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Boy Who Battled Stage 4 Cancer Finds ‘Nemo’ In Special Scavenger Hunt Created Just For Him

Thanks to Make-A-Wish Australia, Aiden Hyde had his dream to find “Nemo” come true.

“Nemo” was finally found.

When the famous fish went “missing” from Sydney Harbor earlier this month, a 5-year-old boy named Aiden Hyde followed a trail of clues in order to recover the clownfish. The scavenger hunt was all part of a Make-A-Wish adventure that was made possible by local businesses and the community in Cairns, Australia.

After Aiden was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, the young boy underwent round after round of chemotherapy. Now, Aiden is in remission, and Make-A-Wish Australia offered to grant the “Finding Nemo” fan a wish of his choice. So, on April 29, Aiden followed clues around Cairns to find the colorful fish.

While in hospital he loved ­’Finding Nemo,’” Aiden’s mother, Nicole Hyde, told The Daily Telegraph. “He had a central line so he had to stay very still and there was not much else to do but watch movies.”

The adventure started earlier this month when Aiden and his family visited the Sydney Aquarium to see the clown anemonefish only to discover “Nemo” was missing. The Hydes then traveled to Cairns for a day-long adventure that saw Aiden riding around the Queensland city in a police motorcade as he solved the six clues in order to decipher the fish’s location.

For the second clue, Aiden had to find another animal at the Tropical Zoo.

Still at the zoo, Aiden found his next clue in a certain slow-moving reptile’s habitat.

Then, Aiden had to find an extra special police vehicle.

Next on the agenda, Aiden took a ride in a helicopter so he could get a better view.

For the last clue, Australian actor Eric Bana, who provided the voice for Anchor the shark in “Finding Nemo,” dropped in to help.



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In the final leg of the adventure, Aiden landed on Green Island and geared up to find “Nemo.” The 5-year-old, who had previously taken snorkeling lessons in anticipation of the scavenger hunt, led a mission to recover the missing clownfish. As Queensland Police Service reports, “the little clownfish was located healthy and safe in an outer reef.”

h/t Uplifting News

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Why is Alaska fighting the cleanup of Chesapeake Bay?

Why is Alaska fighting the cleanup of Chesapeake Bay?


The EPA has a plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay, which has been polluted by agriculture interests for decades. A “pollution diet” finalized by the agency in 2010 would reduce the amount of animal waste and fertilizer that gushes into the bay from the 64,000-square-mile watershed every year, causing dead zones.

The American Farm Bureau Federation, corn growers, pork and poultry producers, and home builders are fighting that plan in a federal lawsuit, accusing the EPA of making an illegal power grab. Twenty-one states — including Alaska and many others that are nowhere near the Chesapeake watershed — have joined the suit, worried that the cleanup plan could set a dangerous precedent and spread ecological health to their own tainted waterways.

Monday was the deadline for submitting briefs in the case, and fortunately some of those briefs have been in support of the EPA’s plan. Maryland and Virginia, the two states that actually border the bay, are all for cleaning it up. “This lawsuit attacks our efforts to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay and strengthen its crucial economic value,” said Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler. “Maryland must preserve its partnership with an effective EPA to safeguard our environment and sustain the thousands of jobs supported by the bay.”

Nearby Delaware and Washington, D.C., are in support of the EPA’s plan too, as are six major cities: Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Four Florida conservation groups have also filed a brief in support of the EPA’s plan, making this cogent point: “The heart of the Clean Water Act is the principle that the Nation’s waters cannot be used — directly or indirectly — to dispose of waste. This appeal [by the Farm Bureau] represents a challenge to that principle.”

The case is a big deal, as the Associated Press points out:

Cary Coglianese, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, says the appeals court ruling could go a long way in shaping environmental policy. “A win will keep intact the EPA’s policy approach, while a loss would not only have an effect on the Chesapeake but similar policies in other parts of the U.S.,” Coglianese said.

The Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia is expected to begin hearing oral arguments in the case this summer.

Source Challenge to Chesapeake Cleanup Tests EPA Power, The Associated Press Six Major Cities Add Their Support To Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan, ThinkProgress

John Upton is a science fan and green news boffin who tweets, posts articles to Facebook, and blogs about ecology. He welcomes reader questions, tips, and incoherent rants: [email protected].

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Petunia The ‘Wonder Dog’ To Embark On Coast-To-Coast Biking Adventure

If you see a little dog on a big bike traveling across the country, don’t be alarmed. It’s just Petunia and her owner biking from coast to coast.

In May, the pair will kick off a three-month journey biking from their hometown in New Jersey to Yorktown, Va. They will then begin the Adventure Cycling Association’s TransAmerica route, biking more than 4,000 miles to Astoria, Ore., according to their blog, Touring Tunes/ Petunia’s Wonder Dog.

“Petunia is seat belted into her dog pod via a chest harness that has a seatbelt low in the front, and another one on the back that prevents her from getting too far out when she’s enjoying the fresh air,” Petunia’s owner wrote on the blog. “She likes to ride and hasn’t tried to jump out. She has a special signal for when she needs a potty break (and she’s pretty regular so I can anticipate break times mostly).”

The traveling twosome will document their adventure using a GoPro Hero+ camera, which they were able to buy thanks to their GoFundMe campaign. They’ve exceeded their goal of $500, and all donations made now will go toward the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

You can follow their journey on their Touring Tunes/ Petunia’s Wonder Dog blog.

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