PopScience is reporting:

Seeing without eyes might seem impossible, but for some cephalopods like octopuses, it’s entirely normal.

They may not be able to see details, but it turns out that some cephalopods’ skin contains proteins called opsins that are sensitive to light. A new study in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology found that the skin of the California two-spot octopus changed color in response to light–even when it wasn’t connected to the rest of the octopus. The researchers took a tissue sample from the octopus and exposed it to different lights, watching as the chromatophores, or color spots that allow the octopus to change color, expanded and contracted when exposed to light.

The complete PopScience post is here.


Maritime History in my Hometown: Richmond CA

On May 26, 2015, in History, by CaptRR

Huffington Post is reporting:

Betty Reid Soskin, 93, is thought to be the nation’s oldest active park ranger, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has worked at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, since 2003. Soskin recently discussed with the Today Show how she sees her job as being about much more than preservation; as the great-granddaughter of a slave, she says she’s truly an advocate


Recent App Updats

On May 25, 2015, in Applications, Navigation, by CaptRR



Sucia:  Ewing Island Day Beacon

On May 25, 2015, in Coast Guard, Navigation, by CaptRR


The U.S. Coast Guard is reporting:

Coast Guard members from Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound in Seattle, Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake, a 175-foot coastal buoy tender homeported in Everett, Wash., and Air Station Astoria, Ore., work in conjunction to fill in the concrete foundation for a new Ewing Island Danger Daybeacon near Sucia Island in Puget Sound, May 19, 2015.

Multiple teams made up of members from each unit worked together to transport and fill cement into the foundations form.

U.S. Coast Guard video edited by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer and courtesy Air Station Astoria and Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound.

The complete USCG post is HERE.


RobLL – here’s the user uploaded photo from the chart above:


Living the dream

On May 24, 2015, in Chronicles of former students, by CaptRR

When Mac and Wendy Setter took thier Zenith Maritime Master’s class in 2013, Mac was still working as the Whatcom County Prosecutor and Wendy was still teaching dance.

Well things have changed.  Mac reports:

39 days to Paradise. Every anchorage is the bottom of an extinct volcano with one side collapsed to allow entrance from the sea. Mountains soar up 1500-2000 ft around us. We’ve eaten, but not killed, wild goat, wild pig and wild fish over camp fires and in local homes. I can husk a coconut, split it in half with a machete, serve the milk on the half shell and shred the meat and squeeze the meat for milk to use in poisson cru. We have gone native and are loving it. A couple more days in the Marquises and then off for 5 days at sea to arrive at the Tuamotas (a series of atolls).

The Captains’ Setter sail a 37′ Island Packet. 



The complete Maritime Reporter articles are HERE


Gizmodo:  Stop going on cruises

On May 22, 2015, in Safety, by CaptRR

 Gizmodo has the post HERE:

Cruise ships are even worse than you think. ProPublica recently published a very alarming and downright dark interactive feature about health and safety on cruises. I’ll come right out and say it: Stop going on cruises. Don’t cruise. Don’t do it.


What, No PFDs?

On May 21, 2015, in Interesting, by CaptRR


The video is HERE.

(Thanks to John Chessell for the link)


Translation: “We ran aground.”

On May 20, 2015, in Incidents, by CaptRR


Yesterday’s PR spin


Race to Havana

On May 19, 2015, in General Boating, by CaptRR


The AP has the full story HERE

An amateur race billed as the “Havana Challenge” took place for the first time with U.S. government authorization thanks to the historic easing of tensions that began in December.

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