Posts Tagged ‘ Ocean ’

The Man Who Speaks With Sharks.

No animal quite captures our imagination like sharks. In Journey From the Source: Episode III we visit Jupiter, Florida, to meet a shark diver who swims, cage-free, with the ocean’s top predator every day. His advice? Never turn your back on a shark.

The average beach-goer in the US is about 10 times more likely to get struck by lightning than attacked by a shark. Let that sink in for a minute.

It’s a stat that doesn’t reflect the fears of the beach-going public. In Florida, for example, where a quarter of the year is spent in thunderstorms, no one blinks an eye when lightning strikes. But if a shark is spotted in the bay, you can pretty much guarantee pandemonium.

It’s fair to say – and how much blame you want to place on Jaws is up to you – that sharks terrify us. But the animal, and its threat, are so wrapped up in mythology and fear it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Because if sharks are the merciless man-eaters we have been told, how can someone like South Florida-based captain Bryce Rohrer swim with them every day? Without a cage. And never get bitten.

Determined to understand more about sharks – many species of which are endangered due to finning and overfishing – we headed to Jupiter, a little town two hours north of Miami, to meet Bryce and witness his shark-o-philia firsthand. Within two hours of arriving at U-Tiki Marina, where Bryce keeps his diving boat, I’ve already heard him described affectionately by a fellow captain as a ‘mad scientist’.

“I guess I just never fell for the mainstream hype on sharks, you know what I mean?” says Bryce, pulling ropes on deck ready for our dive. “Being out on the water you start seeing sharks for what they are, and it just becomes pretty natural to get in the water with them. All that fear and anxiety just kind of evaporates as soon as you see that shark.”

Bryce spends about 300 days a year on the water with sharks either in Jupiter, Florida, down on the Keys, or up in Nantucket, where he runs another charter. He’s got no desire to swap it for office life anytime soon. “I’ll definitely be involved with sharks for the rest of my life, without a doubt,” he says, revving up the boat for today’s dive. “I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m driving a boat when I’m 70. In some fashion or another, I will be involved with sharks and the ocean and conservation and bringing people out there to see sharks; whether it’s through film, whether it’s through a charter, anything to get people out to see these things and what they’re really all about.”

Stunning Underwater World of Alexander Safonovc

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These amazing photos of underwater world captured by Photographer from Voronezh Alexander Safonov. His photos are very calm but at the same time impress by their greatness.

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Manta Resorts Underwater Hotel Room

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Situated off the eastern coast of Africa by Pemba Island, a private floating island at the Manta Resort provides guests with an all-inclusive hotel room submerged four meters below the surface of the ocean. Designed by swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels, each of the three levels that make up the buoyant building has its own unique view: A rooftop terrace for sun bathing in the day and star gazing at night, a landing deck at sea level equipped with a lounge and restroom, and an underwater hotel room below surrounded by panes of glass for a 360 degree marine panorama. Throughout the day, guests of the resort can remain encapsulated in the submerged hotel room, floating amongst the turquoise blue water swimming with tropical life and coral reef. By night, sleep beside the fish – the bottom platform is illuminated with underwater spotlights beneath each window, attracting a variety rare marine creatures.

Oru Origami Kayak

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Oru Origami Kayak is every adventurist’s dream. It is light, compact, durable, and fully recyclable. And it unfolds magically out of its own carrying case This innovative structure takes only 5 min to assemble and is equipped with extremely tough double-layered plastic hull and a comfortable foam seat.

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19-Year-Old Invents Way To Clean The Ocean Of Plastic Garbage


One of the ongoing environmental disasters you may or may not be aware of is all the plastic floating in the oceans. There’s literally tons of it and, fun fact, it’s slowly poisoning us. Boyan Slat, though, a 19-year-old college student, has a fairly innovative idea to solve the problem. Essentially, he’ll use large booms and giant funnels to do the job. The device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling. Slat’s Ocean Cleanup Array would do a lot more than just keep organic pollutants out of your sushi. Millions of dollars in tourism could be collected and a lot of boat damage could be stopped by hauling all this plastic out of the water. Of course, this solution has to be built: Currently it’s just some clever engineering on paper and some computer models.

Fiji’s Poseidon Underwater Resort

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Check out this stunning underwater hotel Fiji’s Poseidon Resort. Set 40 feet below the water’s surface in a pristine Fijian lagoon is the Poseidon Undersea Resort, a real life submerged hotel accessible by lift and the first of its kind in the world. For a $15,000 per person you’ll get four nights in one of the above water suites, two nights in one of the undersea suites (%70 of the room is see through) and a bunch of other pretty awesome stuff like getting behind the wheel of a mini submarine and gourmet foods.

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House at Sea by Elías Rizo Arquitectos

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Located in one of the most beautiful beaches in Jalisco, this residence is designed in a contemporary mexican style. The house perches over a cliff next to the ocean, which influences the particular shape allowing for amazing views to Bahía de Banderas. The house has 4 and a half floors which contain all the bedrooms and public areas. All areas in the house have visual contact with the ocean, giving it a unique and sophisticated style.

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Alila Villas Uluwatu – Bali

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Eco luxury does not get any better than this. The Singapore based Alila brand has a firm grasp of what it takes to do it right. It is a brand to watch in the coming years with 20 new properties launching in Asia as well as Portugal. Uluwatu is only 30 minutes from the airport (depending on traffic) and does indeed have the same WOW effect as Soori. Stunning views, cliff-top balconies overlooking the ocean, beautifully designed villas with their own pool and decking, indoor and outdoor showers and just space. They understand space. They design spaces that make you immediately feel you are not “in Kansas” any more. It is unlike anything we run into in our everyday lives, or even in our customary luxury moments.

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The ‘Ocean Pearls’ Hotel.

Jumeirah has opened a new cluster of ‘water villas’, dubbed ‘Ocean Pearls’, at its all-suite Jumeirah Dhevanafushi hotel in the Maldives.  Designed to make visitors feel as if they are in the middle of the ocean, the new villas sit on platforms suspended directly above the water, nearly a kilometer offshore from the main resort.  The cluster of villas is connected by a decking walkway, which allows residents to easily access the shared infinity pool, bar, seafood restaurant, elevated library and spa treatment rooms, which are also suspended above the water.  The villas measure 270 square meters or 340 square meters and each offers a deck at the rear overlooking the water, complete with a sunken bathtub and steps down, allowing for a dip in the Indian Ocean.  The Ocean Pearls also offer a 24-hour butler service, on hand to make sure that the journey goes as smoothly as possible.  The luxury property is the latest from ambitious Middle Eastern group Jumeirah, which is set to double the number of hotels it runs in the next 14 months as it grows to compete with luxury brands such as Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons.  Openings over the next year include Kuwait, Majorca, and Azerbaijan, (according to

Slaughterhouse Interview.

Hardknock TV recently put out an exclusive in-depth interview with all four members of Slaugherhouse (‬Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce da 5’9″)‪. In part 1 of this interview Nick Huff Barili asks ‬Slaughterhouse about the new album and if they are looking to make it more introspective than their previous group album, which was extremely lyrical but lacked some of the more personal insight that made them stand out as solo artists. All four members said that you can expect a lot more personal material in the album and that you have to keep in mind that their previous album had to be done in 6 days with a stripped down budget.