Amazing Seaside Hotel on Stilts
Fogo Island in Canada began to multiply amazing and ambitious architectural projects. This time, teams created a stunning sea-side hotel named the ‘Fogo Island Inn’. This amazing feat of architecture has about a third of the hotel balanced on what look like giant stilts. The hotel offers 29 rooms and living areas of outstanding natural beauty. The use of windows in this hotel’s design allow for full view of the supreme beauty of the ocean.
The hotel is located on the stunning Fogo Island, a remote, accessible island located off the Northeast Coast of Newfoundland, Canada – just over halfway between the equator and the North Pole. Its climate features seven seasons. It is the largest of an archipelago of islands at the very eastern edge of the North American continent; Far, far away yet close enough for short getaways.
S.S. OURANG MEDAN — Whole Crew Discovered Dead After Eerie SOS Messages
An unsubstantiated ghost ship claim, this one is no less terrifying: In 1947, the Dutch cargo ship S.S. Ourang Medan (Indonesian for “Man from Medan”) was found drifting in Indonesian waters. Several ships transversing the Strait of Malacca, located between Sumatra and Malaysia, picked up her distress call that stated “All officers including captain are dead, lying in chart room and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead.” A flurry of unintelligible Morse code and S.O.S. signals followed, ending with the grisly message: “I die.”
When the Ourang Medan was located and boarded by the crew of an American merchant ship, the Silver Star, the claim didn’t disappoint: the bodies of the Dutch crew were strewn among the decks, out in the open, down in the boiler room, everywhere. “Their frozen faces were upturned to the sun… staring, as if in fear… the mouths were gaping open and the eyes staring,” according to a witness account printed in the United States Coast Guard’s 1952 proceedings. Even the ship’s dog was dead. No damage to the ship was found, and no sign of physical injury was found among the corpses. Other than the fact that they were, you know, dead.
No sooner than the Silver Star’s crew cut the towline and made it back to their vessel, the Ourang Medan exploded. If they’d waited much longer, the Silver Star would have almost certainly been dragged down with it.
Popular theories include carbon monoxide poisoning, paranormal phenomena, and a cargo of hazardous chemicals — possibly a combination of nitrogylcerin and potassium cyanide. However, the story of the Ourang Medan is widely believed to be either an exaggeration of another event or else a fabrication altogether. Skeptics roundly disdain the tale, pointing to the fact that no such ship was listed in Lloyd’s Shipping Register of that year, nor were any references to it were found in the ship registration records of the Netherlands. (It was still alarming enough to spark an investigation by the US Coast Guard, though, with plenty of witnesses, indicating that somebody at least saw something.)
Sea Change — High and Low Tides
The daily rise and fall of the tide can be pretty extreme on the shores, leaving large areas flooded and dry in the same day. Michael Marten has been studying the tides since 2003, capturing them with his camera showing high and low tides from exactly the same location. Marten’s images capture the natural cycle of the ebb and flow of the sea that often takes hours to complete. Here are 5 animated GIFs showing his amazing images of the changing tide. More of Michael Marten’s series, Sea Change, can be seen at his website.
Flying fish (Exocoetidae) can be seen jumping out of warm ocean waters worldwide. Their streamlined torpedo shape helps them gather enough underwater speed to break the surface, and their large, wing-like pectoral fins get them airborne.
There are about 40 known species of flying fish. Beyond their useful pectoral fins, all have unevenly forked tails, with the lower lobe longer than the upper lobe. Many species have enlarged pelvic fins as well and are known as four-winged flying fish.
The process of taking flight, or gliding, begins by gaining great velocity underwater, about 37 miles (60 kilometers) per hour. Angling upward, the four-winged flying fish breaks the surface and begins to taxi by rapidly beating its tail while it is still beneath the surface. It then takes to the air, sometimes reaching heights over 4 feet (1.2 meters) and gliding long distances, up to 655 feet (200 meters). Once it nears the surface again, it can flap its tail and taxi without fully returning to the water. Capable of continuing its flight in such a manner, flying fish have been recorded stretching out their flights with consecutive glides spanning distances up to 1,312 feet (400 meters).
