Since life is so largely due to chance, Max Mulhern came up with an awesome idea for a project. With funding from France’s version of Kickstarter, Kiss Kiss Bank Bank, he raised over 5,000 Euros to construct massive aqua dice to be released into the sea near the Canary Islands where Christopher Columbus set sail. The dice were released on 12/12/12 and have a GPS tracker to monitor their journey. They are headed toward Western Sahara and will be an interesting surprise to those along the coast. [Read more...]
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Lisa Kellner’s art means a lot of different things depending on the scale you observe it from. If we visualize her soft, globular work, with its red, purple and yellow hues as if it were very small, it might appear that it was scattered blood vessels – or even closer it could be a microscopic view of viruses. Perceiving it at a larger scale, it could be a far more familiar thing to our eyes; life found on an ocean reef, or gossamer jellyfish; still larger and it becomes colorful clouds or even landmasses lit by the setting sun. [Read more...]
Sharks have been one of the most feared creatures of the ocean for nearly 400 million years. There are more than 400 living species of sharks in our world, with over 200 of those species being listed on the World Conservation Union’s “Red List” of endangered species. This graphic from the History Channel brings us some very interesting facts about these wild creatures while highlighting their new series Shark Wranglers . The show will head to the Atlantic Ocean, faring some of the world’s most treacherous waters, while following Chris Fischer and his crew aboard the shark research vessel OCEARCH. Their mission: to decode the mystery of one of the planets most notorious predators, the great white shark. [Read more...]
Acoustics mean different things to different species. As humans, we need sound to hear our favorite music, the roar of the crowd (insert activity here), and sirens so we don’t get flattened by a firetruck or freight train. While hearing is an enjoyable part of living a fulfilled life, we can get by without it. Whales on the other hand, have a harder time. Whales are auditory creatures, meaning hearing is essential to their communication, navigation, feeding, and breeding. Imagine if we couldn’t hear then we couldn’t breed? I’d rather go blind. [Read more...]
When it comes to startups, it’s a dog eat dog world… or is that a fish eat fish ocean? This funny graphic looks at the delicate balance of predator vs. prey in the “Startup Ecosystem,” with a ocean themed and cleverly illustrated aesthetic. The CEO whale with a rolex and a coffee mug, and the seahorse designer with a scarf… perfect! [Read more...]
Photographer Mark Laita has taken his superb eye beneath the waves to focus on the extraordinary creatures who inhabit the depths of the vast ocean. The collection which came out of these brilliant images is entitled Sea, and its purpose was to show “the grace and diversity of sea creatures reflected against the surface of their world.” Laita has succeeded in bringing the wonderment of the ocean and it’s mysterious creatures to life by taking these brightly colored subjects and placing them against a stark black backdrop, which helps to intensify the viewing experience [Read more...]
Preserving just 4 percent of the ocean could protect crucial habitat for the vast majority of marine mammal species, according to researchers at Stanford University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.Of the 129 species of marine mammals on Earth, including seals, dolphins, and polar bears, approximately one-quarter are facing extinction. [Read more...]