Saturday, March 31, 2018


rain ?  here ? in Oregon ?                       

After testing more than 250 bottles from 11 brands of water, Orb Media found that one single bottle can hold thousands of microscopic plastic particles. Essentially, the study showed that 93 percent of the water bottle samples contained microplastics.

Orb Media found the highest level of microplastics in a Nestle Pure Life sample, which had 10,390 particles per liter. The highest number of particles found in Dasani and Aquafina samples was 335 ppl and 4,713 ppl, respectively.

"You're getting microparticles now. What else are you getting that aren't particles that you can't see with the fluorescing?" Vaughn wondered aloud.
According to the study, the U.S. does not have specific rules for microplastics in food and beverages. While there's no evidence that consuming microplastics has an adverse effect on human health, it's a growing area of concern and known environmental pollutant


We are into full Spring, 60 degree days and our North wind is back (our all-summer North wind),  38-40 degrees at night, remember tonight is supposed to be a "blue" full moon....

A new study published in Nature magazine suggests that our Great Pacific Garbage Patch we keep reporting on here, is growing “exponentially” and now spans roughly 617,763 square miles (1.6 million square km), or about three times the size of France.

The garbage patch is an accumulation of plastic and floating debris brought together by a gyre, the circular current, in the Pacific between California and Hawaii. It is thought to be the largest ocean garbage patch on earth. 

According to the new study, the trash is made up of 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing nearly 90,000 tons. This new estimate is between four and sixteen times greater than had previously been predicted.

One aspect of the study that appears to have drawn less attention than the size and the extent of the patch is what it is made of. The study determined that at least 46% of the floating debris are fishing nets and related cordage.

 These “ghost nets” are a major threat to fish populations around the world and pose an entirely different set of challenges in any potential cleanup.

Old Salt Blog reports that:  (These are live hyperlinks)
"The problem of ghost nets may be significantly larger than even the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The conservation group World Animal Protection estimates that around 640,000 tonnes of so-called ‘ghost gear’ is left in oceans each year. This ghost gear continues to catch and kill fish and animals as large as whales. The International Whaling Commission estimates that 308,000 whales and dolphins die annually due to entanglement in fishing gear, and more still in marine debris"

Over on our whazammo.com website Sea pages we have been talking all of these same points, and posting them here, in a few weeks we will be reopening whazammo radio as the "PORTHOLE PODCASTS" radio show, and again will be discussing all of these ocean-harbor-our planet issues (along with Veterans and life-in-the-hatbor stuff).

Sunday, March 25, 2018


SUN  ! at noon, is it over ? 

Todays news on Fox; THE BEGINNING OF THE END

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The winter calving season for critically endangered right whales is ending without a single newborn being spotted off the southeast U.S. coast, a reproductive drought unseen for three decades that experts say brings the rare species a perilous step closer to extinction.
"It's a pivotal moment for right whales," said Barb Zoodsma, who oversees the right whale recovery program in the U.S. Southeast for the National Marine Fisheries Service. "If we don't get serious and figure this out, it very well could be the beginning of the end."

