The Scuttlefish

Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

Month: June, 2010

Lorenzo, the Portland Senator, and what the sea taught them

Director Lorenzo Fonda spent a part of his December two years ago on a cargo ship “Portland Senator”, travelling from LA to Shanghai. On the long voyage, he spent hours shooting the sea, and looking into it. And the ocean looked back and told him things about herself. And him. And he called the short film Ten Things I Have Learned About the Sea.

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The captain's silvery pod

Why does Jacques get to wear the black suit, when everyone else has to look like sardines? Because he’s the captain, damn it. [Cousteau]

The sea, she would never tell


Let the Navy blow up the well?

Christopher Brownfield used to be an officer on navy subs. Now he’s telling us that we should let the Navy drill a hole parallel to the well and use regular bombs (not nukes), to send a lateral shockwave into the vein, crushing it closed. He say the coast guard and BP have given up on closing it, waiting to relieve the pressure by drilling a secondary well before trying again. This could take months. Brownfield’s theory is that the Navy has far greater resources and experience with underwater demolition. And has handy toys like Alvin, the robotic sub that discovered the Titanic’s wreck. I am a humble, amateur, barely not drowning person who likes the ocean, but my take is that maybe letting the navy give it a try isn’t the worst idea. Is it? [NYT, image of WW2 US Navy Underwater demo team member by unknown ]

Why You Should Scuba Dive

There are two experiences in life that never fail to give me pause: riding in a plane, looking at the earth and the patterns of nature and civilization; and strapping a tank of air and diving in the sea.

Disappearing at sea (level)

Andrew Friend’s “Fantastic” project is all about helping people experience powerful things. For that, he calls on nature. On land, a sculture that is a lighting rod with a handle, meant to be posted on a mountain top in a storm, for a human–theoretically–to grab onto. In the ocean, the extraordinary experience of solitude only the open ocean can provide.

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On Tuna's end

The gulf is one of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna’s two spawning grounds, and so the oil spill will have disastrous effects on what is not only a fine eat, but as Paul Greenberg reminds us, a fine and wild animal. The animal’s story and history are as alive as creatures. Read this passage, please:

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How to spot quiet drowning

Instinctive Drowning Response is the technical framework for how people act when they are drowning. There’s no splashing or yelling. This is what it looks like:

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