Tag Archives: Pacific

Prepared Crew on Charter Boat Stardust Rescues Dumb Kayakers

I guess if you are going to be stupid, it is also good to be lucky. A few days ago, two kayakers, a man and a woman, paddled out several miles into the Pacific ocean off Goleta, CA, 15 miles … Continue reading

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Over One Million Square Miles of New Ocean Sanctuaries

It is easy to get caught up in the bad news. The oceans are filling with plastic. Coral reefs are dying due to ocean acidification caused by climate change.  Overfishing will wipe out all currently fished seafood by 2050. And … Continue reading

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Williwaw & Hydroptere — Foiling Tris Sailing the Open Pacific

This summer, the French 60′ foiling trimaran Hydroptere sailed 2215 nautical miles from Los Angeles to Hawaii. The winds were not favorable and the passage was not terribly fast at about 11 days, compared to the four day record set by the 110-foot … Continue reading

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Fukushima Fear Mongering & the Damage it Does

In March of 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was hit by a tsunami triggered by the magnitude 9.0 Tōhoku earthquake.  Three operating nuclear reactors suffered partial meltdowns and a fourth reactor which was not in service suffered hydrogen explosions which … Continue reading

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Man Drifts onto Ebon Atoll — Claims to Have Survived 16 Months at Sea

A man recently drifted ashore in a 24′ fiberglass boat on Ebon Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the northern Pacific.  He speaks only Spanish and says his name is Jose Ivan.  He claims to have set off from Mexico heading … Continue reading

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The Ocean is Broken

Roughly two hundred years ago, Lord Byron published Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, which contains a stanza that today seems sadly dated: Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean–roll! Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain; Man marks the earth … Continue reading

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British Solo Rowers Sarah Outen & Charlie Martell Rescued from Tropical Cyclone Marwar

Tropical cyclone Marwar ended attempts by two solo British rowers to row across the Pacific this week.  Sarah Outen, 27, was attempting to traverse the globe using only human power, by either rowing, kayaking or cycling.   She began her … Continue reading

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70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea

Seventy yeas ago, the Japanese and navies of the United States and Australia fought the Battle of the Coral Sea in the waters southwest of the Solomon Islands and eastward from New Guinea in a series of naval battles from May … Continue reading

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Pacific Nation of Kiribati Considers Relocating to Fiji to Avoid Rising Ocean

The Pacific nation of Kiribati is sinking. Or, more accurately, the ocean is rising, which from a practical perspective amounts to the same thing. The nation of 33 tiny atolls and coral islands, scattered across an area of the Pacific Ocean more than … Continue reading

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Women Making Music with the Sea

This is not specifically a Mother’s Day post, but somehow, it feels right to post today. Women of the Banks Islands, a group of islands in northern Vanuatu, in the Pacific stand waist deep in the ocean and literally play the water … Continue reading

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Whose Missile was it? Was it a Missile?

Update: One blogger has plotted the trajectories and determined that the contrail was that of US Airways flight 808.   At least no one is claiming that it was a weather balloon.  The Daily Show has its own spin. On … Continue reading

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