Today I learned, submarine sonar is no a β€œping” like movies and games, but actually EXTREMELY loud and can kill people and sea life intechopen.com/books/sona…
IPA (India pale ale) was originally a British beer brewed for export to India that was specially formulated to survive the long sea voyage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Blue Whales are the largest animal to have ever existed on Earth, being larger than all dinosaurs, and every single big sea animal from the past nationalgeographic.com/an…
Putting LED lights on float lines of 864 fishing gillnets reduced the bycatch of sea turtles by 74.4% & by 70.8% for dolphins, whales, & porpoises. The same amount of targeted fish were caught by both 864 lighted gillnets & 864 unlighted gillnets in a study of 3 ports in Peru from 2015 - 2018. in.mashable.com/science/9…
An ancient underwater temple, originally considered a myth, was discovered in India after a deadly Tsunami parted the sea, revealing it's location. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
Sea otters have pouches under their forearms. In one (usually the left) they like to keep their favourite rock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
"His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular" was the official title of Idi Amin, who ruled Uganda. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idi…
The title of the novel "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea" does not refer to a depth. It refers to the distance covered by the Nautilus in immersion during its voyage. 20k leagues is around 80 000 km. The correct translation of the title is "... under the seas" making the distinction clearer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twe…
Some Hermit Crabs ( Dardanus Pedunculatus ) will pick a Sea Anemone as a body-guard. The relationship is symbiotic and they’ll be together for life. geek.com/tech/hermit-crab…
Sea otters have the densest fur in the world, with around 140,000 hairs per sq cm bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
Baby otters can’t swim when they are born. It can take baby otters months to learn how to swim depending on their species. Sea otter moms need to carry babies on their belly or place them in kelp beds until they learn how to swim properly on their own. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of the Diomede Islands, despite being separated by less than 4 Km, the time difference between them is of 21 hours. In winter the sea between them freezes and one can walk from "yesterday to tomorrow" or from "tomorrow to yesterday". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dio…
Mishka, the first sea-otter to be diagnosed with asthma, was taught to use an inhaler originally designed for cats! cbsnews.com/news/sea-otte…
Two Buddhists who bought Β£5,000 of live Crustacea and released them into the sea for good karma, were fined Β£15,000 for β€˜untold damage’ to the environment by introducing non-native species. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
Purple Dye in Ancient Times was made by extracting it from a type of Mediterranean sea snail, which made it hard to get lots of, making it by far the most valuable color dye at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyr…
Today I learned about Jack London. Oyster pirate, Socialist, and rail rider. Berkeley attendee, trekked the Yukon and Chilkoot Pass, took a rowboat 1500 miles down the Yukon River to the Bering Sea. Built his own yacht and mansion and wrote 23 novels, 7 plays, short stories, and poems. Died of alcoholism age 40 smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Sea Spiders breathe mostly through their legs. They are exclusively marine, are more diverse and larger in size in Antarctic waters than anywhere else and have survived all mass extinctions since their first appearance in the fossil record 480 Million years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
18th century sailors and pirates were adept at astronomy and maths, e.g. trigonometry and logarithms. They even took classes and sat exams on these topics. The skills gained by studying such technical fields helped them navigate the open seas, escape authorities, chase down pirates, etc. aeon.co/essays/how-europe…
Microsoft sank a data centre to investigate if it could boost energy efficiency. It could sit on the sea floor for up to five years. bbc.co.uk/news/technology…
Today I learned of the HMS Hercule. Originally a French 74-gun battleship. She was captured on her maiden voyage less than 24 hours at sea, spending the rest of her career with the British Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
There are 400-million-year-old fossils of sea creatures and shells in the yellow band of Mount Everest (which is over 25,000 above sea level), which means this area was once underwater. liveabout.com/geology-of-…
Today I learned about Arthur John Priest, a "fireman" who survived the sinking of the Titanic...and FIVE OTHER disasters at sea before and after. bbc.com/news/uk-northern-…
Loofahs don’t come from the sea. They’re gourds! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luf…
Today I learned about Octomom, a deep sea octopus that tended her brood of eggs for nearly 4.5 years, likely withut ever eating, setting a record for the longest known gestation. nature.com/news/octomom-s…
Today I learned about Tree Lobsters. They are giant stick-insects that only live on Ball’s Pyramid, an old volcano located in the Tasman Sea off the coast of Australia. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
In 1942 a forest guard in India made an alarming discovery. Some 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley, was a frozen lake absolutely full of skeletons. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
"thalassophobia" is an intense and persistent fear of the sea and can include fear of being in deep bodies of water, fear of the vast emptiness of the sea, and fear of distance from land. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
