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The Incredible Diving Bell the Romans Kept a Secret for 500 Years

by Owen James Burke

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The Romans managed to keep an incredible scientific secret until now. Image via Ancient Origins

In July of 1535, an Italian inventor by the name of Guglielmo de Lorena and his partner Francesco de Marchi began surveying a pair of sunken barges on a lake which once belonged to 1st century A.D. Roman emperor Caligula. The two men did not let on how they were accomplishing their feat, and until now, no one had proposed any clear hypothesis as to how the they managed to descend to the bottom of the 108-foot deep lake and remain there long enough to gather the information and artifacts with which they returned.

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This Is the First Archeological Survey of the USS Independence, Pride of WWII Aircraft Carriers

by Owen James Burke

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“After 64 years on the seafloor, Independence sits on the bottom as if ready to launch its planes,” said James Delgado, chief scientist of the Independence mission. The ship lies almost perfectly upright, only slightly listing to starboard. Image: NOAA

An ongoing mandate to locate and assess the condition of some 300 shipwrecks within California’s Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA, the U.S. Navy, and some unspecified private business partners have surveyed the USS Independence, the United States’ lead light aircraft ship during World War II. The Independence was stationed on the central and western Pacific stage during the war, and was one of over 90 vessels present during “Operation Crossroads,” the famous series of atmospheric nuclear weapons tests which took place off Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands during the summer of 1946.

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The Endless Summer’s Bruce Brown Talks Story About the Day He Shot President Nixon. A Scuttlefish Feature.

by Chris Dixon

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Endless Summer director Bruce Brown (center). To Brown’s right, fellow film crew. To his left, President Richard M. Nixon and ski film documentary legend Dick Barrymore. Photo 1969 or so, courtesy of Matt Warshaw. 

On Monday, I published a story about how president Richard M. Nixon once purportedly spied on his next door neighbor – Surfer Magazine’s founder, John Severson. In the wake of the piece, Matt Warshaw, the creator of the Encyclopedia of Surfing and arguably a greater font of surf knowledge than anyone alive, sent me a photo. It appeared to show Endless Summer director Bruce Brown, wearing a suit and standing next to a man with an enormous head who looked an awful lot like Richard Milhous Nixon. Warshaw also posted a note: “Still left unexplained. An unholy alliance between Nixon and Endless Summer’s Bruce Brown? Dixon, I want answers!”

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Poster for Bruce Brown’s seminal film The Endless Summer. Art by John Van Hamersveld

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Video: 2,000 Feet Below the Gulf of Mexico, a Curious Sperm Whale Investigates Nautilus Live’s ROV

by Owen James Burke

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Screenshot from EVNautilus

At 598 meters (1,962 ft) below the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, ROV Hercules encountered a magnificent sperm whale. The whale circled Hercules several times and gave our cameras the chance to capture some incredible footage of this beautiful creature. Encounters between sperm whales and ROV’s are very rare.

The E/V Nautilus, a state of the art exploration vessel traveling around the world, broadcasts HD video from her two ROVs, almost constantly streaming incredible footage from wherever she may roam. These Nautilus Live webcam broadcasts reach thousands of research scientists, explorers and every other kind of expert and non-expert tuning in at any given time, in real time. Best of all for folks like you and me, is that the general public can watch and chime in for free, too – all at the very same time as the team aboard the vessel is still marveling at its own footage. This real time collaboration is the future of exploration. Read a Scuttlefish exclusive interview with Nautilus Live Chief Scientist and Expedition Leader Dr. Katy Croff Bell. Read more »

A Scuttlefish Exclusive. Watch the Amazing Release of Two Charleston Sea Turtles Into the Gulf Stream – From the Water.

by Chris Dixon

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Above: one of two loggerhead sea turtles rehabilitated at South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program is released into the open ocean on April 10th. Photo courtesy: Jonathan Cummings and the South Carolina Aquarium.

Two loggerhead sea turtles rescued last summer have been rehabilitated, and were successfully reintroduced to the Atlantic Ocean on Friday afternoon, April 10th, 40 miles off Charleston, South Carolina.

“Lazarus, a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, was admitted to the Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital in June of last year after being found emaciated, lethargic, and near death in Garden City, S.C.  Blood work indicated the turtle was suffering from severe anemia, hypoproteinemia and hypoglycemia,” reports the South Carolina Aquarium. Despite intensive care, Lazarus remained in critical condition, and like his biblical namesake, was literally raised from the dead. Twice.

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The open sea and new lease on life. Nothing better. Screenshot from Jonathan Cummings.

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Montezuma’s Revenge. This Week, Scores of Cruise Ship Passengers Learn Why You Should Never Take a Cruise.

by Owen James Burke

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Celebrity Cruises-owned Celebrity Infinity made port in San Diego on Monday afternoon, freeing its 2,117 passengers from a floating prison of Montezuma’s Revenge. Photo: The Maritime Executive

Norovirus raged through not just one but possibly two San Diego-based cruise ships this week according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control, each with over 100 incontinent passengers suffering from the stomach wrenching, wall splattering awfulness. Thousands of others fled for the sanctuary of their cabins.

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It’s Harbor Seal Pupping Season in Pacific Grove, California!

by Carolyn Sotka

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Photo from The Harbor Seals of Pacific Grove

If you are in the Monterey area over the next few weeks you may be able to catch a momma harbor seal giving birth to a new pup! Witness the miracle of birth at the 5th Street Rookery or at the Hopkins Marine Station Beach. If you can’t make it in person, check out the The Harbor Seals of Pacific Grove Facebook page for beautiful videos and a glimpse into the first moments of a harbor seal pup’s life.

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Watch the video of the one of the many births at Hopkins Beach here.

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Wish You Were Here: The Other Side of Nowhere, Location Unknown

by Owen James Burke

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Photo via Beach Tomato

Dare you to jump.