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R.I.P. Captain George


North Carolina diving pioneer and legend, George Purifoy, 63, died Sunday doing what he loved most.

Mr. Purifoy had a heart attack Sunday evening while out on his boat based at his longtime business, the Olympus Dive Shop on the city’s waterfront.

He took his first dive in 1961. And nearly 7,000 dives later, he managed to pass his love for the ocean on to his son Robert and countless numbers of divers.

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R.I.P Frank Mundus


Frank Mundus, the legendary Montauk shark fisherman who was the inspiration for the character of Captain Quint from the movie JAWS, died in Honolulu on Wednesday, Sept. 6. He was 82.

His wife, Jeanette Mundus, 46, told reporters that her husband died in The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu from complications after a heart attack that occurred Sept. 6 just after he arrived at Kona Airport.

After collapsing in the terminal, he was rushed to the hospital, where he later had another heart attack, she said.

The two had retired in 1991 to Hawaii, where they tended a 20-acre farm that had a orange grove and was populated with animals including sheep, two dogs and a pet pig.

Mundus’ favorite hobbies included aggravating people, growing fruit trees and vegetables, and cooking.

R.I.P Frank!

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Bertha Goes Belly Up

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Bertha, a sand tiger shark who had lived at the New York Aquarium since the 1960s and was believed to be one of the oldest sharks in any aquarium in the world, died on Saturday.

As a last resort, the aquarium had euthanized Bertha. “She had been in declining health over the past month or so and we had started a series of treatments for her,” he said in a phone interview. “She seemed to rally a couple of weeks ago and was doing really well, but at the end of this past week, she showed another decline. We ended up restarting treatments again. When we realized they didn’t have any effect, we knew that it was time.”

She was put down around 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Bertha lived with five other sand tiger sharks, two nurse sharks and a white tip reef shark in a round, 90,000-gallon tank. She was about 8 ½ feet long and weighed just under 250 pounds. She had no offspring. She was believed to be at least 43 years old.

R.I.P. Bertha!

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R.I.P. Val Plumwood

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Renowned Australian feminist and environmental activist Val Plumwood, who survived a horrific crocodile attack more than 20 years ago, was been killed by an apparent snake bite. Plumwood was 68 years old.

Plumwood, originally known as Val Routley, took her adopted surname from a variety of tree near her wilderness home.

Plumwood was attacked by a crocodile in a river in Australia’s northern Outback in 1985 and escaped with terrible wounds to her legs and groin after the croc dragged her underwater three times.

Her body was found Saturday in the octagonal stone house where she lived alone near Braidwood in New South Wales. It appears a snake bite killed her, but a coroner has yet to make an official statement.

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R.I.P. Ben Chapman

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One of the last surviving actors to play the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Ben Chapman, died at age 79 on Thursday, February 21 in Honolulu. His health began to deteriorate February 12. He collapsed and was admitted to the hospital on February 20. His life support was turned off Wednesday around noon and his pacemaker was turned off shortly before he died. He died peacefully with his wife, Merrilee, and son, Ben Chapman III, by his side. He was 79 years old at his death.

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R.I.P. Mola Mola

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium announced Thursday that its largest ocean sunfish was euthanized Thursday morning after a period of failing health.

The aquarium made the decision after the fish stopped eating and was increasingly unable to swim in the million-gallon Outer Bay exhibit where it was housed.

Mola mola was caught in Monterey Bay in September 2005 and placed on exhibit two months later. It grew from 22 inches and less than 20 pounds to a length of 6 feet, 7 inches and a weight of 1,247 pounds.

R.I.P. Mola Mola!

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R.I.P. Roy Scheider

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JAWS star Roy Scheider died on Sunday afternoon in Little Rock, Ark. He was 75 and lived in Sag Harbor, N.Y. Scheider had suffered from multiple myeloma for several years, and died of complications from a staph infection. R.I.P. Roy!

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R.I.P. Marina

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Marina, a female beluga whale that had fallen ill at the Georgia Aquarium, died early Saturday morning, aquarium officials said.

The whale had stopped eating on Nov. 22 and had become disoriented, injuring her chin. She had been kept under 24-hour watch by aquarium staff and veterinarians. About 16 staff members and volunteers were in her pool when she died.

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Rare 53-pound Albino Catfish Dies

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Just four days after it was caught, John Young’s famed albino catfish died.

Young caught the catfish on July 7 while fishing off a sandbar on the Missouri River above Boonville. He planned to transfer the rare fish from a tank at Tombstone Tackle to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, where it would have spent the rest of its natural life. However, the fish didn’t survive.

R.I.P. Albino Catfish!

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R.I.P. Norton

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Norton, one of the original whale sharks on exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium, died yesterday. He was the second whale shark to die at the facility in the past five months. R.I.P Norton!

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