The Scuttlefish

Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

Month: October, 2014

A Few of The American Museum of Natural History’s Scariest Sea Creatures (and a Few of Our Own)

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(Image by Monkey Fist)

I grew up in New York’s American Museum of Natural History, spending a good amount of time staring up at the great belly of the Blue Whale in Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. I figured they’d have some opinions about weird ocean creatures, and I had the fortune and opportunity to talk to Doctor Mark Siddall, Curator and Professor of Invertebrate Zoology and Doctor Melanie Stiassny, Curator of Milstein Hall and Professor who specializes in Vertebrate Zoology and Ichthyology.

Here are some of the weirdest ocean creatures they could think of, and a few of our own.

— BL


(Photos via Oceana)

Mitsukurina owstoni, The Goblin Shark

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Halloween Greetings from the Shark-Swarming Carolina Pier Where I Learned to Fish – and Surf.

When I saw the above Facebook video, I literally stopped in my tracks and my jaw hung open. This scrum of mullet-hungry bull sharks (at least they look like bulls, or maybe sand sharks) was filmed at the pier in Surfside Beach, South Carolina.

Once sleepy Surfside Beach as I remember it as a kid. Our house was just out of the frame, a half block to the north. The amusement park and arcade, one of my favorite places on earth has since been replaced with a damned hotel. Click to blow it up.

This is my childhood pier. I spent every young summer of my life a block north at my grandparents’ old beach house, and eventually lived in the house for quite some time. I learned to fish on this pier with my dad and granddad. I not only learned to surf in the shadow of its pilings, but when I was a stupid teenager, my friends and surfed beneath its lights at night. For the hell of it, we also occasionally paddled around the pier at midnight, on warm summer evenings on our shortboards. The pier is 830 feet long. To get past the nighttime heavy tackle fishermen, who were fishing 130 pound test longlines with live bait, you had to paddle out way farther into the inky darkness than that. When my mom reads that sentence, she’s going to freak.

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Trailer, Stanley Kubrick Style


It’s strange to twist Wes Anderson’s farcical humor into the combined, equally horrifying imaginations of Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King, but Iván Róbert at Sploid somehow managed to do just that in this dark, mock-up trailer.

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The Graveyard of 1,000 Surfboards


Happy Hacking, Surf Grommets (Photo: Sundance Beach)

Australian graphic artist Chris Anderson spent two years collecting the 1,000 broken surfboards for this exhibit on Garie Beach in Illawarra, Australia, which buried in the sand as tombstones, glowing over candles.

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Wish You Were Here: The Raja Ampat Archipelago, Indonesia


(Photo: Sterling Zumbrunn/Conservation International)

The 1,500 islets, cays and shoals that make up the Raja Ampat Archipelago on the Indonesian side of Papua New Guinea are as diverse as they are numbered, and quickly becoming some of the most premier diving locations in the world.

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This Is How an Artificial Reef Can Become Your Living Memorial


(Photo via Eternal Reefs)

Have a sea funeral, build a reef. It sure sounds better than having the worms pick your brains.

If 1% of everyone who decides on cremation chooses to have an artificial reef installed in their name, 8,000 new reefs could be created annually.

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Has Google Earth Ruined Surfing?


Could Google Earth take the wonder out of surfing? Maybe it already has.

In 2004, Google acquired the technology for Google Earth from Microsoft. Now, almost every surf break has been photographed by satellite, save a few far flung spots like Antarctica, sections of British Columbia, southern Chile, the Mentawai islands, Western Africa and the Atlantic Maritimes.

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This Is What Surfing Looks Like at 1,000 Frames Per Second

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You’ve never seen surfing like this before.

Surfing makes for the perfect spectator sport; it’s fluid and it’s natural, which makes it look effortless. But this film, shot by Chris Bryan at 1,000 feet per second (fps) with high speed Phantom Flex cameras, shows every ripple in every wave and every bit of uncertainty in the surfers’ faces. Look closely, and you’ll see that even Kelly Slater has a moment of doubt from time to time. Doesn’t look so easy now, does it?

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