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Photography Science

A Photographer Captures the Unusual Way Sperm Whales Sleep

A Photographer Captures the Unusual Way Sperm Whales Sleep

July 4, 2017

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Kate Sierzputowski

Photographer Franco Banfi and a team of scuba divers were following a pod of sperm whales when suddenly the large creatures became motionless and began to take a synchronized vertical rest. This strange sleeping position was first discovered only in 2008, when a team of biologists from the UK and Japan drifted into their own group of non-active sperm whales. After studying tagged whales the team learned this collective slumber occurs for approximately 7 percent of the animal’s life, in short increments of just 6-24 minutes. More



Photography Science

Alexander Semenov Photographs Astonishing Creatures from the Depths of the World’s Oceans

Alexander Semenov Photographs Astonishing Creatures from the Depths of the World’s Oceans

Jun.16.17

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Christopher

If you’re like me, the only possible reaction to these recent photographs by marine biologist Alexander Semenov is “What is that? What is that?! WHAT IS THAT!?” Semenov is the head of the diving at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station where he brings nearly a decade of underwater photography experience to a wide variety of research and exploration projects. He focuses mostly on invertebrate animals found in the Arctic ocean: squishy, wiggly, translucent creatures from jellyfish to worms found deep underwater, most of which have never been documented with such detail and clarity. More



Photography

New Photographs of Monumental Waves Crashing in Australia by Warren Keelan

New Photographs of Monumental Waves Crashing in Australia by Warren Keelan

Feb.8.17

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Christopher

Australian photographer Warren Keelan (previously) captures crashing waves from beside, and sometimes within their swell. Clad in a wetsuit he takes to the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia to photograph the dazzling curvature of waves right as they break. More



Art

A Translucent Figurative Sculpture Appears Camouflaged Against the Horizon of Bondi Beach

A Translucent Figurative Sculpture Appears Camouflaged Against the Horizon of Bondi Beach

Nov.11.16

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Christopher

Recently on view as part of Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, this unusual figurative sculpture by artist Alessandra Rossi seems to have captured the imagination of many, becoming one of the most popular pieces of this year’s exhibition. Titled Untitled (coral), Rossi says the piece depicting a solitary young girl in a dress is inspired in part by the phenomenon of coral bleaching, something that occurs in nature when ocean water becomes too warm and coral begins to expel an algae giving it a white appearance. More



Photography

A Towering Iceberg and Its Shadow Split the World into Quadrants

A Towering Iceberg and Its Shadow Split the World into Quadrants

Oct.11.16

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Christopher

Captured by Canadian photographer David Burdeny in 2007, this amazing photo of a tabular iceberg rising straight out of the Weddel Sea appears to organize the world into four neat quadrants. Titled “Mercators Projection,” the photo is from his series “North/South” taken while on tour of Antarctica and Greenland. You can follow Burdeny’s most recent work on Instagram. (via PetaPixel) More



Photography Science

A Macro Timelapse Highlights the Micro Movements of Spectacularly Colored Coral

A Macro Timelapse Highlights the Micro Movements of Spectacularly Colored Coral

Sep.29.16

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Kate

Interested in documenting one of the oldest animals on Earth, Barcelona-based production company myLapse set to capture the minimal movements of brightly colored coral, recording actions rarely seen by the human eye. The short film took nearly 25,000 individual images of the marine invertebrates to compose, and photography of species, such as the Acanthophyllia, Trachyphyllia, Heteropsammia cochlea, Physogyra, took over a year.
The production team hopes the film attracts attention to the Great Barrier Reef, encouraging watchers to take a deeper interest in one of the natural wonders of the world that is being rapidly bleached due to climate change. More



Design

New Cut Stone Tables Encased in Resin Mimic an Ocean Reef

New Cut Stone Tables Encased in Resin Mimic an Ocean Reef

Aug.22.16

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Christopher

Furniture designer Alexandre Chapelin (previously) wows us again with this new pair of tables that mimic a cross-section of an underwater reef. The Saint Martin-based artist uses natural stone encased in a translucent blue resin to “bring the ocean into your living room.” You can see more views of the new tables on Instagram. (via Colossal Submissions) More



Science

A Purple Cuttlefish with Comically Giant Googly Eyes Spotted on the Ocean Floor

A Purple Cuttlefish with Comically Giant Googly Eyes Spotted on the Ocean Floor

Aug.17.16

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Christopher

Nope, it’s not a rare Pokemon or even a plastic toy. Behold the Rossia pacifica or stubby squid, an altogether ridiculous looking relative to the cuttlefish that was recently spotted by the E/V Nautilus off the coast of California at a depth of 900 meters (2,950 feet). Researchers in the video can be heard discussing how creature’s giant eyes almost look painted on, giving it the appearance of a discarded children’s toy. More



Art

New Ocean Reefs Comprised of Rolled Paper by Amy Genser

New Ocean Reefs Comprised of Rolled Paper by Amy Genser

Aug.11.16

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Christopher

For artist Amy Genser, paper is pigment. The Connecticut-based artist cuts, rolls, and arranges countless tubes of mulberry paper mounted to Masonite boards to produce vibrant reef-like canvases. The tightly rolled papers perfectly mimc the forms of sea coral that appears to grow organically in every direction across (and on the sides of) each canvas. Since we last explored her work several years ago Genser was commissioned to create a massive 150 ft. More



Food

Edible Sea Glass Candy Looks Just Like It Washed up on the Beach

Edible Sea Glass Candy Looks Just Like It Washed up on the Beach

Jul.19.16

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Christopher

Jason and Andie from Andie’s Specialty Shop have an incredible skill for making edible treats that look like everyday objects from vintage buttons to chocolate gears or even an entire Scrabble set. One of their most popular treats are bags of mixed candy chunks that look exactly like sea glass, pieces of broken bottles churned by the seashore. I can’t even imagine how they make these oyster shells embedded with chocolate. More



Amazing Photography

Pilot Captures Amazing Thunderstorm Photo at 37,000 Feet Over the Pacific Ocean

Pilot Captures Amazing Thunderstorm Photo at 37,000 Feet Over the Pacific Ocean

Jul.6.16

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Christopher

Over the last few years we’ve seen our fair share of storm and lightning photographs, but this shot from Ecuador Airlines pilot Santiago Borja might top them all. Taken from a Boeing 767-300 cockpit at the precise moment of a lightning flash, the image captures a powerful thunderstorm forming above the Pacific Ocean just south of Panama. A difficult shot considering the turbulent weather and near pitch-dark setting.
“I like this photo so much because you can feel the amazing size of the storm and its power,” he tells the Washington Post. More