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Unflappable Mola Molas, a Cousteau biopic, sharkcats, and more! Monday Morning Salvage: August 21, 2017

Fog Horn (A Call to Action)

Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)

  • “Thirty years ago, I discovered a new world. I wanted to conquer it when I should have protected it. It’s not too late.” An uncompromising Jacques Cousteau biopic starring Lambert Wilson? Yes, please!

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

  • Paul Allen and his team have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, which sank 72 years ago. Between Allen, Bezos, Cameron, and Branson, the Age of Billionaire Ocean Explorers is shaping up to produce some fascinating discoveries. Quint’s monologue in Jaws about the sinking of the Indianapolis is among the greatest scenes in film.

PHOTOGRAPH BY ADRIAN DENNIS, AFP, GETTY IMAGES

The Quadriga sailing cargo ship will be equipped with four masts, and will be capable of transporting up to 2,000 vehicles. Image: Lloyd’s Register/Quadriga

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

I have a new paper out today, Co-authored with fellow SFS writer William Saleu! Happy Eclipse Day!

Our own David Shiffman has a new paper out, and it’s causing a bit of a stir in the recreational land-based shark Florida shark fishery.

Shipping News (academic and ocean policy wonkery)

Driftwood (what we’re reading on dead trees)

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Marine science and conservation. Deep-sea ecology. Population genetics. Underwater robots. Open-source instrumentation. The deep sea is Earth's last great wilderness.


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