The hunt for Soviet submarines, a 5-foot-long shipworm, the impossibilities of deep-sea mining, and more! Massive Monday Morning Salvage: March 5, 2018.

Foghorn (A Call to Action!)

Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)

  • The secret on the ocean floor: the wild, weird origin of the modern deep-sea mining industry, complete with spies, Soviet submarines, and Howard Hughes. How much is real? How much is emergent from this first fake venture? If you only read one thing about deep-sea mining, read this.

We really misled a lot of people and it’s surprising that the story held together for so long”

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Jetsam (what we’re enjoying from around the web)

Europa, an autonomous wave-and-solar-powered robot, during its mission to search for humpback whales on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean.Jupiter Research Foundation

Europa, an autonomous wave-and-solar-powered robot, during its mission to search for humpback whales on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean.Jupiter Research Foundation

Chinook salmon on display in 1910 at Union Fisherman’s Dock in Astoria, Oregon (Wikimedia image)

Chinook salmon on display in 1910 at Union Fisherman’s Dock in Astoria, Oregon (Wikimedia image)

A ship transits the Corinth Canal in Greece. Archive photo: By Oleg Znamenskiy

A ship transits the Corinth Canal in Greece. Archive photo: By Oleg Znamenskiy

The fangtooth lives in the deep ocean, where it preys upon fish and crustaceans.Courtesy of Danté Fenolio/DEEPEND

The fangtooth lives in the deep ocean, where it preys upon fish and crustaceans.Courtesy of Danté Fenolio/DEEPEND

A scanning electron micrograph shows an engorged female Ixodes angustus tick with a male I. angustus attached to its underside in typical feeding mode—a case of hyperparasitism presumed uncommon in the species. (Image originally published in Durden et al 2018, Journal of Medical Entomology)

A scanning electron micrograph shows an engorged female Ixodes angustus tick with a male I. angustus attached to its underside in typical feeding mode—a case of hyperparasitism presumed uncommon in the species. (Image originally published in Durden et al 2018, Journal of Medical Entomology)

Lagan (what we’re reading from the peer-reviewed literature)

Shipping News (academic and ocean policy wonkery)

Driftwood (what we’re reading on dead trees)

Some ocean classics from Arthur C. Clarke in honor of awesome, real, deep sea spy stories:

Derelicts (favorites from the deep archive)

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March 5, 2018 • 8:15 am