4 sailors survived at sea off the coast of New Zealand for 118 days after their trimaran, the Rose-Noelle, was upturned by a rogue wave. They cut holes in the hull, collected rainwater, and eventually caught and cooked fish. They were in such good shape upon return many doubted their story. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
3 teenagers from a small island in the pacific went missing at sea for 50 days after a drunken midnight trip to an island 200km away in pursuit of a girl stuff.co.nz/dominion-post…
Today I learned of a sea sponge that has a skeleton made of glass which has better strength, flexibility and fracture resistance than manufactured optic fibre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Naftaly Frenkel was a prisoner in a Soviet Union work camp who proposed that inmates' food rations be linked to their rate of production. He was promoted to guard and eventually commandant. He would later oversee construction of the White Sea–Baltic Canal by forced labor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naf…
Today I learned of the Northern European Enclosure Dam (NEED), a proposed solution for protecting Northern Europe from rising sea levels. It involves the construction of two dams, one in the English Channel and the other in the North Sea stretching from Scotland to Norway. theguardian.com/environme…
The Aral Sea - formerly the 4th largest lake on Earth - no longer exists; the rivers that once fed it were diverted in the 1960s for Soviet irrigation projects. The polluted seabed is known today as the Aralkum Desert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
A loofah sponge is a vegetable you can grow yourself not something that grows in the sea. teenvogue.com/story/natur…
[] Ernest Shackleton, captain of Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and the ship was crushed on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914–1917. The crew escaped by camping on the sea ice for 2 years until it disintegrated, then launched the lifeboats to reach Elephant Island, 720 m away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
Pig udders stuffed with salted sea urchins were a coveted appetizer at the banquets of aristocratic ancient Romans, who were also known to fatten snails with milk before frying them. Boiled flamingo with dates was another elite delicacy. thespec.com/life/food-win…
A Nigerian ship's cook, Harrison Odjegba Okene, survived for 60 hours in a sunken tugboat, Jascon-4, that capsized on 26 May 2013 in heavy seas while it was stabilising an oil tanker at a Chevron platform in the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean, about 32 km (20 mi) off the Nigerian coast en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqu…
When the Sea Squirt or Tunicate becomes an adult, it sticks to a rock for the rest of its life. As it only needs to eat and reproduce by self-fertilisation, it eats or reabsorbs it's sense organs and nervous system as it no longer needs them. 3quarksdaily.com/3quarksd…
Deep-Sea Octopus (Graneledone boreopacifica) Conducts the Longest-Known Egg-Brooding Period of Any Animal journals.plos.org/plosone…
California sea otters blow air into their fur to keep them afloat and insulated. This is possible because of their amazingly thick and intricate fur that traps the air bubbles as they blow onto it. kqed.org/science/25908/th…
The iconic Slinky toy was created during the development of a device designed to stabalise naval equipment during rough seas. Richard James knocked one of his springs off a bookshelf and it "stepped' down a pile of books. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
When David Miscavige heard that Tom Cruise had a fantasy of running with Nicole Kidman through a meadow full of wildflowers he ordered Sea Org members to plant an area of the desert. It failed to meet expectations and he held the entire base responsible for ruining the romantic idyll en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Castaway that survived a record 438 days at sea is sued β€˜for eating crewmate’ mensjournal.com/adventure…
Australian fisherman Mathew Orlov caught a pregnant 8-foot-8-inch shark that was dead when he pulled it up, (he felt through the line the shark being attacked). Orlov did an impromptu C-section to free 98 shark pups back into the sea; he and his family ate the mother shark. foxnews.com/great-outdoor…
"All animals, including vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish) and invertebrates (sea urchins, leeches, mussels, nematodes, and others) have been found to have endocannabinoid systems." mdpi.com/2076-2615/9/9/68…
The Aegean Sea is named after Aegeus, father of Theseus. Aegeus told Theseus to put up white sails when returning if he was successful killing the Minotaur. Theseus forgot & Aegeus subsequently drowned himself in the sea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeg…
Sea snails are the most venomous creatures on earth, and can swallow fish whole. youtu.be/S_LjnwVxGL0
The Chicxulub Impact, the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs, created a mega-tsunami that was over 330 feet tall. If the impact had struck the deep ocean rather than the shallow seas, the wave would have peaked at 2.9 MILES. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Pegasus, the immortal winged horse, had parents. His father was Poseidon, God of the Sea, and his mother was Medusa, the lady with the snake hair. greekmythology.com/Myths/…
The US's National Weather Service has a computer model to predict storm surges due to hurricanes called the Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes model, or SLOSH. nhc.noaa.gov/surge/slosh.…
There's a deep-sea sponge that can live up to 11.000 years nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Fossils of sea creatures called Ammonites are considered holy symbols in the folk Hindu beliefs of India and Nepal. They and other marine fossils are found in the Himalayas, which were raised from the now-drained Tethys Sea. Climbers to Mt Everest have brought back fossils of Sea Lilies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
