You might have guessed by now that I’m a *bit* obsessed with sushi. When I visited Japan for the first (and second) time, I bolted straight to Sushi Zanmai located outside the Tsukiji fish market. I ordered the salmon. It was transcendental. This weekend I was bowled over by the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi“, . . . → Read More: Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and so do I
Apparently the google plus video embedder is broken, but you can watch it on their Google Plus page here. Video by Nori Sakamato on G+. Used with permission. Ribbon eel (Rhinomuraena quaesita) is from 50m deep in Kume Island, Okinawa.
Very excited to hear today that VIMS marine biologist Emmett Duffy won a big prize in marine biology established by Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan. He is fantastic marine blogger with the awesome Sea Monster blog, as well as a twitterer. It consists of a cash prize, half of which was donated to Japan’s . . . → Read More: Emmett Duffy Wins Inaugural Kobe Prize in Marine Biology
There’s a research cruise underway right now to study the impacts of radiation release from the Fukushima disaster in Japan, using the UNOLS/U. Hawaii ship R/V Kaimikai-O-Kanaloa. You can read the overview here and follow the at sea blog of the 17 researchers here. The cruise features scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic, U. Tokyo, U. . . . → Read More: Follow along with Fukushima researchers
This weekend marked the beginning of a new scientific expedition, investigating how leaked radiation may be affecting marine life around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The cruise is carrying 17 scientists, led by Ken Buesseler from Wood’s Hole: [Nicholas] Fisher [of Stony Brook University] is leading the effort to study how marine . . . → Read More: Tracking radiation effects off Fukushima
UPDATE: No sooner did I post this did I find out it’s a hoax. Of course, this reaffirms a long held tenet of mine: when things seem to good to be true…they are. A report that the Japanese government will scrap all research whaling has been dismissed as a hoax. The report, tracked back to . . . → Read More: The end of whaling in Japan?
Go back to work there is nothing to see here Japanese authorities said Tuesday they had discovered for the first time fish swimming off the country’s Pacific coast carrying high levels of radioactive materials. The finding, the latest blow from the nuclear crisis, is stoking concerns about environmental damage to local marine life, the safety . . . → Read More: Japan Finds Radiation in Fish
And in other disturbing news today Japanese engineers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have been forced to release radioactive waste water into the sea…Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) was forced on Monday to release low-level radioactive seawater that had been used to cool overheated fuel rods after it ran out of storage . . . → Read More: Japan Releases Radioactive Water Into Sea
When darkness strikes, the Earth crumbles beneath your feet and Tsunamis ravish what was once your life, one man stands in defiance of the awesome forces of nature. This man is… Hideaki Akaiwa! For most of us regular folks, this is the sort of shit that would make us throw up our hands, swear loudly, . . . → Read More: Give Akaiwa A Medal and a Life Supply of Sapporo Already!
Remember Chikyu? Japan’s monster ship also called “Godzilla-maru” because of its 210 m length and a drill derrick that rises 100 m off the deck. The rig dwarfs the Statue of Liberty, nearly matches the height of the St. Louis arch. Japans half-billion-dollar deep-sea drilling vessel was also a casualty of the tsunami following the . . . → Read More: Japan’s Drilling Vessel Chikyu Damaged By Tsunami