Researchers have been looking since December for newborn right whales off the coasts of Georgia and Florida, where pregnant whales typically migrate each winter to give birth in warmer Atlantic waters.
Trained spotters in airplanes who spend the season scouting the coastal waters for mother-and-calf pairs found nothing this season. They wrap up work when the month ends Friday.
Zoodsma said she doesn't expect any last-minute calf sightings. If she's right, it will be the first year whale spotters have recorded zero births since survey flights began in 1989.
The timing could hardly be worse. Scientists estimate only about 450 North Atlantic right whales remain, and the species suffered terribly in 2017. A total of 17 right whales washed up dead in the U.S. and Canada last year, far outpacing five births.
With no rebound in births this past winter, the overall population could shrink further in 2018. One right whale was found dead off the coast of Virginia in January.
"It is truly alarming," said Philip Hamilton, a scientist at the New England Aquarium in Boston who has studied right whales for three decades. "Following a year of such high mortality, it's clear the population can't sustain that trajectory."
Right whales have averaged about 17 births per year during the past three decades. Since 2012, all but two seasons have yielded below-average calf counts.
Scientists will be looking for newborn stragglers as the whales return to their feeding grounds off the northeastern U.S. this spring. That happened last year, when two previously unseen babies were spotted in Cape Cod Bay.
Right whale researcher Charles "Stormy" Mayo of the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts, said he was hopeful some calves were born this season off the Carolinas or Virginia, where scientists weren't really looking.
It's also possible right whales could rally with a baby boom next year. Females typically take three years or longer between pregnancies, so births can fluctuate year-to-year. The previous rock-bottom year for births — just one calf spotted in 2000 — was followed by 31 newborns in 2001, the second-best calving season on record.
"I still think next year or the year after, we could see dozens of right whales calving down here," said Clay George, a wildlife biologist who oversees right whale surveys for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
With future births uncertain, researchers say more needs to be done to prevent human causes of many right whale deaths. Necropsies performed on the 17 dead whales last year found at least four were struck by ships and at least two died from entanglement in fishing gear.
Hamilton said speed restrictions on ships in waters where right whales are most frequently found might be expanded throughout the eastern seaboard to further protect the giant mammals as they roam. Meanwhile, some commercial fishermen are testing gear with ropes that have built-in weak points designed to break rather than ensnare a large whale. Others are working on ropeless lobster pots that use inflatable bags to bring the traps to the surface.
"It all has to happen quickly," Hamilton said. "We can't handle waiting 10 or 20 years."
Some conservationists are trying to force immediate change. The groups Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit in January saying the federal government has failed to protect right whales as required by the Endangered Species Act and called for new regulations on the fishing industry.
Scientists suspect entanglements are partly to blame for fewer right whale births as well. Even in cases that aren't fatal, researchers say, the stress on ensnared females likely makes pregnancies more difficult.
Research has shown most females right whales are now dying by age 30, less than half their expected lifespan. And the adult females that had babies last year, identified by unique markings on their heads, were giving birth for the first time in seven or eight years — more than double the typical span between pregnancies.
"Right now, the sky is falling," Zoodsma said. "I do think we can turn this around. But it's sort of like, what's our willpower to do so? This is a time for all hands on deck."

Friday, March 23, 2018



Rain, rain, rain, sleet, rain, sun, rain, 40 degrees forever

And another....

Mass Stranding Kills Almost 150 Pilot Whales

Dozens of whales tragically died on the southwestern tip of Australia in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

Sometime between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, more than 150 short-finned pilot whales beached themselves on Hamelin Bay in Western Australia. Piled upon one another, weakly thrashing, they slowly perished before a scatter of saddened onlookers. By 9:30 AM, more than half were dead.
Officials shut down the beach and issued a “shark alert” in order to clear the water. Time was short and with each passing moment, there were fewer left to save. But working with these massive, powerful mammals in unpredictable weather conditions was a risk — not only for the whales but for the people desperately working to save their lives.
“The strength of the animals and the windy and possibly wet weather conditions will affect when and where we attempt to move them out to sea,” said Parks and Wildlife Service Incident Controller Jeremy Chick in an update posted to their site. “The main objectives are to ensure the safety of staff and volunteers as well as the whales’ greatest chance of survival.”
By noon, only 15 whales still lived. Four grueling hours later, just seven. Rocky beach and rough seas sabotaged every effort at an already difficult operation. “The conditions are challenging but we are doing all we can to give these animals the best chance of survival without risking the safety of staff and volunteers,” Chick said.
The rescue efforts sustained another loss before the last six whales were returned to the ocean. Still, questions remain. No one knows exactly why such “mass strandings” take place. Was the dominant whale disoriented, or distracted by the prospect of food? Does the sonar we use for subaquatic mapping and navigation confuse creatures so attuned to its frequencies? We may never know what led to the deaths of these creatures.
Fortunately, for them and for us, there are compassionate heroes willing to step in on their behalf

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Great ! wind storm yesterday-late and evening.... the California storm center was off our coast, and we had lightening-thunder-wind gusts to 40, and lotsa'rock-n-roll all night long !  trying to clear this AM though....

Two great articles in Thursdays paper...
For the first time in decades, no new calves have been seen during the breeding season for the critically endangered (almost extinct) North Atlantic Right Whale population.

Only 100 females of breeding age remain, and only five calves were born in 2017. And at least 17 right whales died last year.
 New threats to their space like seismic airgun blasting and offshore drilling impact the very survival of these critically endangered whales.

During the process to locate oil and gas deposits below the seafloor, seismic airguns shoot explosive loud blasts of compressed air into the ocean every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for days to weeks on end. 

Intervention to stop seismic airgun blasting and offshore drilling is really needed.

Seismic airgun blasts are invasive in their underwater world, and transmits easily through water, and could cause serious injury or death and disturb vital behaviors such as their ability to communicate, breed, locate their young or hunt for food.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch now consumes a whopping 600,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean.

