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Local Marine Biologist Explains ‘Sea Slaters’

Local Marine Biologist Explains ‘Sea Slaters’
Jul 23 2023 Share

Local marine biologist Alan Deidun shared a video to social media to continue his ongoing educational campaign when it comes to marine flora and fauna.

This time, he shared a video of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them sea slaters, known in Maltese as ‘Dudu tas-Sajd’ (scientific name: Ligia italica).

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The isopods ‘have disappeared from numerous coastlines in recent years, presumably due to pollution and urbanisation/development issues’, Deidun explained. 

‘These critters are a favourite with anglers, who pluck them off the rock as bait on their hooks’, continued the marine biologist. 

The sea slaters typically live in tidal zone cliffs and rocky beaches, but are there are many terrestrial species which occur in high-humidity environments. 

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AI Creator Reimagines Malta As A Fiery Inferno

AI Creator Reimagines Malta As A Fiery Inferno
Jul 23 2023 Share

Unless you’re being forced to live without any air conditioning due to the ongoing power cuts, this is what most of Malta feels like when one emerges out of a cool room for literally 5 minutes. 

Malta.ai, the online creator using artificial intelligence, has reimagined Malta as the absolute inferno it currently feels like – by (digitally) setting most buildings on fire and letting magma flow thorough the island’s streets. 

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Of course, such images are awesome to behold, but the actual heat being experienced is being labelled by many experts as further evidence of ongoing climate change. 

Malta is not the only country experiencing such extreme temperatures, with forest fires ripping through Europe and other intense weather patterns ravaging other areas in the world.

If anything, this post is yet another opportunity to remind everyone to stay safe from the heat – stay hydrated, avoid the sun’s peak hours and try and cool off in any way you can! 

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Two New Surveys Indicate Drop In Support For Labour

Two New Surveys Indicate Drop In Support For Labour
Jul 23 2023 Share

Two new surveys were released by Times of Malta and MaltaToday, investigating the popularity of the two major parties in Malta: Labour Party and the Nationalist Party. 

According to the Times of Malta survey, PL would still win an election were it to take place tomorrow, but with a new margin of just under 18,000 votes. 

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The current governing party also lost more voters as it registered a decrease of 1.3% over the past four months and 5% since last year’s general election. 

According to the ToM survey, the PN did not manage to garner any significant support – registering a 2% boost since the last election. 

Support for Prime Minister Robert Abela also dropped but is markedly higher than Opposition Leader Bernard Grech’s. According to ToM, Abela’s trust rating now ranks at 4.3, down from March’s 5 rating. 

This is still higher than Grech’s 3.7 trust rating. According to the ToM survey, only 8% of youths under the age of 24 approve of the government’s performance. This is in contrast to 38% of people over 65. 

Meanwhile, according to MaltaToday, the PN overtook the PL for the first time since 2008, with support standing at 30.2%. 

This is an increase of 1.5 points, with the Labour Party scoring 29.6%. Despite the minuscule advantage, the PN had never taken the PL in any survey by MT since the 2008 general election. 

Abela’s advantage in the MT survey is one of 12 points, with a trust rating of 39.2% (an increase over May), against Grech’s 26.8% (a tiny boost of 1.3 points). 33.3% of those surveyed trust no one.

What do you make of all of this? Read the full surveys here: Times of Malta and MaltaToday.

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Viral Maltese Diving Dog Titti Returns To LADBible With 3.5M Views

Viral Maltese Diving Dog Titti Returns To LADBible With 3.5M Views
Jul 23 2023 Share

International media and news company LADBible took to TikTok to re-share an iconic Maltese clip – that of the late viral Maltese diving dog Titti leaping into the sea. 

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I WAS SCARED FOR HIM 😨 #fyp #foryou #viral #blowthisup #lol #funny #dog #dogs #puppy #dogsoftiktok #trending #trendingsound #july #saturday #weekend #aw #caughtoncamera #wtf #pet #sea #jump #parkour #ocean #crowd #holiday #summer #summer2023 #cliff #crazy #barbie #oppenheimer

♬ original sound – <3

Titti had amassed quite a following when the video was shared by Titti’s owner Carmelo Abela, showing the dog leap into St Peter’s Pool to cool off from the summer heat.

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And LADBible’s re-share to TikTok amassed a whopping 3.5 Million views in just 18 hours, re-igniting Titti’s ability to capture the attention of audiences around the world. 

Unfortunately, Titti the Jack-Russell passed away in 2019 after having suffered heart problems. Carmelo, missing Titti dearly, kept the legacy alive by introducing the world to a new diving buddy, Tina. 

And we’re sure that Tina is carrying Titti’s spirit into the Maltese seas as she plunges and splashes were favourite human. 

 

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RIP Titti!. 

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