For This Stowaway Owl’s Well That Ends Well

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Sep 242010
 
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A Florida Burrowing Owl finds itself on the wrong Oasis

A Florida burrowing owl, listed as a species of special concern, was just hours away from becoming a cruise ship stowaway on Saturday. Just before Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas was to depart Port Everglades for a tropical locale, the owl was discovered on the ship’s mini-golf course, on the upper deck. A Royal Caribbean crew member called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FWC.

FWC Lt. David Bingham and a Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputy safely removed the pint-sized bird from the golf course. Bingham released the owl in an open field in western Broward County.

“Never in all of my 25 years with the FWC have I seen anything like this, and I have responded to some strange calls,” Bingham said. “I am very pleased the owl wasn’t injured and that we could get it back to a normal habitat.”

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Mega Lifeboats For Super Gin Palace

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Dec 132009
 
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Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International’s cruise ship Oasis of the Seas, the biggest gin-palace currently afloat, carries around 8,000 passengers and crew. Schat-Harding has provided eighteen 370-person “mega lifeboats” ready if the time ever comes to evacuate the ship.

Built from fibreglass reinforced polyester using a vacuum technique, the catamaran hull CRV55 lifeboats weigh 16 tonnes stowed condition and 44 tonnes when fully loaded. Two 70 HP diesel engines give the a speed of 6 knots, and are equipped with twin rudders

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