The Scuttlefish

Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

Month: October, 2013

Why 8 Philippine Soldiers Are Manning a Remote Shipwreck in the South China Sea

China and The Philippines at odds over The South China Sea

The Philippines, China, Vietnam and Taiwan all lay claim to the hundreds of (almost) uninhabitable atolls and reefs that make up what are collectively known as the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Why? Aside from being some of the most fertile fishing grounds left in the world, recent rumors suggests that there may be large reserves of natural gas and crude oil in the area. These Philippine soldiers are there to protect it.

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This Diver Had a Photograph of Himself on a Dive Tattooed Across His Back

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This tattoo took 30 hours under the needle to complete, and a magnum tattoo needle–49 needles bunched together.

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Hidden Arms of the Sea~ Les Calanques, France

Climbing a hill with an arid sun beating your brow, the small slices of limestone sediment rupture under your feet. They stir a whirl of dust behind your sandals that breezes into the wind-shaped trees. Your breathing is heavy, your legs aching with lactic acid built up from the ascent of the inverted slope. Still, you quicken your pace because you know, you understand that a moving landscape exists just over the pass. And when you arrive, you stare incredulously that such beauty exists. This is the south of France, Les Calanques. 

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Disaster at Nightingale: How Ship Groundings Threaten Wildlife on the World’s Remotest Islands

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Near Tristan Da Cunha are a set of atolls known as the Nightingales. Between the turbulent waters and the fog-ridden skies, helmsmen have a history of grounding cargo ships on, in and around the Nightingales. This is the story of the resulting tragedies that fall upon the millions of seabirds which inhabit the islands.

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This Is How the Hawaii Undersea Lab Launches a 13-Ton Submarine

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Terry Kerby, who has been piloting submarines for over 30 years, explains how he and his team have been working 7 days a week for two months in order to conserve funding by using a dormant 17-year-old barge to transport and launch their submarine.

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Strange Love Craft: Taylor’s Mistake Handski

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“Taylor’s Mistake Handski” was first designed by a few Kiwis in the 1970s on a beach called “Taylor’s Mistake” in Christchurch, New Zealand. Out of production for several years, a couple of Dutch guys have planned to reproduce the design with a few alterations including a more ecologically-friendly design and a recess for a gopro mount.

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60,000-Ton Ancient Cairn Discovered in Sea of Galilee

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Basalt rocks at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee are surrounded by schooling tilapia

The extraterrestrial theorists will, no doubt, have their minds set with certainty that this structure is of some otherworldly influence, but research conducted by a handful of universities in Israel suggest a different story.

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18-Foot Oarfish Found Dead; Dragged Ashore by the Catalina Island Marine Institute

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The efforts of 15 people were required to bring this 18-foot oarfish ashore.

Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) instructor Jasmine Santana spotted the giant fish while snorkeling on Sunday, October 13th in Catalina’s Toyon Bay. Dead, of an apparently natural cause, the colossus was resting at the bottom of the bay.

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The head of the 18-foot-long oarfish spotted by Jasmine Santana off Catalina Island

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