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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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Fiddling While Rome Burns. A Sublime Surf Gallery from Hurricane Gonzalo.

by Chris Dixon

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Luke Hamilton, Folly Beach, SC. Photos: Clay Crutchfield. 

Hurricanes present a strange moral conundrum for surfers. They wreck lives – sometimes even our own. But hurricanes also radiate enormous pulses of swell from their pinwheeling spiral bands, and along the often wave-starved Atlantic Seaboard, they’re one of the most reliable sources of summer and autumn surf there is.

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The Newest — and Largest — Underwater Sculpture in the World, by Jason deCaires Taylor

by Owen James Burke

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This 18-foot, 60-ton sculpture, “Ocean Atlas” is the newest statue installation off Nassau in the Bahamas, where an underwater artificial reef trail is being built. It depicts a local Bahamian girl holding the surface of the sea on her shoulder in parody to the Greek sculpture of Titan Atlas, holding up the heavens. It’s also the largest (mostly) underwater statue in the world.

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Basket Star, Gargantuan Brittle Star of the Deep Sea

by Owen James Burke

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(Photo: Charleston Bump Expedition 2003/NOAA)

Ong Han Boon was fishing off Singapore when he hauled in this wiry-looking loosely woven basket. Not knowing what it was, he did the same thing anyone would do this day in age: he posted a video to one of his social media accounts hoping someone could identify it, or not, supposing that it may have been a new species.

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