More Enjoying The Ocean

So obviously this challenge is easier for some. But don’t hesitate to be creative! CK and MikeG have it easy. As CK notes this is a “photo on the walk back from lunch today. Don’t hate us because we work here… (note this is one of our crappy beaches, so as not to make people up north or inland feel too bad).” Sounds like a challenge to me! But don’t let this get you down! I happen to know MikeG’s office is a broom closet with no windows. CK also dragged some friends to the beach for a picnic.

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BarnOwl fulfilled this week’s challenge in a creative way.

I managed to enjoy the ocean this week while stuck in semi-arid South Texas, by creating a jellyfish to hang from the ceiling in my lab. I crocheted it from yarn I made from plastic bags, mostly colorful newspaper wrappers in this case. The tentacles and oral arms were created using the hyperbolic crochet technique.

You can read more about it on here wonderfully title blog Guadalupe Storm Petrel.

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.


9 Replies to “More Enjoying The Ocean”

  1. Hey, it may be a broom closet, but I have a very nice new bare light bulb that they let me turn on from 2-3 in the afternoon. On Wednesdays. And a full can of roach spray each week.

  2. I’m heading to the west coast in 10 days, and plan on sitting at the beach in Vancouver, which is a gorgeous view, and one i’m homesick for.

    There’s ocean waterfront here, but a fair amount of it smells of sewage due to outlet pipes and while they’re actually ceasing that over the next while, it unfortunately bubbles up near the Visitor’s information center in a noxious burp.

  3. I think I could put up with a broom-closet office, if I had nice beaches to walk on right outside the building!

  4. That crocheted jelly reminds me of Czech artist Richterova’s sculptures from PET bottles – like her Lion’s Mane, Purple, and Moon Jellyfish (see the links to the right). Check her out – she’s got quite a few nice undersea beasties…

  5. The crafts blog Rockpool Candy also has some very cool jellyfish created from all sorts of recycled materials:

    (http://rockpoolcandy.typepad.com)

    They’ll be on display with the crocheted hyperbolic coral reef and the rubbish vortex, at the World Financial Center in NYC. Wish I could go see them in person…I’ll have to settle for photographs!

  6. I agree with the others on the jelly. Nice work, Barn Owl.
    I think one of your comments led to my own hirsute crab.
    (Jake doesn’t know she’s making me one, yet, but I shall have one!)

  7. Glad y’all like the jellyfish. I’ve been crocheting tote bags from newspaper wrappers and other plastic bags for almost a year now, and I was getting bored, so I decided to try making a jellyfish. I’ll post the pattern on my blog soon-it’s not difficult, as crochet projects go. The time-consuming part is making the yarn from the plastic bags.

    I got my ideas for jellyfish design from a booklet I bought at Monterey Bay Aquarium years ago. I was at a FASEB meeting in Santa Cruz, and we drove over to tour the aquarium for a day.

  8. I think I have taken the challenge to Enjoy the Ocean: I am sitting on a beach on Vancouver Island and it is 75 degrees out and wonderful…I put a whale SuperPod video you would like on my site for you. cheers from ocean.

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