The Scuttlefish

Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

Month: July, 2015

This Is How Subsistence Fishermen Hunt the Danajon Bank in the Philippines, By Night

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Photo: Thomas P. Peschak/NatGeo.

Fishing, almost the world over, is better at night. No one knows this better than those who live–and subsist–by shallow reefs, which come alive at night when otherwise vigilant critters grow hungry and let up their guard up to go on the prowl.

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In a Post Apocalyptic World, Zombie Surfers are the New Locals in this Oddly Serene Music Video


Still from Air’s Nicolas Godin‘s new music/surf video.

When I made my ‘bucket list’ at the start of my 40th year, I never would have guessed that my two top goals, learning to surf and being a zombie, would cross over in such a bizarre and appropriate way. Check out this weird yet strangely relaxing music video from Air’s Nicolas Godin. The video features zombie surfers, played by South African pros Michael February, Simone Robb and Matthew Moir.

Set to Nicolas Godin‘s new solo recording “Widerstehe doch der Sünde” or Stay Away from Sin, Godin is one of the duo that makes up the French retro-futurist Air.

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The zombie surf video was directed by The Sacred Egg and produced by Riff Raff Films.

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Bucket list #1, become a zombie on the Walking Dead (with the surprise bonus of meeting the amazing Andrew Lincoln). Photo by Iliana Sanchez Taylor. 


Still from Air’s Nicolas Godin‘s new music/surf video.

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Glowworms Light the Sky of a New Zealand Cave with a Sea of Stars


These 30 million year old cave formations are a majestic backdrop to the bioluminescence of the glowworms. Photo by Joseph Michael.

Arachnocampa luminosa is a species of glowworm endemic to New Zealand and a fungus gnat  that hangs down from the ceiling of caves with a silken thread. Both larvae and pupae are luminescent and although males stop glowing after a few days; female’s glow increases, likely to attract a mate and prey. Its Māori name is titiwai, meaning “projected over water”.


The Waitomo Caves in the North Island and the Te Ana-au Caves in the South Island are the best known habitats, both caves having become popular and highly frequented tourist attractions. Photo by Joseph Michael

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This Is the World’s First (Entirely) Catch and Release Aquarium

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Screenshot: Hakai Magazine’s video, “Catch, Borrow, Release.”

Every March, the Ucluelet Aquarium on Vancouver Island, Canada sets out to catch specimens for their hands-on exhibits, and every December, the aquarium closes and the critters are released.

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Part of What Appears to Be a Boeing 777 Wing Just Washed Ashore on Reunion Island; Is it from Flight MH370?


Above: Investigators arrive on the scene at Reunion Island. Photo: AFP/Getty Images.

The answer may seem obvious enough to some, but experts are waiting for certainty.

Other Boeing 777s have crashed into the Indian Ocean in recent years, including Yemenia Airways Airbus A310, which went down off Reunion in 2009. Still yet, the partial debris may be the flaperon (a gimbaled foil on the back edge of an airplane wing) of an even older crash.

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Watch (and Listen to) the Moment a Diver Finds Over a Million Dollars in Sunken Gold Coins.

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“Hohohohoho! Oh my! Oh man!” – couldn’t have put it any better myself. Photo via CBS.

Treasure hunters Eric Schmitt and family have been at it for over 50 years, but the Sanford, Florida family has yet to anything nearly as significant as this.

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10,000 Miles on the Trail of The World’s Most Wanted Fishing Vessel and the Laughable Response of the Maritime Industry to The New York Times’ Devastating Reporting.


Above: One of Sea Shepherd’s vessels limping through the tortured waters of the Southern Ocean somewhere south of Cape Town, South Africa. Screenshot: Animal Planet/Sea Shepherd Global, Selase Kove-Seyram for The New York Times.

The last segment of The New York Times’ “The Outlaw Ocean” series came out this week. This fourth and final installment, titled “A Renegade Trawler Hunted for 10,000 Miles by Vigilantes,” details the story of two Sea Shepherd ships which tailed one of the world’s most wanted illegal fishing vessels for over 10,000 miles – because not one national government or international maritime organization would bother to pursue the rogue vessel.

Over 111 days, the Bob Barker and the Sam Simon, vessels named after the T.V. game show host and “The Simpsons” creator (both investors)–followed the Nigerian-registered, Norwegian-built seine netter Thunder through the “furious fifties” and the “roaring forties,” latitudes where winds and waves are almost continuously in excess of 40 knots and 40 feet.

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A Patagonian toothfish, or Chilean sea bass from one of The Thunder’s 45-mile-long illegal nets which Sea Shepherd seized. (Ed’s note: Sea Shepherd’s seizure of the net was illegal, according to some maritime lawyers, but chances of prosecution are very low in the wake of The Thunder’s illegal activities.) Photo: Jeff Wirth/Sea Shepherd Global.

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In the Galapagos, Instability Clouds Make Crashing Waves in the Sky


“Shark fins in the sky.” Waves of humidity roll over San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. Photo: Chris Miller.

Kelvin-Helmholtz instability clouds break just like waves, crest over trough, only in the sky. They happen when there is a velocity shear, a difference in windspeed between layers, where the top layer moves faster than the bottom.

This magnificent phenomenon of fluidity with clouds is the same thing that happens, on a smaller, less-visible scale as wind blows over water. See the graphic below:


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