According to apocryphal acta, Pope Clement was martyred by being tied to an anchor and thrown from a boat into the Black Sea. However, the oldest sources on Clement's life, Eusebius and Jerome, note nothing of his martyrdom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The Germans had a master plan for the Mediterranean Sea which included closing the Gibraltar Straight to increase land for settlement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atl…
Today I learned of The Rolex Murder. On July 28, 1996, a man’s body washed up on a trawler in the UK seas. There was no identification on the body except a 25-year-old Rolex Oyster on his wrist. As Rolex maintains such meticulous service records, they were able to ID the victim and ultimately the murderer. plymouthherald.co.uk/news…
The Maldives is the lowest lying country in the world with the highest elevation from sea level being 6 FEET. earthsky.org/earth/maldiv…
Today I learned about Thalassocnus: A majestic sea sloth that probably walked on the sea floor. hakaimagazine.com/news/sl…
Today I learned of Paddy the Wanderer, a beloved stray Airedale Terrier from Wellington, New Zealand who befriended workers, cabbies, and seamen; sometimes stowing away on visiting ships (said to have crossed Tasman Sea many times). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pad…
Marine Biologist, Edith Widder created a device that mimicked the Atolla Jellyfish's alarm (when threatened the jellyfish will emit a light that signals bigger predators to its location). She placed the device in the deep sea along with a camera. To her surprise a giant squid showed up. youtube.com/watch?v=rXkOP…
In 1945 the worst maritime disaster ever happened when the *MV Wilhelm Gustloff* was sunk by Soviet torpedos. The ship was attempting to cross the Baltic sea to evacuate fleeing Germans. While the total death count is not known, it is estimated at nearly 9,000 smithsonianmag.com/histor…
A deep sea octopus brooded her eggs for 4.5 years popsci.com/article/scienc…
At the end of the bronze age (1200-900 BCE). Several ancient civilizations were invaded and in some cases conquered by an obscure force of "Sea Peoples". They were a contributing factor to the Bronze age collapse and their origin is still mostly unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Jason Statham almost drowned during the filming of The Expendables 3 when a truck's brakes failed and it plunged into the Black Sea, but survived thanks to being an Olympic-class diver. businessinsider.com/stath…
The Danube begins in the Black Forest and ends in the Black Sea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Nudibranchs (sea slugs) can steal the sting of their prey. They do this my eating the tentacles of a jellyfish for example and storing the stinging cells for later use. ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/i…
The sea like sound you hear when you put a seashell near your ear is the echo the noise in the environment BUT ALSO the sound of the blood flowing in your ears and the muscles acting in your ears en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
, Bioluminescent Beach, California, shows blue wave at night due to sea Kelp. It is actually microscopic phytoplankton called Lingulodinium polyedra causing the red-brown patches. Also called L. poly. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Ice loss in the Arctic Archipelago over the past decades has opened up historically impassable sea routes connecting the Atlantic and Pacific with the potential to become a major shipping route wikipedia.org/wiki/Northw…
Lake Erie has its own sea monster myth. Named "Bessie", the monster is similar in description to the Loch Ness monster. The minor league hockey team Cleveland Monsters are named after the myth, even though their mascot is a seagull. rockthelake.com/buzz/2017…
After the Suez Canal was completed, species from the Red Sea used it to migrate to the Mediterranean and became invasive. This phenomenon is called the Lessepsian migration, after the builder of the Canal, Ferdinand de Lesseps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les…
In 1915, surrounded and faced with imminent defeat, the entire Serbian army and government, numbering 400,000 (~10% of the population), retreated through Albania to the sea and evacuated to Greece. Half of them died on the march, but the rest came back in 1917 to liberate their country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
There exists a deep sea eel-like fish called the Bony-Eared Assfish that is currently on display in Canada. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned of HMS Electra, a British WW2 destroyer that saved the three survivors of HMS Hood, rescued 571 men off HMS Repulse at the Battle of Kuantan, and was sunk at the Battle of the Java Sea in a lone suicide attack against the Japanese fleet, buying time for the crippled cruiser HMS Exeter to escape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Crabs use sea urchins for protection in terms of a shield and/or throwing weapon, and they use anemones regenerative ability by breaking them in half and allowing them to grow around its claws to use them as boxing gloves. azdailysun.com/lifestyles…
Yellow-bellied sea snakes drink rainwater that gathers on the ocean surface during heavy rainfalls ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about the Blue Glaucus, or Blue Sea Dragon, a shell less gastropod that swims through the ocean upside down, preys on Portuguese Man O Wars and keeps their nemocytes so it can sting in self defense. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
