22 August 2012

CATS ON BOATS

For felines afloat, it's all about the inner voyage.
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Voyage, Jean-Michel Folon, Citygarden, Saint Louis. Photo credit: clio 1789 via Flickr.

20 August 2012

ONE BREATH

Freediving world champion Guillaume Néry gets one with the water.
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15 August 2012

NAVY CATS

Felines of the US fleet and the sailors who loved them. Photos and captions from the United States Naval Institute.
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Crew of USS Nahant with their two cats, ca 1898. Nahant was an ironclad monitor that joined the fleet of Rear Admiral Samual Francis du Pont in the attack on Charleston Harbor in 1863.     

Crewmen on the deck of USS Olympia using a mirror to play with their cats in 1898. Olympia served as Admiral George Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila during the Spanish American War. Olympia, currently docked in Philadelphia, is the world's oldest floating steel warship.
   
Crewman of USS Texas pose with mascot dog and cat on the muzzle of one of the ship's guns, ca 1900. Built in 1892, Texas was the first US battleship and gained a reputation for being jinxed because of a series of accidents.
 
The cats of USS Mississippi climb ladders to enter their hammock, ca 1925. Mississippi was involved in several fierce battles in the Pacific during World War II and was hit by kamikazes twice. It survived to be among the ships in Tokyo Bay that witnessed Japan's surrender.
   
Pilots on an aircraft carrier relax by playing with the ship's mascot. Probably USS Ranger, July 1944.

The new mascot 'Saipan' of USS New Mexico. New Mexico provided support during the US Marine invasion of Saipan in 1944, so it's likely the cat was rescued after the battle.

'Bilgewater' the mascot of the Coast Guard Academy, circa 1944.

10 August 2012

JELLYFISH STINGS

From the lab at Fake Science.
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02 August 2012

DEEP DIVING CORMORANT FILMS ITS OWN HUNT

Courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society, this footage of an imperial cormorant fitted with a camera on its back as it dives for 40 seconds to ~150 feet (45 meters), hunts for minute on the seafloor, then catches a snakelike fish, which it carries to the surface to eat. 
  
Cool. But hopefully they take that camera off soon. Remember this study in Nature showing that the survival of king penguins wearing small bands on their flippers dropped by 16 percent, and that they produced 39 percent fewer chicks, and how this might have skewed the data on all kinds of research (notably, climate change)?
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01 August 2012

THE STORY OF BLUEFIN TUNA

Infographic by the Pew Environment Group on the fate of Atlantic bluefin tuna—why the decline and what's needed for the species to recover. Living proof that really good-looking informative graphics will spontaneously broadcast spawn. For a metric version, click here.

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