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Happy Halloween From Your Friends at The Scuttlefish!


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Trainers at the New England Aquarium provided pumpkins for the seals and sea lions to explore as a festive means of enrichment. Exploring new textures and shapes and smells is a fun activity that keeps these marine mammals healthy and happy. This is how the Leu the fur seal and Zoe the sea lion celebrated Halloween! Image from the New England Aquarium.


To all of our readers! Have a safe and happy Halloween!




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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PBS’ “Big Blue Live” Tonight: A Multi-day and Live Affair in Celebration of the Monterey Bay

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Humpback whale in the Monterey Bay, California. Photo courtesy of Cathy Munsch.

Editor’s Note: A few years ago, Scuttlefish writer Carolyn Sotka and Dr. Stephen R. Palumbi authored a terrific book, The Death and Life of the Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival. The book was inspired by the deep human and natural history of the Monterey Bay and its rich, ecological tapestry. But it wasn’t always like it is today. Over hundreds of years, there was serial exploitation of marine animals that weakened and disrupted the health and resilience of the Bay – beginning with whaling and otter hunts and through the intense boom and bust of the sardine fishery. Tonight PBS will launch Big Blue Live, a unique 3-day TV event. Watch the broadcast and read the book about one of the most amazing places on earth, the Monterey Bay. 

PBS and BBC joined forces to bring you an event inspired by the ocean and unlike anything you have seen before. Big Blue Live debuts tonight, August 31 – September 2, 2015 on PBS. This live television and online broadcast program will celebrate one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Monterey Bay, California.

While Monterey Bay is full of life year-round, this program focuses on a once-a-year phenomenon where humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, and shearwaters all converge in the Bay during August and September.

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Sea otter wrapped in kelp in the Monterey Bay. Photo by Jim Capwell.

Watch the Big Blue Live trailer below:

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New York City’s Fresh Take on the Old-Time Carousel – Immerse Yourself on the SeaGlass


Photo by Karsten Moran for The New York Times.

Last week, a carousel like you have never seen before, opened in Lower Manhattan’s Battery with an interesting twist, instead of horses – fish await for your ride through an underwater world.

The stainless steel ‘tank’ reflects electric bioluminescence and aqueous patterns are projected on the nautilus -inspired ceiling. This immersive sensory environment is accompanied by ‘bubbly’ sounds, adapted from Mozart’s 40th Symphony and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.


The SeaGlass Carousel is 46 feet in width with 30 mechanized fish as your chariot. Photo by Karsten Moran for The New York Times.

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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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How the Scientific Legacy of Inventor of the Aquarium Lies Lost on the Ocean Floor


Jeanne Villepreux-Power one of the world’s first female biologists, by Anne-Lan, from WomenRockScience

Most people don’t know the history behind modern day aquariums, either for use in our homes or for spectacular display at places such as the Charleston and Monterey Bay Aquariums. This simple device – something we today wholly take for granted – as always having been there, was devised by one of the first-noted female marine biologists, Jeanne Villepreux-Power.

After moving to Sicily, Italy with her new husband in 1818, 22-year old Villepreux-Power abandoned her career as a seamstress to intensely study the natural history of her new home. Entirely self-taught with no formal education beyond reading and writing, she observed the flora and fauna of the island. She was most drawn to the life beneath the sea, and through her interest in marine mollusks, she created what is thought to be the first aquarium in 1832. It’s surely one of the greatest contributions to the study of marine biology.

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Join ‘Obsura Day’ on May 30th for a Worldwide Celebration of Unusual Places


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Altas Obscura, an online travel magazine, has deemed May 30th, 2015 its ‘Obscura Day’, and will co-host over 150 events around the world that highlight curious and awe-inspiring, coastal locales.

If you happen to be in the chosen 39 states and 25 countries with May 30th events, it is your lucky day. Most are free or very low in cost. Check out Atlas Obscura’s Web site for a full list of tours but here ‘s a sample of coastal destinations.

New York: Coney Island – Mermaids, Cyclones and Sea Horse Sideshows! Discover the wonder and amazement of a New York  institution since the 1840s.

New York: Islands of the Undesirables. Discover the dark and fascinating history of New York City’s penal, quarantine and asylum islands aboard the Water Table on this special Obscura Day cruise.


Renwick Smallpox Hospital and later the Maternity and Charity Hospital Training School, is an abandoned hospital located on Roosevelt Island in ManhattanNew York CityPhoto from Wikipedia.

Indonesia: The Sacred Caves of Bali. Discover a 9th- century sanctuary entered through the ornately carved mouth of a demon and visit an ancient cave temple home to thousands of bats and a mythological snake king.


The Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave in Bali. Photo from Wikipedia.

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Dubai-Based Company Brings the Ocean Right to the Doorstep…of Your Bathroom?


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United Arab Emirates-based IMPERIAL INTERIORS has been a leader in offering new 3-D epoxy flooring technology that can can bring oceanscapes and private sunsets right to your front door. The flooring is touted as environmentally friendly, and can resemble a variety of scenes from dolphins peering at you from the edge of your tub; to waves lapping at your feet at the end of your bed.


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