Tagged: sea

The Barreleye Fish’s Amazing Transparent Head

Aptly known as the spook fish, this translucent ocean dweller’s telescope-like eyes face directly upward to keep an eye on potential prey. To enhance its vision, the barreleye’s head is completely transparent, so as to allow its eyes to collect even more incident light and aid in its collection of food. Pretty cool!

Sea Change: A Tidal Journey Around Britain by Michael Marten (18 pictures)

‘Sea Change’ is a study of the tides around the coast of Britain. The views in each diptych are taken from identical positions at low water and high water, usually six or eighteen hours apart.

The tide comes and goes twice each day, but even when one spends a whole day by the sea it’s easy to miss how dramatic tidal change can be.

Nuclear underwater explosion test (16 gifs)

In July 1946, the United States conducted two atomic tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. The tests, codenamed Able (an atmospheric explosion) and Baker (underwater), were among the very first of the more than 1,000 tests that the U.S. would conduct over the next decades.

Life found in rocks 1.5 miles under the sea

Scientists from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program have discovered bacteria, viruses and fungi living over 1.5 miles under the ocean floor in thick sedimentary rock, which dates back over 100m years. The lifeforms are only just surviving though, reproducing once every 10,000 years or so. Nevertheless the discovery raises questions over where life on Earth can survive.

Research’s Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) turns 50 (2 videos)

The only one of its kind in the world, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego’s FLoating Instrument Platform (FLIP) is a 355-foot-long manned spar buoy designed to serve as a stable platform for oceanographic research.

Resembling a long baseball bat, FLIP is classified as a “research platform” since it has no propulsion power. Rather, FLIP is towed to its operating area in the horizontal position and, through ballast changes, is “flipped” in about 30 minutes to the vertical position to become uniquely stable.