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// Rainbow Pipes //
Mar 7, 2014
There is no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, but something just as good.
Photograph by Steve Arklay Photography
// Chasing Swells //
Mar 7, 2014
This is a solid compilation of Dean Bowen chasing some of the biggest and memorable swells from over the world in the past few years.
// Coastal wanderings can uncover alien like gems //
Mar 6, 2014
The shorelines of the world can be like a treasure hunt if you look carefully. Sea stars, urchins, crabs and fish, not to mention the 1000s of types of seaweeds, but for me, the biggest thrill I get is from a little creature who is excellent at ‘hide and seek’.
How many times have you seen an octopus? If you spend a lot of time at the beach, probably a handful of times, possibly more if you are really looking for them. The octopus is easily one of my favourite animals in the world. What other creatures other than cephalopods (head and foot animal) have mastered camouflage like this family? Octopus, cuttle and squid can all change the colour and texture of their skin in a fraction of a second, and have evolved to use this in a few ways including hunting and hiding.
I have worked as an Outdoor and Environmental Educator for 20 years, while moonlighting as a musician and photographer. My current job is based next to the sea in Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia. I spend a great deal of the working week with school students on the beach looking for marine flora and fauna while beach combing, rock pooling and snorkelling, and often on the weekends I cob the rock pools with my daughter. Over that period I have been lucky enough to see a number of cephalopods and evidence of them such as squid eggs and pens, or vast quantities of cuttle bone washed up on shore.
In early February this year on a rock pool ramble with some students I was lucky enough to encounter this little beauty. And what a beauty she was! The southern blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena maculosa) is, in my opinion, stunningly beautiful and amazing to witness in its habitat. One of the smaller octopuses to grace our shores with an approximate maximum size of an adult hand, these guys have developed a slightly different approach to defence. Evolution has led the Blue Ring to have a few interesting things. They don’t have the capability to squirt ink, but to compensate for that, they have a very powerful neuro toxin that can kill humans very quickly, or neutralise prey and other creatures that may be trying to eat it. However, we rarely hear of people being bitten by them so many people are naive to the danger. Being a very small nocturnal animal and a master of camouflage, blue ringed octopuses are not often seen, but they are there. In fact, various species (4 in total) can be found on every shore on our Pacific and Indian Ocean shore lines throughout Australasia. If you are lucky enough to witness one in its habitat, it will probably be showing off its beautiful blue coloured rings, which are a very loud and clear warning to beware. Who needs ink when you can kill a human with one little nip? In reality, these octopuses are no more aggressive towards humans than any other octopus and would much rather go back to bed than deal with you! It is highly likely that if you see one out in the day time swimming in a rock pool or washed up on shore that it is at the end of its very short life. Most octopuses (and their cousins) only live for a year. So, next time the surf is flat or you are simply over the crowd factor like me, change tack and go for a walk on our shores and explore the rock pools. Just remember this, you should always be able to see where your fingertips are. Don’t go sticking your hands under rocks or ledges where you can’t see, its not worth the risk! Oh, and don’t forget the camera, cause if you see one, there is no guarantee you will ever see one again!
Words and photography by Tim Henshall
// A birds eye view of a Dolphin Stampede //
Mar 4, 2014
Drone footage is popping up left right and centre lately, some good and some bad but this is by far the most amazing footage we have come across…
Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari has recently filmed and edited a 5-minute video that contains some of the most beautiful, jaw-dropping, footage ever taken with a drone from the air of a huge mega-pod of thousands of common dolphins stampeding off Dana Point, California, three gray whales migrating together down the coast off San Clemente.
Enjoy this magical five minutes…
// Protect Paradise //
Feb 28, 2014
“Palm oil is an ingredient in thousands of products we use every day. But palm oil has a dirty secret: forest destruction. Every year, thousands of hectares of Indonesian rainforest and peatlands – some of the most biodiverse regions on the planet – are being destroyed to make way for new palm oil plantations. We don’t have to clear forests for palm oil – solutions exist and some companies are on track to supply clean, responsible palm oil. But we need to take urgent action.
We are calling on companies to guarantee their products are free from forest destruction. Clean, responsible palm oil is possible. Join the movement now, and help to Protect Paradise.”
Head to the link below to join the movement: protectparadise.org
// Keeping Calm //
Feb 28, 2014
“Maybe you were the ocean, when I was just a stone.” Ben Howard
// Escape From Bigfoot Country //
Feb 27, 2014
Enjoy part two of Trevor’s adventures into Bigfoot Country…
“Cascadia’s Bigfoot Country had treated our traveler Trevor Gordon to nothing but fun waves and pleasurable camping experiences. That, however, was before a close encounter with none other than the mythical Bigfoot himself.
Thus, Trevor thought it wise to head back home to Carpinteria, California. But before he left, he availed himself of some deserted waves.”
// The Salt Trail //
Feb 25, 2014
“This is a visual story about splashing some colour into your lives, by opening your eyes, breaking away from the mould and following your dreams. As wave sliders, we are inspired by waves to travel the globe in search of perfect waves but the deeper you look and the further you go, you realise that its not about finding that perfect slide…its about the people you meet and what you find along the way and how these experiences change you deep within.”
