Shifting Outlines

How a map is drawn says more about the interests and intentions of the cartographers than it does about the space it describes. Take, for example, these various maps of the Arctic. For most of human existence, the Arctic has been a place of myth, fascination and exploration. For a very few, it’s been home.…

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Spherical Feast

Massive anchovy swarms off the coast of California have kept marine mammals and their observers busy for the past couple of months. It’s not so much that there are more anchovy than usual, it’s that there are more anchovy gathered in one place. According to this article, anchovy movement can be due to a number…

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The Shape of the Unknown

Yesterday, I wrote about the mythical monsters that once populated the marine realm on the way to uncharted territories. Today, I thought I’d look atĀ images of creatures that might have inspired tales of monsters, at least in the retelling. It doesn’t come as a surprise that whales inspired stories of awe. The humpback whale easily…

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