The Scuttlefish

Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

Month: June, 2014

Video: Scientists Discover a Strange, Purple Jelly with the Nautilus


Siphonophores are like jellyfish, only they’re not individual animals, but built up of colonies (like corals or polyps). They often resemble jellyfish though, and the most well-known of the species is the Portuguese Man-of-War. This purple siphonophore looks more like a used (and oversized) something-or-other you might come across floating in New York Harbor.

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Life in Salt: An Interview with Master Photographer and Round-the-World Ocean Racer Onne van der Wal


(Photo: Billy van der Wal)

“I think the nicest thing about the sea is that even though there are other people out there, it’s still very quiet…there are just so many times I’m out on the water in Narragansett Bay, which is a stunning piece of water, and the engine is off and we’re drifting or casting…and I look around at my driver and say ‘We live in the most beautiful part of the world’…”

Onne van der Wal has been a professional sailing photographer for over 25 years. He’s been as close to the north and south poles as you can get with a sailboat and, aboard every kind of yacht you could imagine, gone everywhere in between. Having completed more than ten trans-Atlantic crossings, he’s ridden out 80-knot winds off Tristan da Cunha, followed Shackleton’s expedition in the South Seas, and nearly lost his life photographing Tierra del Fuego. We caught up with him after the Antigua Classics.

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Wish You Were Here: Spearfishing Wahoo and Dodging Sharks off Texas Oil Rigs

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Spearfishing big game around oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico has become popular with the more adventuresome, sporty crowd, and it’s easy to see why. Make no mistake though; this is not for the faint of heart.

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Veuve Clicquot is Conducting a 50-Year Undersea Experiment on Its Champagnes


One of the 46 (or 47, depending on who you ask) bottles of Veuve Clicquot discovered within a 1840s shipwreck in the Baltic Sea, which was en route to Russia when it met its fate (Image: Commonconstitutionalist)

Veuve Clicquot has submerged a selection of its Rosé 40 meters beneath the Baltic Sea where 47 of their bottles dating back to between 1839 and 1841 were discovered four years ago, along with the Åland shipwreck. That wine sold for nearly $80,000 USD in 2009.

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Video: Watch How a Spider Crab Molts

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Fair warning: watching this time-lapse could be a visceral experience, and you may reconsider eating softshell crab after watching.

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Running with Salts: A Tale of Human Trafficking in the Caribbean

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Illustration by Andrew Bobrek

Salts worked for the energy company in the Virgin Islands, received his pension, and got out. He would have had enough to finance the rest of his days, had he not fathered eight children by five different women. In his retirement, he took it upon himself to enter an entirely different occupation. In the black of night with no lights, he would make a 90-mile run to Saint Martin and back within a night, carrying various arrays of commodities and plunder.

Salts drew my attention. Much more so, generally, than the rest of the lot on that desolate island. The premise of our first meeting, I’ll never forget.

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Kim Jung-un Enjoys a Playdate Aboard a 1950s Soviet Submarine (Belonging to His Navy)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stands on the conning tower of a submarine during his inspection of the KPA Naval Unit 167

Korea’s “Supreme Leader” took time out of his busy schedule of heavy drinking and meetings with Dennis Rodman to (sort of) take control of the periscope of this tattered Cold War-era submarine (belonging to his navy), and even give the captain a few pointers.

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Wish You Lived Here: Mossel Bay, South Africa


Fishing, surfing, diving and whale-watching are all available from the doorstep of this oceanfront property in Mossel Bay, South Africa.

The two surfing spots in front, Inner and Outer Pool, are both visible from the wraparound deck, and the world-famous J-Bay is within striking distance. There are also several tidal pools to wade through, Stone Age caves to explore, cliffs to hike and golf courses, casinos and pubs in which to while away your time and money when the sun and salt start to get to you (I hate when that happens).

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