Sea-Fever blog

Are you friends with a dolphin? She needs your help. by Peter A. Mello
April 21, 2010, 11:32 pm
Filed under: life, Oceans | Tags: ,

Here’s a powerful PSA.

Hope you will help. Here are 5 simple things that you can do that will make a difference.


Octokleptomaniac! It’s an ocean out there! (video) by Peter A. Mello
April 16, 2010, 10:35 am
Filed under: Oceans | Tags: ,

This octopus MUST have seen this video and was hopping MAD about the bad PR so he decided to take things into his own hands tentacles.

Here’s what happened to Victor Huang while diving at Wahine Memorial, Wellington, New Zealand (via Vimeo)

“while trying to get video of a wild octopus, it suddenly dashes towards me and rips my shiny new camera from out of my hands, then swims off, all while the camera is recording! he swam away very quickly like a naughty shoplifter. after a 5 minute chase, I placed my speargun underneath him and he quickly and curiously grabbed hold of the gun as well, giving me enough time to reach in and grab the camera from out of his mouth. I didn’t feel threatened at all during the whole ordeal. he seemed to be fixated on the shiny metallic blue digital camera. the only confusing behavior was how he dashed off with it like a thief haha. cheeky octopus.”

It’s an ocean out there! Guard your valuables!

Flag dip to @kzelnio on Twitter and Deep Sea News

It’s an ocean out there! Sea Lion vs. Octopus by Peter A. Mello
April 10, 2010, 9:21 pm
Filed under: maritime, Oceans | Tags:

Amazing never before seen National Geographic film of a sea lion attacking and eating an octopus.

more about “It’s an ocean out there! Sea Lion vs….“, posted with vodpod
Flag dip to BrainPicker on Twitter

Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue TED Prize Voyage Gets Underway Today by Peter A. Mello
April 6, 2010, 9:39 pm
Filed under: Education, Environment, life, maritime, Oceans | Tags: , , ,

TED and Sylvia Earle, the 2009 TED Prize winner and world-renowned, deep-ocean explorer, announced the launch of Mission Blue to raise awareness of the urgent need to create Marine Protected Areas – Hope Spots – ranging from the deepest oceans to sunlit reefs. The announcement came on the first day of theMission Blue Voyage, a first-of-its-kind conference hosted by TED from April 6-10 aboard the National Geographic Endeavour in the Galapagos Islands. (press release)

Here’s Sylvia Earle’s TED Wish:

I wish you would use all means at your disposal — films! expeditions! the web! more! — to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.

Here’s her great TED Talk:

The Mission Blue Voyage is a star studded expedition to the Galapagos Island that you can follow on their blog, Facebook and Twitter.

TED Conferences always seem awesome but this one is on a ship! How much more exciting than that can it get!

Come on! Let’s Trash the Beach! by Peter A. Mello
March 23, 2010, 11:00 am
Filed under: Environment, Oceans

Water, water everywhere but only 0.08% to drink by Peter A. Mello
March 22, 2010, 9:37 pm
Filed under: Environment, life, Oceans | Tags: , ,

World's Water Content InfoGraphic

Flag Dip to Tree Hugger

National Geographic Magazine’s Water Issue by Peter A. Mello
March 22, 2010, 12:01 am
Filed under: maritime, Oceans | Tags: , , ,

Unlike Playboy magazine, I buy National Geographic mostly for the pictures.

The April 2010 issue is themed “Water: Our Thirsty World.” Here are some sobering statistics accompanied by some powerful images. (Update: Download a cool, free,  interactive  edition of this issue here.

World Water Day – March 22nd

Chart Your Oceans Course For Earth Day! by Peter A. Mello
March 19, 2010, 3:11 pm
Filed under: Oceans | Tags: ,

Earth Day – April 22, 2010

Avatar Director James Cameron’s Inspiration from the Sea by Peter A. Mello
March 10, 2010, 11:37 pm
Filed under: Leadership, life, maritime, Oceans | Tags: , ,

While he did not win the Best Director Oscar the other night for Avatar, James Cameron gives an interesting TED Talk about how he’s learned from and been inspired by the sea.

Rogue Waves and Sea Stories by Peter A. Mello
March 7, 2010, 11:36 pm
Filed under: Oceans | Tags: , ,

One of the most amazing things about the sea is that despite all the technology and science that we have at our disposal, it’s great at keeping secrets and perpetuating mysteries.

It often seems that when heavy weather is involved in an at sea casualty, it’s attributed to a rogue wave. However, as this Newsy report suggests, it’s not always clear sailing when it comes to the science of rogue waves.

However, whether you believe in “rogue waves” or not, here’s a scary video from the popular television show, Deadliest Catch.

Finally, just in case you missed it, here’s a CBS news report with video taken as a wave crashes through cabin windows of the cruise ship Louis Majesty, killing 2 and injuring another dozen passengers.

Good Read -> How Big Waves Go Rogue – Wired Science – March 5, 2010

Exciting Rogue Waves – Physics / American Physical Sociey – October 19, 2009

Rogue Wave (Wikipedia)


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