Bathyscaphe Trieste I asked, “What were the events that lead to you to dive the Marianas Trench?” Don Walsh one of two men to first visit the deepest point of the world’s ocean and one of only three to succeed at this responded quickly. “I found myself there for all the wrong reasons.” Don Walsh . . . → Read More: I Am Science with the First Man to Dive Challenger Deep
Remember the Hoff Crab? You bet your bippy you do. You can thank Nicolai Roterman for that. Nicolai, a hydrothermal vent biologist and a member of the expedition that found this hairy crab, coined the name Hoff Crab while still on board. To commemorate this very special event Nicolai’s sister watercolored the specimen caught on . . . → Read More: Hoff Crab + Tattoo = Awesomsauce
Happy Sunday, everyone. Music by Parry Gripp, via Metafilter.
Ben Schmidt made this wonderful visualization of shipping from 1750-1850 using ship log data. (H/T Metafilter). It’s long, but worth watching. You can see the infamous Triangle Trade, the effect of the American Revolutionary War, the rise of British colonial sea power, and more. This is a must-see for any fan of Patrick O’Brian’s Master . . . → Read More: One hundred years of shipping: 1750 to 1850
xkcd yesterday brought one of the spectacular pieces of illustration ever seen on the internet, Lakes and Oceans. This glorious piece of art features depths of the world’s lakes and oceans as well as the homes of David Bowie and Freddy Mercury. Some of the xkcd illustrations and cartoons make it too posters. Well . . . → Read More: Must Own a Poster of This
Fantastic new INVERTEBRATE POWER anthem from UK band the Internauts. H/t @daumari.
An absolutely charming video that explains the different rigs of tall ships. (Thanks Rachel W!)
7. Russian Wreck, South Egyptian Red Sea Known simply as the “Russian Wreck”, this sunken ship is thought by some to have been the Khanka, a Russian spy ship that sank sometime before 1982. Whether or not it is the carcass of the Khanka, most seem to agree that it was a communications and . . . → Read More: 10 Most Incredible Sunken Ships on Earth
This article is reposted from my old blog Deep Type Flow and was originally published 7/12/2010 To a recent roundup of whale shark news, I appended a sort of human interest one-liner about how “shark” is the only word in the English language that derives from a Yucatec (Mayan) Indian word – “Xoc” (pronounced like . . . → Read More: What’s in a name? Origins of the word “shark”