The Scuttlefish

Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

Category: dive

Watch: This Is What It’s Like to Glide Between Two Continents in Iceland’s Silfra Fissure

Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 3.03.19 PM

Screenshot from Hashem Al-Ghaili’s video.

Silfra fissure, in Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park holds some of the clearest, cleanest water on the face of the earth. It’s also where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet, but not for much longer, relatively speaking.

Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 2.54.34 PM

Screenshot from Hashem Al-Ghaili’s video.

The Silfra fissure is diverging at a rate of about 2 centimeters per year, but there are still parts of the fissure where you can place your palms on both continental plates, for now.

Read more»

This Is How Beetles Breathe Underwater

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 9.09.17 AM

Screenshot from the video below.

Beetles and other bugs can’t hold their breath the same way humans do, so those that rely on submarine food sources carry air with them underwater, thanks to surface tension.

The beetle gathers air and forms a bubble with its outer wings while on the surface, dragging it down as it dives to hunt for food. When the bubble runs low, the beetle simply lets go of what’s left and returns topside for another.

Read more»

40 Years Ago Today, The Edmund Fitzgerald Sank with 29 Crew Aboard “When the Gales of November Came Early”

edfitz

Photo: AP/News Tribune files.

The Edmund Fitzgerald, a 729-foot iron ore carrier broke up and sank with all 29 crew aboard in 80 mph winds and 25 foot seas approximately 17 miles off Whitefish Point, Michigan in Lake Superior forty years ago today.

Watch an early news report on the tragedy followed by Gordon Lightfoot’s 1976 ballad, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” which he wrote two weeks later after he felt that the ship and her crew had been dishonored by an NPR piece which misprinted the the vessel’s name:

Read more»

Meet the Man Who’s Made $15 Million Diving For Golfballs (and Dodging Alligators)

Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 3.07.47 PM

Screenshot from CatersTV’s video below.

“One day, I was partially unemployed and I was stealing golfballs out of a golf course lake where I lived and, um, then I realized that wasn’t the way to make money–stealing. This business just blew up.” – Glenn Berger.

It’s hard to fathom how Glenn Berger developed this business plan but there’s no way of arguing that it’s anything short of brilliant.

Over a decade ago, Mr. Berger calculated that by collecting lost golfballs, he could earn at least $1, sometimes $2, by retrieving, cleaning, and reselling them to courses around Florida.

Read more»

Wish You Were Here: Meditating at an Underwater Temple in Bali

templeunderwater2

Image by Natalia Maslova posted in WetPixel. 

For many, scuba diving is one of the most tranquil, fulfilling and relaxing experiences. The quietude of the underwater world contrasted against the bright array of colors, can calm the soul. But the Underwater Temple Garden in Bali takes it to a whole new level.

Read more»

“Release All the Big Ones.” Night Diving with Giant Spiny Lobsters off Southern California.

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 12.34.03 PM

“Got a nice eight-pound lobster here. Release all the big ones.” That’s not something you’re likely to hear anywhere in the world (regarding lobster, at least). Screenshot from video below.

Spiny lobster (or cray, as they’re known here in New Zealand) let their guards down and stray from their holes at night, when foraging along the open seafloor is relatively safer for them. Most lobsters you’ll find off Southern California will be around two pounds or so, but this crew of divers has found a honey hole.

Read more»

Wish You Were Here: Diving with Jacques and Jean-Michel Cousteau, Sanary-sur-Mer, France, 1953

cousteau

Above, Jacques-Yves Cousteau adjusts 10-year-old son Jean-Michel’s aqualung before a dive into the Mediterranean Sea off Sanary-sur-Mer, France in 953. Photographer unknown. Photo via MotW.

“When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.” — Jacques Cousteau.

Read more»

Wish You Were Here: The Villa on Dunbar Rock, Mesoamerican Reef, Off Honduras

Villa-on-Dunbar-Rock-3

Photo: Villa on Dunbar Rock.

The Villa on Dunbar Rock on the Mesoamerican Reef off Honduras lies 44 miles off the north coast of Honduras next to Guanaja in the Bay Islands. Some of the Caribbean’s best diving, snorkeling and flats fishing can be found here, along with some of the best r&r this big blue marble has to offer.

Read more»