Reading this lately…

Plus a small sea glass collection from Smuttynose

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Reading this lately…

Kurson provides one of the best narratives about SCUBA diving, and high risk shipwreck exploration, that I’ve ever come across.  I love his description of navigating a wreck:

“A diver who enters a wreck…must conceive of space differently than he does on land…He must remember everything – every twist, turn, rise, and fall – and he must do so in an environment of few obvious landmarks and where most everything is sweatered in sea anemones.

Reading this lately…

“The Arctic whales – bowheads, beluga, and narwhals – are the most tantalizing of all cetaceans. Rising and falling with the changing seasons of ice, they are barometers of an invisible world, spectrally floating within their bounded sea, locked into its cycle. They are philopatrous animals, loyal to the site of their birth, and the only whales to live in the Arctic throughout the year. One hundred thousand belugas swim in polar seas; the geographical remoteness of the less populous bowheads and their outriders, the narwhals, is such that they are seldom seen.”

Reading this lately…

“In such a silent flight, the sperm whale could not be outdistanced.  More than any other marine mammal, it is a master of the sea.  Using its muscle-bound tail, it can power its way thousands of feet below, its paddle-shaped flippers tucked into its flanks as neatly as an aeroplane’s undercarriage.  And once below, it can stay down for up to two hours.  To achieve this feat, a whale must spend much of its time breathing at the surface – its ‘spoutings out’. as the sailors called them – taking some sixty to seventy breaths in ten or eleven minutes.”

“…the Sperm Whale only breathes about one seventh or Sunday of his time” – The Fountain, Moby Dick