Enjoy this trailer to a film soon to be released by Mark Waters, be inspired to explore and get out there, be happy and live life.
// Get Out There //
Feb 23, 2014
“When asked what freedom is to us, we’ll probably say nothing. No thoughts, no doubts, no fears, no pressure, no self reflection. A positive emptiness.”
A film by Jan Eric Euler
// Midnight Magic //
Feb 21, 2014
“The day, water, sun, moon, night – I do not have to purchase these things with money.” – Plautus
Photo by John Kelsey Photography
// Ocean Acidification //
Feb 20, 2014
“Ocean acidification is probably the most important issue on the planet today,” says Revolution director Rob Stewart and it is also the largest environmental issue threatening the world.
The oceans are what regulate our climate, our atmospheric chemistry and the levels of carbon in the air. More than 50% of our oxygen we breathe is produced by the ocean, by plants known as phytoplankton.
Ocean acidification is the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth’s oceans, caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. An estimated 30–40% of the carbon dioxide released by humans into the atmosphere dissolves into oceans, rivers and lakes. Since the Industrial Revolution, massive quantities of carbon dioxide pollution and carbonic acid have been released into the atmosphere and are being absorbed by oceans. This in turn dissolves the shells of marine organisms, having the most harmful effect on the coral reefs, which are vital for other species survival as they are used for spawning, homes for their offspring and feeding. With the coral reefs dying this could lead to a massive extinction across the entire ocean life.
Change needs to begin now before it is too late. We need to reduce our carbon footprint and pressure our government to create strict emissions laws. Some food for thought next time you fill up your car. Maybe try riding to work, or at least sharing your vehicle with others… Make shopping lists and do one big shop a week instead of driving to the store for milk. The end goal would be to stop the burning of fossil fuels all together but until then conscious decisions need to be made by everyone who cares about our ocean, and the future of the world.
// Trail Therapy //
Feb 18, 2014
On a road trip through the Californian desert last Christmas, Cyrus Sutton met a man by the name of Steve Fugate. A man whom in 1999, lost his son to suicide and only a few years later his daughter to a drug overdose. At sixty-four years old, he has walked across the United States seven times to raise awareness for depression and suicide and to inspire people he meets to “love life.” Fourteen years on and 34,000 miles of walking later, Steve continues his quest to heal his heart and the hearts of those in need.
An inspirational story, beautifully told my Cyrus. Spread the good word and be sure to send your thoughts to Steve. He gets stoked on a Facebook message, something he feels connects us all and helps spread his word.
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// Over the Hill – Mason Mashon //
Feb 16, 2014
Stoked to introduce Canadian photographer Mason Mashon who calls the mountains of Whistler, BC home, but any chance he gets he is ocean bound. He has some mind blowing work and a newly launched website – so be sure to check him out:
// Monster and Sea //
Feb 14, 2014
“Cancer is a crazy thing. When you hear the word it is sort of like talking underwater. I didn’t know what to do and as a husband – when you are supposed to stand in the gap and take the punch for your wife – it is a helpless feeling. My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and then right on the heals of that she was diagnosed with lymphoma.
There was a week of time where words like terminal and poor prognosis became part of our conversations. Needless to say, life comes into focus very quickly. Our world ground to a halt but nothing else stops. Work, commitments, bills. It all just keeps rolling along.
I am a graphic designer by trade and sitting in meetings listening to people have heated discussions about the size of their logo or the difference between plain water and spritzer. Made my head numb.
Paddling has been my safe place through all of this. One morning I was in the middle of the lake. Just floating. Too wore out to do much else. Looking around listening to sound the water makes — How can I use the skills that I have to do something for good — was the question I couldn’t get out of my head.
Monster & Sea came to life. A brand that offers hope and inspiration. A brand that gives back and a brand that people are proud to be associated with.
”Go because you can” is the hope and inspiration.
10% of every sale is the the give back to help families dealing with cancer.
If we can write one check that helps one family deal with the chaos that cancer brings – then Monster & Sea is successful.
If we can inspire others to want to participate, give back and live by example — then we are all successful.
My wife is the strongest person I know. She went through terror and facing her own mortality with faith, grace and composure. She is out the other side for now and doing well. Humbling to say the least and she embodies everything that Monster and Sea is – Troy Nebeker
Support an amazing cause by heading to www.monsterandsea.com
// The Conditioned //
Feb 13, 2014
“Damned is the man who abandons himself.” Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho
These six words show that the worse the situation is, never ever should a man consider it lost.
The following is truly magical tale, one to inspire, to give hope and to show the importance of the arts and creativity in our world and the power it has for every single one of us.
“Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho was homeless in São Paulo, Brazil, for nearly 35 years, and became locally known for sitting in the same spot and writing every day. In April 2011, he was befriended by a young woman named Shalla Monteiro. Impressed by his poetry and wanting to help him with his dream of publishing a book, she created a Facebook Page to feature Raimundo’s writing. Neither could have expected what happened next.”
See more about Raimundo and his poetry head here.