The Scuttlefish

Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

Month: September, 2015

Woman Thanks Bear for Not Eating Her Kayak, Pepper Sprays Bear, Bear Has Change of Heart.

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This is what happens, lady. This is what happens when you spray a bear in the face. Screenshot from Mary Maley’s YouTube video.

In this woman’s defense, this bear probably was a little too close for comfort, but then, we can’t blame the bear either, can we?

Mary Maley, who was on a solo kayak trip from Ketchikan to Petersburg, Alaska, was posted up outside of a US Forest Service cabin in Berg Bay, Wrangell District, and had just carried her tent, food and gear into the cabin before a 4 mile hike. She heard something outside while having her lunch, and came out to find this:

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Screenshot from Mary Maley’s YouTube video.

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Meet the 23-Year-Old Lobsterwoman Paying off College Loans by Living the Dream in Maine


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“One thing I like about being a girl out here is that they can’t pay me less than a guy,” 23-year-old Maine lobster boat captain Sadie Samuels told “They just can’t. There’s a price per pound, and fuel costs the same whether you’re a guy or a girl.”

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New Zealand Announces Plans to Expand the Kermadec Marine Sanctuary to the Size of France

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Above: A rizzo’s dolphin which came to play off the bow of Tindori. This species of dolphin is only found in the waters surrounding New Zealand. Photo: Owen James Burke.

Just the other day, I came home from a fishing trip after being swarmed by dolphins, sharks, whales, fish and gannets to find out that New Zealand President John Key had announced the island-nation’s plans to establish one of the largest marine reserves in the world. I may have been in the Marlborough Sounds over 1,000 miles southwest of the proposed reserve, but I couldn’t help but feel hopeful that these creatures, too, will benefit from this vast new sanctuary. -OJB

The tropical waters surrounding New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands are some of the most biodiverse–and pristine–seas remaining on this big blue marble. Millions of seabirds, over 150 species of fish, and some 35 species of whales and dolphins, along with three endangered sea turtles, countless corals, shellfish and crustaceans.

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Watch an Ocean Sinkhole Swallow a Beautiful Campsite, Car and Trailers on Australia’s Sunshine Coast


Devastation of the campground lost into the sea by a sinkhole, which forced the evacuation of over 300 campers and staff. Photo by Kieren Hudson.

Earlier this week, a major sinkhole occurred at the Inskip Point Campgrounds on Australia’s Sunshine coast. Luckily no one was injured but according to Clayton Towing, campers ” Heard a noise like a storm. On looking they realized the sand was rapidly disappearing into the ocean at an amazing speed. They only just got their 4wds and caravans out with seconds to spare, as their campsite disappeared 3 metres down into the ocean. A 4wd, large caravan, camper trailer, and tents on the site next to them were all swallowed into the ocean.”

Sinkholes are caused by the collapse of underground caves or other cavities due to heavy rain, flooding, or earthquakes, which can destabilize the rocks beneath Earth’s surface.

“This area has a history where sinkholes occur regularly, it has something to do with the way sediments are formed and the way water moves through the Earth over millions of years or thousands of years,” geotechnical engineer Allison Golsby from consulting company ConsultMine told the ABC.

Check out the dashcam footage of the chaos that ensued below. The sh** gets real at about 8 minutes in.

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The Birth and Soul of an Octopus as Told in a New Book and Captured on Film


The Soul of an Octopus is from the the author of the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig, by Sy Montgomery.

In The Soul of an Octopus Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.

Montgomery’s popular 2011 Orion magazine piece, “Deep Intellect,” about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures.

Since then Sy has practiced true immersive journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters. Octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in myriad ways: endless trickery to escape enclosures and get food; jetting water playfully to bounce objects like balls; and evading caretakers by using a scoop net as a trampoline and running around the floor on eight arms. Published in May of 2015, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about consciousness and the meeting of two very different minds.

Check out the remarkable up close video (below) which documents the birth of octopuses, from their carefully guarded egg sacks.

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Wish You Were Here – A Morning of Perfect Autumn Surf in Folly Beach, Courtesy of Hurricane Joaquin.


Empty Wednesday morning peeler. Photo: Chris Dixon

It wasn’t huge, but it sure was pretty. Water temperature, around 78. Air, around 81. East and Southeast swell, five or so feet at 11 seconds. Wind, very light offshore. That’s the recipe for perfectly shaped a-frames up and down the sandbars of Folly Beach, South Carolina. All in all, a dreamy morning of surf. For us, the waves will only get bigger and better as Joaquin strengthens and a north wind blows. But as with every tropical storm that develops nearshore our relationshipo with this spinning low is complicated. Our bounty could well turn into sheer Joaquin-induced disaster for the Bahamas, Virginia or the Northeast. — CD

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The all over the place tracks for Joaquin from Weather Underground. 

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Christie’s to Auction Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Medals on October 8th


Above: Shackleton’s Royal Geographic Society Silver Medal (1904) and a photo of the young, strapping explorer. Image: Christie’s South Kensington.

Throughout his brief life and career, Sir Ernest Shackleton, who, enchanted by literature but bored with school, left formal education behind to join the Merchant Marine at the age of 16.

He wouldn’t set sail on his first exploratory expedition until July of 1901, when he was selected to join Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition, the first British voyage into the Antarctic for 60 years.

Shackleton was sent home by Scott, with whom he was reported to have ill rapport (Scott only sighted that Shackleton was ill). Still, Shackleton wanted to continue his exploratory endeavors, and four years later set sail on what is generally accepted to be his most successful campaign, aboard the Nimrod.

Shackleton went on to earn over 40 medals and awards throughout his career, and on October 8th, 15 of them will be put up for auction by Christie’s in South Kensington, England.

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Unimaginable Wealth Yet Decades of Emptiness: Bellosguardo – A Mansion Frozen in Time

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The Bellosguardo Estate. Photo by Buddy Moffet.

Hidden above one of the most valuable stretches of coastline in California lies a 21,666-square-foot French mansion that has been empty for close to 60 years. Bellosguardo was the summer home of copper heiress Huguette Clark and sits on 23 acres overlooking Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean.

After Huguette’s mother died, she did not return to the estate because her memories were too sad to want to stay there. The last time she visited was in 1953, nearly six decades before her own death in 2011.

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