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Royalex Replacement, T-Formex In Production 
The recent end of production of Royalex for boat building left paddlers and manufacturers in the lurch. Now, Canadian manufacturer Esquif has succeeded in producing their touted replacement, T-Formex, and in building a canoe from it. Rapid Media has the news: https://www.rapidmedia.com/rapid/categories/news/7510-esquif-t-formex-canoes-exist.html

Sailing an Ocean Voyaging Canoe 
Although it’s a little outside the usual purview of paddlesport, ocean sailing canoes of various forms are found in many indigenous cultures, and bear a relationship to the craft we know and love. The Smithsonian has a first-hand account of sailing a Polynesian style boat: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/firsthand-account-what-takes-pilot-voyaging-canoe-ocean-180958611/?no-ist

Penguin Returns to Visit Rescuer 
A Brazilian man found an oil fouled Magellanic penguin, cleaned it up, nursed it to health, then released it. Now the wild penguin visits frequently and is a popular local celebrity. The BBC has film: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35854740

Bumble Bee Caught Buzz Pollinating 
Bumble bees occupy a unique niche among the pollinating insects; they are among the few that can buzz pollinate the flowers of such plants as tomatoes and blueberries. The Smithsonian has footage of the process: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/slo-mo-footage-of-a-bumble-bee-dislodging-pollen/

Nine Places With Really Green Water 
For St. Patrick’s the Smithsonian ran a photo gallery of some naturally green bodies of water. Though the holiday is passed, the photos are still striking, (and some look ripe for paddling): http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/enjoy-naturally-green-waters-st-patricks-day-180958392/?no-ist

 

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