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Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

This Is What It’s Like to Climb a 58-Meter Mast

by Owen James Burke

Russia’s STS Sedov is a 94-year-old steel-hulled barque and one of the largest Merchant Mariner training vessels in the world. A cadet at Murmansk State Technical University in Russia strapped on a GoPro and climbed one of her 58-meter (about 190 feet) masts.

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A Rare Video Finds Orcas Hunting and Killing a Tiger Shark

by Chris Dixon

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Photo: Robert Pittman, NOAA

In these modern times, people are generally considered the greatest threat to sharks, but in this remarkable video captured off Costa Rica by photograher Caroline Power and British biologist Nicholas Bach, a good sized Tiger shark becomes the hapless victim of a small pod of Orcas, aka Killer Whales. Orcas are, of course, fearsome hunters, and they have few qualms about toying with and attacking fellow cetaceans, or even Great Whites. This appears to be first video though, with a Tiger Shark victim.

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Wish You Were Here: Guéthary, France (and more Biarritz)

by brian lam

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This pleasant little beach below the Grande Plage in Biarritz is near a spot that Chris Dixon, your editor in chief at The Scuttlefish, said he almost drowned at in big surf, with conditions he’d never seen change so fast. It seemed hard to believe on this day, but I believed him nonetheless. Afterwards, I wandered south to Guéthary, an old whaling and fishing village that has some great waves. In the fall, the coastal cities are less crowded, the surf can come up a bit, and everything is perfect.

I was there to see my friends Ai and Cedric. Cedric, from the mountains a few hours away, grew up learning to surf here during summers and Ai is my oldest friend in the world, who I went to montessori school with. The first night there we went to the house of Cedric’s childhood friend Marciel and grabbed some boards, ate some good food in their backyard, and I made friends despite speaking very little french. We later went to a party in the center of the village, which happened to be hawaii themed. So Cedric and I grabbed two aloha shirts from my suitcase at their apartment two doors down and fit right in.

The next day we discovered the wave Parliament, was breaking and as the tides drop drastically in the region, every wave that went by seemed to grow until they were overhead and crumbly. My brother Jonny showed up, as did Emily, Ai’s fashion design Protege, and the next few days we grabbed fresh fish, sometimes with the fish hook still in mouth, ham, cheese, wine and surfed more crispy beach break. I’ll need to go back next year for a few weeks and work on my French.

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Ocean Life Through the Lens: The Top Wildlife Photographs of 2014

by Carolyn Sotka

These beautiful images represent finalists in the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, presented by London’s Natural History Museum and BBC. Fifty finalists were chosen from over 41,000 entries. Enjoy!

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‘Kings into the Dark’ by Stanley Leroux

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Nazaré, Portugal’s Colossal Shorebreak in all its Wicked Glory.

by Chris Dixon

This morning, Garrett McNamara posted up an epic photo on his WhoSay page by Portuguese journalist Pedro Agostinho Cruz with the words, “holy moly.” The photo shows the colossal shorebreak at Nazaré, Portugal in all its wicked glory.

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This Is How NatGeo Young Explorer Erika “Bilgey” Bergman Prepares for a Dip in the Arctic

by Owen James Burke

National Geographic Young Explorer and ROV-building badass Erika “Bilgey” Bergman is planning to snorkel across the Northwest Passage in 2016 with team Sedna, a group of 10 unbelievably intrepid women.

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Salty Stories: Mission Blue Photographer and Expedition Leader Kip Evans on Life in Exploration Through Photography

by Owen James Burke

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Kip Evans with a submersible (Photo courtesy of Kip Evans)

Kip Evans has logged over 1,500 hours of diving and participated in or led over 50 expeditions throughout over two decades of exploring the world. He grew up as a Navy brat in the best possible sense; his father, a Navy doctor, led the family around the world instilling them with a sense of wonder and stewardship for the sea and the wild. While his father was stationed in Taipei, Kip found himself in the jungle, collecting snakes and spiders and whatever other deadly, venomous critters he could get his hands on. The family traveled to the Philippines, Tahiti, Thailand, and beyond, almost always staying on the water.

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A young Kip Evans and brother Sam, on vacation in Tahiti while the family was stationed in Taiwan (Courtesy of Kip Evans)

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Beneath the Wave: A Hypnotic Glimpse into the Secret Underworld

by Carolyn Sotka

Check out this gorgeous underwater footage from Morgan Maassen.

Morgan described the short as “a brief odyssey into the world that I cherish most.”

Filmed on a Red Epic, Nikon 14mm F/2.8 lens, in an SPL waterhousing.

Music: “Shopping Malls” by SJD