The Scuttlefish

Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

Month: June, 2011

Castles by the Sea

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The Cliff House is a restaurant perched on the headlands on the cliffs just north of Ocean Beach on the western side of San Francisco, California. It overlooks the site of the former Sutro Baths and a room-sized camera obscura and is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, operated by the National Park Service.

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Stanford Researchers Design Hydrophones After Orca Whale Ears

For most of us, listening to the sound of the ocean is a romantic experience, but for a group of Stanford researchers, it is the purveyor of invaluable information. The team has developed an underwater microphone, or hydrophone, with a threshold of 160 decibels and 17 octaves, which is more than twice that of a piano, for example.

Sure, we have radar, sonar, and hydrophones have already been invented. But after looking at the orca whale, whose ultrasensitivity to sound is nearly unmatched, the research team at Stanford believed that we could do better.

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Japan’s Tableside Fishing Restaurant

Zauo is a restaurant in Japan in which your table is beside an aquarium filled with fish and boats. You receive a fishing pole and some bait, and are instructed to try to pick and hook your meal.

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“Johan’s Ark” and 21st Century Ark-Building

 

20 years ago, Dutch construction company owner Johan Huibers had a dream that part of Holland had been flooded. The very next day, he was stricken with the compulsion to build an ark.

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Wish You Were Here: Socotra Island, Yemen

Being 150 miles from the Horn of Africa in the Indian Ocean, the Socotra island archipelago in Yemen is so secluded that a third of its plant life is found nowhere else on the planet, and bats are the island’s only native mammal. The chain consists of three other islands, but all of which are nearly uninhabitable.

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Surfer Bethany Hamilton Hurts Her Remaining Arm

Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton was on a 10-day surfing excursion in Indonesia with Rip Curl when she took a spill, slicing her bicep open on one of her surfboard fins. She required 10 stitches, but is still feeling considerable numbness in her forearm.

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Water Wench Wednesday

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sophia loren – boy on a dolphin (1957)

imagePhaedra is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While diving, she discovers an ancient brass and gold stature of a boy riding a dolphin, which is said to have the magical power to grant wishes. Her shiftless boyfriend wants to sell it to an unscrupulous art collector, but Phaedra wants to give it to anthropologist Jim Calder, who would return it to the Greek government.

Originally, the film was to star Cary Grant. It was four days into shooting in Greece when Grant canceled. His wife, Betsy Drake, had survived the sinking of the Andrea Doria ocean liner and he went to be with her. Robert Mitchum was then considered, before Alan Ladd was finally signed to play Dr. James Calder.

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Wrap Around Mermaid Belt Bucklevia allmermaids

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How to Drive in the Sand Without Getting Stuck

Surfer magazine asked Outer Banks surfer and beach mogul Jesse Hines to help us all out with a little advice for keeping our vehicles afloat in the sand, and Mr. Hines provided just the right set of instruction

First and foremost, you must have a 4×4 vehicle. When approaching the beach, let some air out of the tires (to about 20 psi), which will allow you to glide along the surface of the sand, rather than dig into it

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