BacPac to use this functionality
** Requires a touch display or HDMI playback device.  Hero4 Black requires an LCD Toch BacPac to use this functionality

 

View all of our GoPro Video Tutorials.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

View Chino's work:  Facebook     |     Instagram

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