The Scuttlefish

Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

Month: April, 2014

Watch 315 Years of Ocean Data Animated by Google Maps

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The International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS) compiles 261 million weather observations made from ships and weather buoys between the years 1662 and 2007, and NOAA says it’s “probably the most complete and heterogenous collection of surface marine data in existence.”

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An MMA Fighter Rescues a Baby Dolphin and Shows His Softer Side

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No matter how much bloodshed you’ve endured, no matter how many faces you’ve kicked in, a fighter is never at a loss for soul. This could be no more evident than in the story of Irish MMA figher Cathal Pendred, who, while walking the beach this weekend, came across a concerned crowd of people surrounding a very helpless baby dolphin. What did he do? Just what anyone bearing his braun and half a heart would do in such an instance.

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Ocean Dandelions, Exemplary Communists of the Deep

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(Photos: NOAA)

In ocean dandelions, which are not plants but animals, each cell may act autonomously, but each thing they do contributes to one collective good: feeding their communal stomach.

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Watch These Wild Seal Pups Act Like Spoiled Lapdogs with Divers

Filmed off the Farne Islands in England, these two-month-old seal pups are very investigative, curious animals, and for these divers they acted like housebroken lapdogs, spoiled for attention.

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Artful Sandscaping on a New Zealand Beach

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Artists pose in the sand on Mt. Maunganui Beach in New Zealand (Photo: Alan Gibson)

“…I kind of like the fact that it disappears at the end of the day when the tide comes in. It makes it impermanent.”

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This Is Why the Whale at the American Museum of Natural History Doesn’t Fall

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Since its installation in 1968, millions have stood beneath the 21,000-pound blue whale in the Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), though few seem to have asked why it doesn’t fall. According to an admittedly “highly unscientific survey” by the New York Times, it appears that children are the ones who understand the physics behind the whale.

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Pod of Dolphins Scare off Great White Shark During Benefit Swim for Dolphins

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“I’d like to think they were protecting me and guiding me home!!!” wrote Adam Walker. (Photo: Adam Walker’s Facebook page)

British distance swimmer Adam Walker was in the midst of swimming the 16 miles across New Zealand’s Cook Strait when he noticed a great white shark tailing him. No sooner, an escort service of 10 guests of honor arrived and stuck by his side until the shark backed off.

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This Letter Was Written Aboard the Titanic 8 Hours Before It Sank

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…and it just sold at auction for almost $200,000.

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