In honor of the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week (starting this Sunday at 9 pm) I thought I’d post this photo I took a few weeks back. It’s a replica of the largest fish ever caught on rod and reel, a 3,427 pound, 17-foot-long great white caught by the legendary Capt. Frank Mundus along with Donnie Braddick off of Montauk, New York, in 1986.
Tampa is ramping up security efforts as the Republican National Convention approaches. From August 27 to 30, some of the nation’s most powerful and influential people are convening on the Florida city heretofore best known for having ridiculously good-looking women.
I don't think I'd ever seen anything quite like it before. There was a light rain falling at the time--as there often is in the Pacific Northwest--and I was walking down the long dock at Skyline Marina in Anacortes, Washington. And the vision ahead seemed like pure romance, or maybe pure cinematic romance is more like it. I swear. Had Humphrey Bogart himself swung open the watertight door of the buff-colored superstructure and stepped out into the chilly air to study the sky and pull up the collar of his pea coat, I wouldn't have been a bit surprised.
We made a quick trip to Trieste over the weekend to join Monte Carlo Yachts in welcoming its new 70. The gleaming yacht was the belle of the ball, making a striking impression on the hard in the main piazza of this northeastern Italian city.
This video posted on PBS’s American Masters Tumblr sent me scurrying to my bookshelf (I know I have a first edition here somewhere…). But if you only have a few minutes, it’s an easy way (and pretty remarkable to watch) to get reacquainted with one of the great stories of our time: Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.” One caveat/disclaimer: I didn’t pick the music.
Talk about strange bedfellows, offshore oil rigs now have a vigorous champion in a conservation group, the Coastal Conservation Association. At issue is not the pollution caused by such catastrophes as the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Instead the sticking point is the steel legs of the now-idle drilling platforms, encrusted with coral and teeming with life.
Dogs may have been rounding up sheep and cattle for centuries, but it appears they just got one-upped. Bottlenose dolphins are helping fishermen in Brazil not only by circling schools of fish but also signaling when and where to throw the nets. The dolphins round up mullet, steer them toward the fishing boats, then slap their heads or tails against the surface of the water when it’s time for the catch.