The Scuttlefish

Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

These Fishermen Melt Down the Plastic They Catch to Make Furniture…While They’re Still Fishing

by Owen James Burke

When you start catching too much trash in your fishnets, make furniture. That’s what these UK fishermen are doing, and they even have a furnace on board, so while some of the crew are hauling and clearing nets, others can be feeding the cauldron and assembling the stools, which they call sea chairs.

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Who Needs A Bilge Pump When You’ve Got Kids?

by Owen James Burke

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The Bajau Laut are nomadic islanders and seafarers of southeast Asia who teach their children to swim before they can walk. They’re also able to coerce them into thinking they’re being entertained when they’re really bailing out a boat. And here I’ve been so averse to the idea of having kids.

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How This Artist Is Reinventing Scrimshaw with Old Surfboards

by Owen James Burke

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Peter Spacek‘s contemporary scrimshaw on surfboard fiberglass (Photo: Rob Gilley)

Many people shudder at the idea of scrimshaw and find it to be a nostalgic art form that takes seat on the bones of what are now vehemently protected species mostly considered to be endangered. But, there was a time when–for sailors far away at sea at least–a whale bone might have been the best available substitute for a canvas.

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Life in Salt: Jeanne Socrates, The Oldest Woman Ever to Complete a Solo, Non-Stop Global Circumnavigaton

by Owen James Burke

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Jeanne Socrates aboard Nereida after running aground and nearly being washed out to sea in Mexico, June 2008
(Photo: Hydrovane)

People in the boating world are normally so friendly and helpful to each other; it’s how humanity should be but mostly isn’t, it seems. I think being on a boat is the best possible way to be living life…I can’t think that I’d be happy being anywhere but on the water. I think once you’re bitten by the bug, you’ve had it. It’s very difficult to give it up.”

British sea queen Jeanne Socrates, 71, is one of the hardiest, saltiest people you’re likely to meet. In 1997, she and her husband took an early retirement and though neither of them had any real experience, decided to take on sailing. They bought and outfitted a Najad 361 (a 36-foot single-masted sloop), named her Nereida (“Sea Nymph,” of Greek and Spanish origin) and sailed from Sweden to the Caribbean. Sadly, while Nereida was being prepped for her next journey in 2003, Mr. Socrates lost a battle with cancer. This might have brought an end to the cruising days of many a widow or widower, but Mrs. Socrates had been badly bitten by the sailing bug, and her only rationale was to start sailing solo.

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One Man Survives After 20 Hours in Underwater Cave off of Spain

by Owen James Burke

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Underwater cave sites along the Catalan Coast (photo: megustatuzapatos)

One man is confirmed dead (but MIA) while another was last reported to be in critical condition after they found themselves trapped in an underwater cave along the Costa Brava in the northern part of Spain’s Catalonia province. A third man managed to escape and alert the Spanish Civil Guard.

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Life in Salt: An Interview with Underwater Explorer and ‘First Lady of Sharks’ Cristina Zenato

by Owen James Burke

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“Water, sharks and other animals have never made me feel scared. When I am underwater I am home.”

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Cristina Zenato grew up in the savanna and the Congolese rainforest of Africa and returned to Italy, her birthplace, to complete high school. She worked in an Italian hotel after high school, and when she received a vacation, took off for the Bahamas, where she became a certified scuba diver. She returned to Italy, but being a speaker of five languages, was quickly offered a job at a Bahamian hotel. Two weeks later, she was back, and within eight months, she had quit her job at the hotel and begun working as a full-time scuba professional.

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Wish You Were Here: A Rustic Loft on Kauai, Hawaii

by Owen James Burke

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Scuttlefish friend, artist and DIY designer Jay Nelson built this house somewhere on Kauai.

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Dare you to find it.

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A (Nearly) Featherlight Sailboat You Can Throw Over Your Shoulder

by Owen James Burke

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Kayaks, canoes, and rowing shells have all been made lightweight enough to carry, but sailboats? Hardly at all, apart from child-sized Optis and bathtub-shaped dinghies, but the RS Aero could be the adult’s answer the Opti.

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