It’s an ocean out there! Sea Lion vs. Octopus

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

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National Geographic Magazine’s Water Issue

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

What would Ahab think?

Andrew and his friend, a young sperm whale named Scar, were swimming together off the west coast of Dominica. The two of them became "friends" after Andrew saved Scar's life. (Photo and caption by Peter Allinson)

The Boston Globe’s The Big Picture blog never disappoints. The above is one of the entries from the 2009 National Geographic International Photo Contest. It’s too late to enter (and let’s face it, our vacation snaps wouldn’t have made it in anyway), but you can still vote for your favorites in the Viewer’s Choice competition. After you do, grab your camera and take some inspiration with you and make some images.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Slow! (The 2009 Great Turtle Race)

Click on image to download a National Geographic Wallpaper of this image by Bill Curtsinger

This Thursday, April 16th, eleven world class turtle athletes, with names like Seabiscuit, Nightswimmer and Billy, will begin a grueling 3,700 mile race from foraging grounds in the frigid waters of Canada to nesting beaches on the sun-soaked shores of the Caribbean in the 2009 Great Turtle Race.

Here are a few fun facts from the event organizer, Conservation International:

  • All 11 turtles are tagged with a satellite-tracking device that will allow you to follow them, in real-time.
  • U.S. Olympic swimmers Amanda Beard, Janet Evans, Jason Lezak, and Eric Shanteau will “coach” our competitors and post notes of encouragement to the turtles throughout the race.
  • Rock bands REM and Pearl Jam have jumped on the turtle bandwagon. Both bands have picked their early favorites.

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So never mind opening day or the start of the NBA and NHL playoffs, the real competition will be out in the Atlantic this month. Get in on the fun!

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Outrageously Beautiful Nudi(branch) Pictures!

Don’t worry, it’s not what it sounds like! Check out this video of these amazing sea creatures.

National Geographic – Living Color – Photographer David Doubilet introduces the glamour slugs of the sea.

More about Nudibranchs

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At Sea Reality TV

Sunday VOW’s (Videos of the Week)

There’s currently no shortage of good maritime shows on television. Here’s three that float my boat.

Deadliest Catch

Last year I posted about the Deadliest Catch here and here. This year they have added regular behind the scenes video-casts (thru iTunes) that are pretty interesting. The website is also worth a visit. Hey, these guys put their lives on the line so that you can eat fancy seafood; the least you can do is watch! (Frequently on the Discovery Channel)

And you think your work environment is challenging.

America’s Port

Finally, a show the tells the story about why America’s maritime industries remain so important today. “America’s Port provides an unblinking view of this vibrant and colorful nerve center for global trade — the Port of Los Angeles. Get an inside look at this massive complex and the intrepid individuals charged with keeping it running smoothly and securely 365 days a year. It’s a dynamic and dangerous 24/7 operation.” (Mondays at 10PM on National Geographic Channel)

CARRIER

Update: check the latest post about Episodes I and II

The PBS series CARRIER: Life aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz starts tonight and if these clips are any indication, it looks great! Make sure that you visit the website as well and take a tour the ship and check out the great “making of” diaries and videos. (Starting Sundays, April 28th and running consecutive nights through May 1st; 9 – 11 PM on PBS; find your local listing here)

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