The deepest underwater concert was performed at 303 m (994 ft) below sea level by Katie Melua and her band, on Statoil's Troll A gas rig, off the coast of Bergen, Norway, on 1 October 2006. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Warmer seas and oceans increase the occurence of the organism Noctiluca, that creates the beautiful blue luminscence in seas and oceans. The latest finding is that the loss of snow and ice in the himalayas changes the ecosystem in the Arabian Sea. nature.com/articles/s4159…
The Turkish Straits crisis was an opening salvo of the Cold War, as the Soviet Union tried to take over two key channels in order to control Black Sea naval traffic. Stalin threatened to invade Turkey from the Balkans, prompting the Truman Doctrine of capitalist aid that put the country in NATO en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
21 detached human feet have been found in the Salish Sea (near Vancouver and Seattle) between 2007 and 2019. The odds of finding just two dismembered feet in the same location is a million to one. No one definitively knows what caused this phenomenon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
The Red-lipped Batfish, found around the Galapagos Island, have modified fins that are completely un-fish-like. The fish rests on the sea floor, it can move on its pectoral and pelvic fins as if it was walking en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Today I learned about Mary Edwards, a woman in 18th Century England who was a mathematical prodigy and calculated the tables required to determine longitude at sea. This paved the way for accurate navigation and the British Empire to dominate the world's seas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Spiders can use Earth Electric Field to fly "hundreds of miles"; Spiders have been found 2.5 miles up in the air, and 1,000 miles out in the sea. theatlantic.com/science/a…
A Royal Navy Sea Harrier once did an emergency landing on a Spanish Cargo ship and the crew claimed the fighter jet as legitimate salvage theaviationgeekclub.com/t…
The idea for a military Command Information Center ("CIC"), was taken β€œspecifically, consciously, and directly” from the spaceship Directrix in the Lensman novels of E. E."Doc" Smith in a surge of refitting and retraining during 1943 after the battle of the Coral Sea through the Solomon Islands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Sea urchins are called "sea urchins" because hedgehogs were called called "urchins" until about the 15th century. Therefore, sea urchins are ocean hedgehogs. quirkbooks.com/post/quirk…
Sea level rise is caused by two main factors, melting land ice (glaciers), and "thermal expansion" the expansion of space between water molecules as the ocean gets warmer. So the ocean is both gaining water molecules, and the water molecules are spreading out and taking up more space. chemforyourlife.transisto…
There’s a β€œdead spot” in the Black Sea where scientists have found ships as old as 1200 years preserved well enough to see chisel marks from original builder. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned of Belkofski, Alaska. Belkofski hasn't had a population in over 30 years. It was originally inhabited by Aleuts who were settled by Russians to harvest sea otters. When the sea otters diminished, the population began to leave. The last 10 left in the 1980s and it's been uninhabited ever since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
The Isle of Pabbay in the Hebrides was abandoned when every male resident of the island was lost at sea. Another of the Isles had all its sheep washed away by a wave scotsman.com/whats-on/art…
Once a year, fish swim to Mexico for an orgy so loud it can deafen dolphins and sea lions newsweek.com/corvina-mati…
In 2011, two men got lost at sea and were adrift of 33 days before washing up on an atoll, where they meet a descendant of a long-lost uncle. The uncle had also gone adrift 50 years earlier. abc.net.au/am/content/201…
HMS Victory is the world's oldest naval ship still in commission, with 242 years' service. She has been the flagship of the First Sea Lord since October 2012. Launched in 1765 she has 104 guns and takes a crew of 850 men. hms-victory.com/history
In 1966, water was flown to Disneyland from seas around the world to pour into the "It's a Small World" ride as a way to signify union and peace in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis. youtu.be/YR6ha6hNVg4?t=53…
Dick Van Dyke was saved by a pod of porpoises after he fell asleep on a surfboard and drifted out to sea theguardian.com/film/2010…
Spanish conquistadors in America didn't realize the true value and rarity of platinum and only cared about gold, but counterfeiters would use platinum to make fake gold and silver, so the Spaniards would dump any confiscated platinum into the sea to try and combat this forging problem en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Leatherback sea turtles, the largest turtles on the planet, are among the fastest reptiles. Capable of bursts up to 22mph in the water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fas…
Taonius borealis is a species of deep sea glass squid found in the North Pacific Ocean. It is also called a cockatoo squid because of the angled position of its tentacles that resemble the tropical bird's crest. It has a mostly ammonia-filled body and it sometimes releases some for buoyancy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tao…
In 1849, a fossil arm bone from a 10 foot long sea turtle was discovered in a streambed in New Jersey. In 2012, an amateur paleontologist found the other half of the same bone and the two halves were reunited after more than 160 years apart sci-news.com/paleontology…
There is archeological evidence that humans used implants to replace missing teeth for thousands of years. In China with have carved bamboo pegs, Egypt have similarly shaped pegs and Mayans with sea shells. Bone growth around the implants, indicates that they were functional as well as esthetic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…

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