The immense mass of predominantly plastic waste floats halfway between California and Hawaii, as a large part of the more than five trillion pieces of plastic garbage currently polluting our planet’s most precious resource. 
The Ocean Cleanup Foundation has spearheaded the recently published research, explaining that the wind and convergence of ocean currents are what gather so much of it into one place.
The “patch” contains more than 1.8 trillion pieces of garbage and weighs approximately 88,000 tons. That is the rough equivalent of 500 jumbo jets — and more than 16 times the size of previous estimates. It has nearly doubled the size of Texas — and is bigger than France, Germany, and Spain combined.
The study required three years of careful mapping, a team of scientists, six universities, and even a company that develops aerial sensors. And it only covered this single largest island of pollutants — there are four others floating around, waiting on the same level of scrutiny.
There is urgency inherent to the project. For now, the plastics are largely gathered in these centralized locations. However, tiny pieces are constantly breaking away and, every day, make the oceans more dangerous for continued marine life. If left unattended, there is no educated guess as to how long the process could continue.

The Ocean Cleanup Foundation’s spokesman, Dubois, called it “a ticking time bomb of larger material.” He emphasized that “we’ve got to get it before it breaks down into a size that’s too small to collect and also dangerous for marine life.”

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Over the past few months, we have posted a number of "washed up on shore" marine sea life articles sent to in us, they all seem to either baffle the local "experts", or end in some sort of lame explanation that is not very scientific in logic. Here is another . . .  Nessie ?
    But not to worry, although experts have so far been unable to positively identify the animal from either the photos and video footage, remember our "Sea pickles" and UK starfish knee deep deaths, NOAA and the government paid researchers are so far off their marks, and so unscientific and secretive it really alarms us. 

More about this deception over on the whazammo.com/sea genus page and on the Porthole Podcasts radio show.

Dan Ash, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Wolf Island, Georgia says "some sea animals have a way of decomposing where they can resemble a prehistoric creature.


Dead perch washing up in Lake Michigan by the thousands

The perch in Lake Michigan may have died from a phenomenon known as "upwelling."
Thousands of dead perch in Lake Michigan raised alarm among fishermen last week.
CBS Chicago reports that anglers found the dead fish at an old dock, a popular local fishing spot. Photos of the scene were then passed on to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for investigation. Meanwhile, gulls and fish-eating ducks quickly devoured the perch, cleaning up the mess.
But though the fish may be gone, the mystery of their deaths remains.
According to WGN, authorities believe a phenomenon known as upwelling, or turnover, may be to blame for the die-off. Upwelling occurs when deep, cold water rises to the surface, displacing the warmer, nutrient-depleted water above. As the cold water ascends, fish are often drawn upward as well, which may explain why the perch surfaced.
Parasites and disease can also cause seasonal fish kills, according to the DNR. upwellings are not necessarily bad, since the cold water is often nutrient-rich and fertilizes the surface water. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources notes, however, that spring upwellings can put additional stresses on fish and kill them if they’re already weakened from a tough winter.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018


Overnight 33 degrees, forecast for 50 degree, AM is clear blue skies full sun, crisp would be the word.                                                     

Remember to check out both of the www.tankaanya.com and www.portholeradio.com websites (which are both now about a heavy 1/2 way reassembled.... and remember the upcoming  
 www.PortholeRadio.com  (all of the full International syndications will not be up and accessible until after mid-April). details on the site.

Saturday, March 17, 2018


Back to rain, and Spring . . .  here is a youtube of So...fea 


For all of you digitals who do not read the local rag, we are just keeping everybody up-to-date !

Local scuttlebutt was confirmed by the Siuslaw Newspaper today, that Dave Huntington has dropped his appointment as a Port of Siuslaw Board Commissioner, to become the new "Interim"-Port Manager, replacing Dina McClure who vacated the position on the 15th March.

If you have not experienced the daily two-boat coast guard drills in the turning basin, you are missing out !
like ballet, or just showing off for us, it is fun and skillful, those boats and skippers are really impressive.

Friday, March 16, 2018


Another Spring day ! sun and warm, no wind, the winter-time log booms were removed, and, we are headed for summer.

Having some real nightmare fun trying to master the new (2018) software for creating audio podcasts or radio programming, way too high a technology level increase from ten or so years ago, and unexpected.

Part of the fun is reconnecting with old friends from 20 years ago... the podcast host company (whooshka) I am going with is Australian and came from a referral in Sydney at Cockatoo Island Drydock & Marine (in the harbor there) who I used to rep for in the 1980's. which led to another podcast tecchi in Melbourne, which has some sponsors wanting in as well.
Looking for old friends, I learned that down in the Lesser Antilles, rising almost a mile up from the ocean floor but still roughly 600 feet below the surface,  between St. Vincent and Grenada is a volcano named Kick 'm Jenny who last erupted in 1965. Thinking there is a an imminent eruption, a five mile "keep out" zone has been placed all around the epicenter. and all boats and ship are advised to stay clear. 

