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Narcose – A Spellbinding, Mesmerizing, Claustrophobic, Hypnotic, Hypoxic and Hallucinogenic Short Film

by Chris Dixon

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Stills from the film Narcose by Julie Gautier.  

Nitrogen Narcosis is more broadly known as the Rapture of the Deep. It’s a drunken sense of euphoria experienced by divers as increasing water pressure compresses gasses in the bloodstream. The deeper you go, the more pronounced the effect. If you’re not well trained in recognizing and overcoming this sublime, but treacherous altered state, you might simply forget to check your air supply, properly decompress, or even surface at all. In short, this happiness can kill you. When you reach the extreme 120 meter (400 foot) depths of champion freediver Guillaume Néry, rapture shifts into a realm of stupor and wondrous visions.

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Meet HMS Artful, The 320-Foot-Long Fallout Sub That Can Submerge for 25 Years at a Time

by Owen James Burke

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(Photo credit: BAE Systems)

The HMS Artful only needs its nuclear reactor serviced every quarter-century, and scrubs oxygen from the sea around it.  Read more »

How Drinking Beer Brewed with Deep Mediterranean Seawater Might (Almost) Defeat Hangovers

by Owen James Burke

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(Photos via Cítrics el Plà)

The answers to all of life’s questions and problems lie in the sea. Oh, and beer, too.

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The Last of the Horseback Shrimp Fishermen

by Owen James Burke

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(Photo via Saildream)

Twice a week in Oostduinkerke, Belgium, these 2,000-pound Brabant horses barrel into chest-deep surf dragging a chain and a net behind them. As the horses begin their stride, the vibrations of the chains rumbling along the sand stir up the shrimp, which become frenzied and hurl themselves upward and into the net. Once a net is moderately full, the fishermen load the shrimp into baskets that are strapped on either flank of the horse, hop back into the saddle and continue to work their way along the sandbar.

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We May Have Prehistoric Fish to Thank for Finding Pleasure in Sex

by Owen James Burke

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(Image via BBC)

385-million-year-old fossils found by a team of international scientists in Scotland are believed to be the remnants of the first known animals to engage in sexual reproduction, and wouldn’t you know it, they were fish.

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This Is How Alvin Recovered a Lost Hydrogen Bomb for the U.S. in 1966

by Owen James Burke

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Since Alvin was first imagined in 1962, deep submergence ocean rovers have come a long way, undertaking functions more diverse than anyone first involved in their creation could ever imagine. The first, Alvin and the Aluminaut (the world’s first aluminum submarine since WWII) among them, required a pilot on board, but now every major oil company in the world operates with them, movie directors take them to the deepest depths of the sea, and for just a few hundred bucks, even you can buy one.

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Plotting a Different Course. Ryan Burch’s Asymmetrical Surfboard Designs.

by Chris Dixon

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The idea behind an asymmetrical surfboard is simple. One: You surf facing one way on the wave, (regular or goofyfoot) and thus, the hydrodynamics are different depending on your stance. Two: You primarily ride a righthand (Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa) or lefthand wave (G-Land, Indonesia), and you want the water to flow beneath your board based on the direction you’re traveling.

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In Russia, Sea World Visits You. The Blubbery Memes that Keep on Giving.

by Chris Dixon

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Yesterday, a buddy of Scuttlefish commodore Brian Lam Tweeted a remarkable photo of a 3,000 pound walrus napping on the deck of a Russian submarine. Behind him, blithely ignoring the oddly cute, dagger tusked behemoth, stands a Russian sailor, flashing a pair of “V for Victories.” My initial response was, whoa, what the hell? 

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