Sea Angels and Sea Butterflies: The Horrible Truth…
Russian photographer Alexander Semenov captured these beautifully delicate sea creatures known as Sea Angels and Sea Butterflies. By capturing these little beauties on a black background, their transparent bodies seem to glow with a soft orange color.
Sea angels are a form of sea slug while sea butterflies are a form of sea snail. Sea butterflies have broader bodies and a shell, which some of them retain. But there is a hidden, shocking truth about these lovely luminescent creatures of the sea…and, oh, the horror!
The sea angels eat the sea butterflies.
The angels have terminal mouths common to mollusks, and tentacles to grasp their prey, sometimes with suckers similar to cephalopods. Their “wings” allow sea angels to swim much faster than the larger (usually fused) wings of sea butterflies. Nature can be cruel, but an angel has got to eat!
The Terrifying Mouths of the Sea
1) The Shark Goblin
Considered a living fossil, the rare goblin shark lives deep in the ocean. It’s the only living representative of the Mitsukurinidae family, a lineage that goes back about 125 million years. Adults grow to about 10 to 13 feet long and feature a long flattened snout and highly protrusile jaws. Its long snout is covered with a specialized organ that enable it to sense minute electric fields produced by nearby prey, which it then snatches up by rapidly extending and snapping its horrendous-looking jaws.
2) Hag Fish
In response to physical attack, the hagfish secretes a microfibrous slime. When this goo is combined with water it expands into a cohesive, gelatinous muck (picture 4). A few drops of this stuff is sufficient to bind water dozens of times its own volume and, unlike a simple slime, the proteins it contains unravel to give it some tensile strength and durability. Why the horrifying teeth?
3) The Leatherback Sea Turtle
Those hundreds of jagged stalactites that line the turtle’s mouth and esophagus all the way down to its horrible, horrible gut are called papillae, and they exist because the leatherback turtle’s diet consists entirely of jellyfish and other soft-bodied, slimy invertebrates.
4) The Vampire Fish
Local to the Amazon, the vampire fish is packing a mouth full of knives designed to shank other fish. The teeth are so long - up to 6 inches - that it has to sheathe them in a holster built into the front of its face. They are closely related to piranhas, and piranhas also constitute most of their diet.
5) The Cookie Cutter Shark
Appearing only in deep water under cover of night, the cookie cutter shark is only 2 feet long, but it has the largest teeth relative to its size of any shark. As small as it is, the cookie cutter prefers to inflict hit-and-run attacks. As its name suggests, its signature move is to use the razor-sharp cookie cutter built into its face to quickly rip a circular chunk out of its prey.
Nature’s Living Rock
At first glance Pyura chilensis looks like nothing more than a regular beach rock. But when cut open, their bright red contents will make you think you’ve discovered an alien specimen. Despite appearances, Pyura chilensis is a sea creature that lives on the rocky coasts of Chile and Peru and are fished commercially. The locals eat them raw or cooked with rice because they’re tasty and considered a delicacy.
The outer rock-like appearance of Pyura chilensis is called its tunicin which consists of a strong band of molecules that helps it attach itself to a hard surface. The tunicin is lined with an epidermis and a muscular band and it is inside of these layers that lies the main part of the animal. It has two siphons and eats by inhaling water through one and filtering out the edible micro algae before exhaling the water back out the other.
Pyura chilensis is also a hermaphroditic, with the gonads of both a male and a female, that can release eggs and sperm simultaneously that meet as a fertile cloud in the surrounding water. When the sperm-egg collisions are successful, they produce tiny tadpole-like offspring. Nature has yet again produced a truly bizarre life form with the ultimate in camouflage.