Kick ’em Jenny has erupted at least a dozen times since its first recorded eruption in 1939. which caused a 900′ high ash cloud rising surface. Since then eruptions have been much smaller, but still dangerous as they pump large quantities of volcanic gasses into the water above the volcano, reducing the buoyancy of the sea water.
The loss of the schooner Island Queen in 1944 is the only known maritime loss, 

'On the 5th August 1944, the wooden schooner Island Queen, with over 60 people on board, disappeared between Grenada and St. Vincent. At the time it was thought that a German or allied submarine had torpedoed the boat. These theories, however, cannot easily explain the total lack of debris after the boat’s disappearance. However, if a boat sinks because of lowered water density everything would sink. Kick ’em Jenny had, in fact, erupted the year before (1943) and it is highly likely that it was still actively degassing in 1944, without any signs at the sea surface of such activity'.

Anyway, steer clear of the area, after this year's hurricane, they really needed this ! I recall that there is like a mini-ring-of-fire in the Antilles, and that almost all of the islands are built like lava mushrooms standing on the ocean floor, or, are volacano tops sticking out of the water.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


One hundred years ago (in 1918) the USS Cyclops, an American World War I Navy cargo/troop ship hailed as a “floating coal mine,” should have docked in Baltimore, after a return run from Brazil, with a stop off in Barbados.
Reported to be the Navy’s biggest and fastest refueling ship at the time – the 540-foot long by 65-foot wide steel-hulled ship, with 309 men on board never arrived as scheduled on March 13, 1918, to her Chesapeake Bay berth, and its whereabouts still remain unknown.
Outfitted with 50-caliber machine guns to transport doctors and medical supplies to our American Expeditionary Forces in France during WWl, she was last seen after a 9 day load up of 10,000 tons of manganese ore in Barbados on March 4, 1918.– a denser but 2,500 ton lighter tonnage load  than her usual 12,500 ton coal cargo. 
Photo #: NH 76012  USS South Carolina (Battleship # 26) and USS Cyclops (Fuel Ship # 4)  Experimental coaling at sea while under way in April 1914. Rigging between the two ships was used to transfer two 800-pound bags of coal at a time. The bags were landed on a platform in front of the battleship's forward 12-inch gun turret, and then carried to the bunkers. Original photo is printed on AZO postcard, inscribed on the reverse: This is a picture of us coaling at sea last April. I have put a cross over where I stood. I unhooked bags of coal when they came over. It is raining when this picture was taken. We were out of sight of land off coast of Virginia. The donor, a seaman in South Carolina at the time, comments: it showed that this was possible but a very slow method of refueling. Nothing was heard of the test afterwards. For a view of the card's reverse side, with the quoted inscription, see: Photo # NH 76012-A.  Donation of Earle F. Brookins, 1972.  U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
The USS Cyclops, in the background, transferring bags of coal with the USS South Carolina in 1914.  (US Naval History and Heritage Command)
Built in Philadelphia in 1910, the USS Cyclops was load rated for 12,500 tons of coal and could lift two tons of it in single buckets along cables that ran the length of the ship, after being 30 days late, a headline in the New York Times on April 15, 1918 said "COLLIER  CYCLOPS OVERDUE BY A MONTH', next to a list naming the missing 309 Navy crewmen on board.
Numerous ships tried to locate the collier as she was thought to have possibly been sunk by a German submarine, but, there was no distress call, and nothing from the ship has ever been found (no wreckage, oil slicks or debris), speculation has raged involving the Bermuda Triangle, giant sea creatures and mutinies.
Two months overdue,  in May of 1918, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who then was an Assistant Navy Secretary, announced the Cyclops and all of its crew were presumed lost at sea, resulting in what still remains today, both, the largest loss of life in Navy history (unrelated to combat), and the US Navies only unexplained missing ship.
Marvin Barrash, a great nephew of one of the firemen on the Cyclops, has spent more than a decade researching the ship and believes it could be sitting in the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean (the Puerto Rico Trench), which extends more than 27,000 feet below the surface.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


WOW ! four separate "pods" of seals moved down river this morning (about 500 feet apart), two fours, a three and a six seal set, one was very verbal barking loudly (which is what called my attention to them), I do not know how many passed ahead of them, but quite a great Spring episode right here on the Siuslaw.

Monday, March 12, 2018


“Secrets of A Frozen Ocean” 75 year old, Yngve Kristoffersen, a Norwegian Scientist just won the Best Documentary at the New York City International Film Festival  ,  I posted a page about him on here  earlier (see  28 February).

