The Scuttlefish

Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

Month: March, 2011

Sea Butterfly, “Potato Chip of the Sea”

The sea butterfly, or “potato chip of the sea,” is a small, 1/2″-wide, swimming snail belonging to the pteropod group, which includes winged-foot, free-swimming snails and sea slugs.  The sea butterfly lives in polar waters as a dominant zooplankton and is named for its popularity as a snack with all predators, which even include this seemingly docile sea angel, also a member of the pteropods:

*via seamonstery*

A Moray Eel Visits the Dentist

Pilot fish often sanitize the mouths of sharks and sandpipers pick bugs off of hippos, but none of these symbiotic relationships mirror the single daring task of the Pacific cleaner shrimp who seeks sustenance within the devilish open gate of a green moray eel, who occasionally decides to turn his dentist into a quick and easy snack.

*via jraffunderwater*

“The Life of Ply,” A Board Short

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“To me, swimming in the sea is dead…If the surf’s flat, I don’t bother to go in.”

Since 1948, Dorothy Long, or “Dotty” as she is known by friends and fellow surfers, has been bellysurfing ply boards religiously, apart from Great Britain’s cold winters when she retreats to the heated indoor pool.

Directed by Mark Kermode and awarded “Most Inspirational Film” at the Cornwall Film Festival Board Shorts event, “The Life of Ply” observes Dotty’s spirituality through her life-long dedication to bellyboarding, and her husband, Peter.  Peter has never taken much to the surf, but has expressed a respectable understanding of his wife’s passion for riding a good wave, likening it to his own life-long passion: golf.  “Although I don’t surf,” he admits, “I can appreciate that she’s had a good day and is on a high…The thrill of whacking a golf ball 200 yards down the fairway, I suppose is somewhat akin to riding a reasonable wave-you get that feeling of intense satisfaction and pleasure.”  Exactly.


*via stokereport*

Praia Piquinia 06/08/04 15h40

Praia Piquinia

by Christian Chaizevia mpdrolet

it shimmers by Marci McDonald

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via allmermaids

Fin Features Help Scientists ID Individual Sharks

Scientists at the University of Bristol have developed a software database that will allow them to identify sharks individually by their dorsal fins.  Founder of the White Shark Trust, Swiss marine biologist Michael Scholl has spent 10 years gathering ‘finprints’ of 1,500 great white sharks, and hopes that the database will someday be able to track populations, growth, and movement.  A shark’s finprint may not be quite as distinctly unique as a human’s fingerprint, but you can certainly see the degrees of variation between fin shapes, especially in combination with scars.

*via seamonstery*

I just asked for somethin’ casual and beach inspired…

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Man Dives into Tsunami to Rescue Family

43-year-old Hideaki Akaiwa of Ishinomaki, Japan rushed to high ground after Japan’s March 11th earthquake to place a call to his wife and mother.  When neither of whom responded, despite pleas from companions, Akaiwa strapped on scuba gear and dove into the cold, murky depths of the wreckage.  He swan 200 yards through what was left of his neighborhood, which was 10 feet underwater, in order to reach and rescue his wife, and when he realized that his mother was still missing, returned to the depths of the rubble in search of her as well.  When he finally found her on Tuesday, four days later, she had been trapped in the upper floor of her house, hoping for rescue.

With his family safe and secure, Akaiwa, a true hero, continues to pick through the debris in search of others who may also be trapped.


*via latimes*