The Scuttlefish

Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

Month: December, 2013

Downeast~Anchorings off Maine

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Your weather will often be gelid and clouded.  Your waters will often be dark and uneven.  Your winds will often be shifting and sudden.  But you will welcome it all because there is no other way to understand the ruggedness and resilience of Maine.   The state’s granite harshness, Atlantic cold, hundreds of islands, and punctuated seasons are its attraction- they feel very frank, free, and somehow unaffected by the swiftness of modernity.  And to justly appreciate a large aspect of Maine’s character you must take to sail.  The rough seas, shoals, ledges, and intemperate meteorological conditions will connect you to the state as the sea is but a seamless extension of the land.

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This Is the World’s Newest Island

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Niijima, which lies about 600 miles south of Tokyo in the Ogasawara Islands, is the world’s newest island, and although it doesn’t consist of anything more than volcanic ash and rock, it could someday sustain life.

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Honeymooners Stranded When Seal Steals Their Dinghy for Four Days

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Eddie Stebbings and bride Bee Buechetook may have chosen a strange way to spend their honeymoon when they decided to spend three months living with a colony of Atlantic grey seals on a remote island off the coast of England, but what happened to them was unquestionably out of their hands.

Skomer Island, off the Pembrokeshire coast of Great Britain, is home to over 400 Atlantic grey seals. Stebbings and Buechetook had just returned to the island for pupping season, where they are wildlife wardens:

“One morning in October the seal flopped itself into the boat. It refused to budge for four days and was at one point joined by another seal. He was about four times my weight, eight foot long and clearly not worried about people coming close to him.”

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Can We Control Our Pupils to See Better Underwater?

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The Moken, a nomadic people of Burma and Thailand, can. Pupils dilate with less light, but they’ve learned to supersede this instinct by keeping them small in low light, in turn, giving them ultra-clear vision underwater.

“Recent studies suggest that any child can quickly learn this trick.”

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