Best Map of Ocean Currents Created From Space

On November 28, 2014, in Uncategorized, by CaptRR


European satellite data is providing a more precise idea of ocean currents. (ESA)

Discovery is reporting:

The European Space Agency’s Gravity and Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite reentered the Earth’s atmosphere and burned up in 2013 after four years and eight months in orbit. But though GOCE is no more, its treasure trove of data is helping scientists to create the most accurate maps so far of global ocean currents.

At at a UN conference Thursday in Paris, scientists revealed how the satellite’s ultra-precise measurements of the Earth’s gravity enabled them to create a simulation of the Earth’s oceans at rest, so that they could observe the effects of gravity upon ocean currents. In real life, the gravity-current relationship is tougher to chart with accuracy, because other forces, such as wind, cause currents to deviate from the pattern established by gravity.

The complete Discovery post by Patrick J. Kiger is here.


Seafarers rarely need an excuse to party. Given a holiday far from friends and family and special occasions become more important. A connection to the familiar in a sometimes hostile environment is soothing to the soul.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are no exception.

How do 114 people from a dozen different countries celebrate Thanksgiving in the middle of the ocean? If those people are on the JOIDES Resolution, it’s a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. An hour before the meal, the galley and mess (where people eat) was roped off–no admittance. But at 1100 when the room opened it was obvious why. Paper turkeys, cornucopias, leaves and pumpkins dressed the usually Spartan room. But the most spectacular sight was the food.

See the rest of the story here.

Remember were it not for the Mayflower, there would be no Thanksgiving.


Ruse On The Chesapeake

On November 26, 2014, in History, by CaptRR


The steam yacht Delphine in wartime trim as the USS Dauntless.

Yachts International has the post:

On January 23, 1942, just six weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy purchased the yacht Delphine and put her into dry dock in River Rouge, Michigan, not far from the family estate of Horace Dodge, the automotive titan who had her built. Delphine was not the only yacht so acquired. In a crash program to beef up America’s impoverished fleet, the Navy acquired scores of hulls, but the 258-foot steam yacht Delphinealone was destined for immortality.

Fast forward to November 1943. Adolf Hitler’s grip on continental Europe had scarcely been weakened by costly aerial bombing.

The complete Yachts International post by L. Dougles Keeney is here.


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Seattle Boat Show

Saturday January 24, and Saturday January 25, 2015

2:15 PM – 3:05 PM

Yellow Stage


The Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, is the West Coast’s Largest Boat Show featuring more than 1,000 recreational watercraft, seminars and the latest accessories indoors at CenturyLink Field, plus afloat on South Lake Union.


Guess who’s coming to dinner?

On November 24, 2014, in Just for Fun, by CaptRR

(Thanks to John Chessell for the link)


WSF plans to switch to LNG

On November 23, 2014, in Ferries, by CaptRR


The related KOMO post and video is here.

KOMOnews is reporting:

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard commander who will make the final decision about a plan to convert some Washington State ferries to liquid natural gas fuel says he sees nothing at this point that would stop the plan.

But Captain Joe Raymond said he hasn’t made a final decision yet. A public comment period opened this week and runs to January 12.

His biggest issue: Is it safe?

(Thanks to Norton Rider for the link)


Mapping the World’s (Few) Protected Seas

On November 21, 2014, in Environment, by CaptRR


National Gepgraphic is reporting:

The nation of Gabon recently created a first-of-its-kind network of marine protected areas in central Africa, putting 18,000 square miles (46,600 square kilometers) of coastal water off-limits to commercial fishing. The area is home to threatened species such as great hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and whale sharks, and comes shortly after the Obama Administration announced the establishment of the largest marine reserve in the world.

The complete National Geographic post is here.



Scientists study stormwater, deadly to salmon

On November 20, 2014, in Environment, by CaptRR



Yahoo News is reporting:

Just hours into the experiment, the prognosis was grim for salmon that had been submerged in rain runoff collected from one of Seattle’s busiest highways. One by one, the fish were removed from a tank filled with coffee-colored water and inspected: They were rigid. Their typically red gills were gray.

They’re coming back, and they’re dying. We need to figure out what’s going on.

Chris Wilke with Puget Soundkeeper Alliance

In an experiment two years ago, the scientists exposed adult coho salmon to artificial cocktails of metals and petroleum hydrocarbons in runoff and found that it didn’t kill the fish. Actual runoff was another matter.

There used to be coho salmon runs all through Puget Sound and creeks. There haven’t been for decades.

Chris Wilke with Puget Soundkeeper Alliance



Jellyfish cam

On November 19, 2014, in Interesting, by CaptRR

Scuttlefish is reporting:

The brand new Jelly Cam is live and features hypnotic sea nettles as they gracefully glide and pulse across your screen. MBAYAQ was the first aquarium to rear and display these magical animals. The jellyfish experience is one of the most popular exhibits at MBAYAQ and now you have a front row seat to see why (p.s. they do turn the lights off so if you see a black screen check back later).

The complete Scuttlefish post by Carolyn Sotka is here.

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