Tag Archives: Sea

Swarm of Squid Surrounds Underwater Photographer

Photographer Jon Schwartz was documenting a friends fishing expedition off the coast of San Diego when he was surrounded by this group of friendly squid.



Fish in the Sea

The above graphic shows the decline in fish stocks in the North Atlantic Ocean over the course of the 20th Century:

It’s hard to imagine the damage over-fishing is wrecking on the oceans. The effects are literally invisible, hidden deep in the ocean. But there is data out there. And when you visualise it, the results are shocking.

This image shows the biomass of popularly-eaten fish in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1900 and in 2000. Popularly eaten fish include: bluefin tuna, cod, haddock, hake, halibut, herring, mackerel, pollock, salmon, sea trout, striped bass, sturgeon, turbot. Many of which are now vulnerable or endangered.

Dr Villy Christensen and his colleagues at the University Of British Columbia used ecosystem models, underwater terrain maps, fish catch records and statistical analysis to render the biomass of Atlantic fish at various points this century (see the study)

Plenty More Fish in the Sea?   [InformationisBeautiful]

Lost Shipping Containers

An interesting project is udnerway now by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. They’re studying the effects on benthic habitats of shipping containers lost at sea:

Each year, an estimated 10,000 shipping containers fall off container ships at sea. Although many of these containers float at the surface for months, most eventually sink to the seafloor. No one knows what happens to these containers once they reach the deep seafloor.From March 8 to March 10, 2011, a team of researchers from MBARI and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) will use a robotic submarine to study the biological impacts of a shipping container resting on the seafloor about 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside of Monterey Bay (but still within the boundaries of the sanctuary).

MBARI researchers first discovered this lost container at a depth of about 1,300 meters (4,200 feet) during a marine biology dive in June 2004. Video from MBARI’s submersible clearly showed serial numbers on the side of this container. Sanctuary staff sent these numbers to the U.S. customs agency, which was able to identify the ship that had originally carried the container.

The research is being funded by a settlement paid to NOAA by the owners of the vessel which lost the container (and 14 others).

MBARI Teams With Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to Study Effects of Shipping Containers Lost at Sea [MBARI.org]


Desert Island

I LOVE yesterday’s xkcd cartoon! Click for big.

[via xkcd]

The Seafarers – Sea of Love

Elevated high above the tumultuous Sea of Love stands the home of this world’s foremost collector of exotic sea creatures, the gajillionaire Old Man Cruikshank. Cruikshank had sent a special invitation to the three bravest sailors known in whisper and legend, The Seafarers. And an invitation from Old Man Cruikshank is not something one turns down…and so the Seafarers’ adventure began.

By EightyFourFilms

Awesome Sea Forts


The Maunsell Sea Forts are just about the only thing off the coast of Shoeburyness East, but they’re damn cool! Cakehead Loves Evil says they look like something from Star Wars, but to me they look like something from the brilliant Kin Dza Dza. Some more shots after the jump.

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