The Scuttlefish

Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

Month: April, 2012

Albert Falco, rest in peace

From mission blue:

Falco first met Cousteau when he was 25 years old. He joined Cousteau and his team as a volunteer exploring a shipwreck off the coast of Marseille. He soon became chief diver of the team, and then captain of the R/V Calypso.

In 1959, he lived for 7 days at a depth of 10 meters in the first house under the sea in the Mediterranean, becoming one of the world’s first Oceanauts.

The movie which captured Falco’s time as an Oceanaut is World Without Sun.

Kevin Roche, Purple Mentawais Sunset

*Kevin Roche via The Inertia*

What happens when a robotic ocean glider meets a shark?

From my pals at Liquid Robotics, who just set a world record for distance by an unmanned wave powered vessel:

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Zach McCaffree, Untitled

Flickr via the Magic Bus

This is weird but I like it

A tragic end to a great white

A 20 ft, 2,000 lb great white shark was found dead in the nets of two fisherman in the Sea of Cortez.

“We were amazed and immediately realized that we had a huge, dead, great white shark, and then we thought what are we going to do?”




The Perfect Waterman’s Adventure Bag?

I just plunked down for a Patagonia Guidewater Duffel, in Max size. It has separate zippers and compartments for dry and wet (with a breathable mesh side) gear, and has a holder for rods but I’m going to use it for spears. I could have gotten the smaller size, which doubles as a carry on. But I feel like the larger bag will come in handy when hauling a wetsuit and other free diving equipment this summer. The larger bag will also fit free diving fins better. What do you think? What other interesting bags are out there for people with salty gear?

P.S. Joe Brown likes this bag by Orvis, for $20. It doesn’t have a dry section, but it’s $20!


Low Speed Chase

Low Speed Chase, washed up on the Farallon islands.

From the SF Gate:

“Rescuers have suspended the search for four sailors who were swept overboard when their 38-foot sailboat ran aground near the Farallon Islands, saying the “window of survivability” has closed…The four missing sailors were part of an eight-member crew whose boat, the Low Speed Chase, was pummeled by 12-foot waves during a race Saturday and forced onto rocks near the Farallon Islands, 27 miles west of the Golden Gate…The race around Farallones, an annual event since 1907, began at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. Several other boats turned back in the face of 25-knot winds and waves as high as 15 feet, described as typical conditions for the area.


Alexis Busch, one of the missing crewmen.