Spring has sprung ! The puffins arrived yesterday in force... they are peculiar, 50 birds, floating,  then when one dives-they "all" dive ! they did this all or nothing routine all day long.  the buffle heads are back as well, we learned last year that they arrive around the end of February,  two paired seals swam through (another spring omen), so, I am prepping crab pots and working on deck.

Trying real hard to get our first (return of Whazammo radio) podcast up and out there for our one year Anniversary (15 April) of being home ported here in Florence... dunno, we will see.

Full sun, 63 degree no crabbers on the dock weather, really enjoyed yesterday ! today is supposed to be warmer !

Note;  the dock courtesy light on the console (activated last week) began this flickering on Friday night, Sunday morning we awoke to no L1 power (meaning our reefer, main Salon heater, and freezer were off ! unplugged So...fea from the console, and found the L1  source dead !  Also noticed the breaker next to mine on the dock console is unseated and loose (not held in by the panel) .... jiggleing around, I heard a "SNAP" , and L1 became hot again.

Got the dockmaster advised.

Last night 0230 same L1 drop, same repair.  advised and updated  the dock walker this AM, and think they will address it.same snap,

Found some old photos from the 1980's of our earlier boat MV Tactician, Curacao/Ft. Meyers.
There were three of these tuna boats built  at Bayou la Batre, I think this was a sister ship of the three, or, an earlier mast rig version,  but 55 x 17 x 5, steel triple chine, Cummins, when tuna died they added a salon over the old fish deck area (after removing the seine block, boom rigging, brine and holding tanks), I think one was converted to shrimping.

Thursday, March 8, 2018


sail boarding  on the Siuslaw this AM,  48 mph gusts  !

https://youtu.be/I2iVJmNhyNI  vide sent to me from Antigua, take a look !

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


In case you missed this today from Jennifer Earl, fox news;

When British photographer Lara Maiklem heard tens of thousands of sea creatures washed up on a beach near her hometown of Kent, England, over the weekend she had to see the scene for herself. So, she woke her 5-year-old twins in time to catch the tide.
Maiklem described the scene as "shocking" and "sad," but at the same time, she had to admit it was an "incredible" sight. In fact, it was "almost biblical in scale," she added."There were thousands upon thousands of starfish, with crabs, sea urchins, fish and sea anenomies mixed in with them," Maiklem told Fox News. "Someone even found a lobster."
The creatures covered the sandy beach like a thick blanket. Maiklem and her two kids tried to rescue as many fish as they could, tossing them one by one back into the sea
The animals were the victims of a cold spell – what Maiklem called a "beast from the east" – that hit the U.K. last week. Similar scenes were reported down the coast, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, a wildlife conservation charity, said in a news release on Wednesday.
“There was a three degree drop in sea temperature last week which will have caused animals to hunker down and reduce their activity levels," Bex Lynam, North Sea marine advocacy officer for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said in a statement provided to Fox News. "This makes them vulnerable to rough seas – they became dislodged by large waves and washed ashore when the rough weather kicked in."
Crabs, starfish and mussels were "ankle-deep" in some places, though at least two lucky marine species seemed to survive the freeze: lobsters and crabs.
Starfish Deaths 2
Lara Maiklem of Kent, England, shares photos of tens of thousands of sea creatures that washed up on nearby beach.  (Lara Maiklem/SWNS)
“Lobsters and crabs can survive out of water, unlike the majority of the other creatures washed up," Lynam told Fox News. "Also they have a hard exoskeleton, which offers them a certain level of protection when being thrown around by the sea.”
Maiklem said she also found several dead sea birds washed up along the same stretch.
"I understand it is a natural phenomena," Maiklem said. "I'm pleased I went to see it, but I wouldn't like to see it again."
Wildlife officials also hope they won't see a repeat of the disaster.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is working with local fisherman to clear the beach and rescue any remaining species that are still alive.
"This area is very important for shellfish and we work alongside fishermen to promote sustainable fisheries and protect reproductive stocks," Lynam said. "It’s worth saving them so that they can be put back into the sea and continue to breed."
Dr. Lissa Batey, senior living seas officer with The Wildlife Trusts, an organization made up of 47 local wildlife trusts in the U.K., said the government can help the creatures by designating more marine conservation zones.
“We can’t prevent natural disasters like this – but we can mitigate against declining marine life and the problems that humans cause by creating enough protected areas at sea and by ensuring that these sites are large enough and close enough to offer fish, crustaceans, dolphins and other marine life the protection they require to withstand natural events such as this," Batey said in a statement.
Another great reason to visit the whazammo.com Sea genus pages (still being built.