The Scuttlefish

Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

Month: May, 2014

Life in Salt: A Nostalgic Interview with the Father of Underwater Archaeology, Dr. George Bass

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Dr. George Bass circa 1977 (Photo: Courtesy of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology/Jonathan Blair)

“…to me, diving—although I enjoy it immensely and I’m very sad that I’ll never dive again because I felt like I was so free underwater—was like driving a Jeep to get to my work site… I never got over a slight nervousness… I crossed the Atlantic twenty seven times in a ship before I ever flew across it.”

Dr. George Bass has found some of the oldest shipwrecks bearing some of the most ancient and invaluable treasures known to archaeology. Among them: the oldest book ever found (c. 1300 BC), a Bronze Age shipwreck filled with hippopotamus teeth, elephant tusks, 10 tons of coper ingots and 3 tons of glass ingots — the only glass ingots known to have survived history.

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The Colorado River Meets the Sea for the First Time in 16 Years

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Thanks to new legislation and a diversion to its original course, the 1,450-mile-long Colorado River is currently running its full length after reaching the Sea of Cortez (or Gulf of California) for the first time in 16 years.

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Brigantine, Unicorn, Sinks of St. Lucia

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The 138′ tall ship, built in Finland in the 1940’s, was famous for having been featured in several ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies and the popular 1970s television show ‘Roots.’

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Life in Salt: Surfer and Ocean Artist Laarni Gedo Talks About Waves and Paint

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“I’ve always loved the ocean. You know how a wave comes in and goes back on the shore? I remember chasing it, and then running away from it, then chasing it again. I’ve just always liked it.”

Laarni Gedo is a beautifully talented, gentle and salty soul living in Hawaii.

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This Floating Mangrove Sprouted Out of a Derelict WWII Cargo Ship

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(Photo: Deserted Places)

Built in 1911, the SS Ayrfield transported supplies to American soldiers in the Pacific during WWII, and later in her career, served as a collier. Decommissioned in 1972, she’s since been sitting in Sydney, Australia’s Homebush Bay, which apparently used to be something of a toxic wasteland rampant with deposits of phthalates and DDT, thanks to various industrial firms. Now, it’s taken on new life.

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Glass Window Bridge, North Eleuthera, The Bahamas

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This glass window bridge on north Eleuthera island in the Bahamas divides the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean Sea in a very dramatic way. Eric Cheng took the picture using one of his aerial photography drones.

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Wish You Were Here 40 years ago: Necker Island, British Virgin Islands (Before It Belonged to Richard Branson)

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(Photo: AP)

Necker Island is among the farthest-flung of the British Virgin Islands, which, before Richard Branson got a hold of it, was lush with native flora and fauna, and completely uninhabited by humans.

Still, it wouldn’t be right kick too much sand at Richard Branson (not for this, at least), because he took the time to do a somewhat commendable job of turning the isle into to an eco-resort. He’s also reintroduced native species to the island, like the pink flamingo strutting through the sand above, and has been a strong proponent of the shark protection bill that just passed in the BVIs.

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This Canoe Was Made of 7,382 Disposable Chopsticks

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Slightly heavier than the average cedar canoe (66 lbs), this 13′ wooden canoe was built of 7,382 disposable chopsticks. Shuhei Ogawara of Koriyama, Japan, a former city employee in the Fukushima prefecture town, was sick of seeing such perfectly good wood go to waste, and decided to do something about it.

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