It is hard to believe it is December already, but here we are with the first Friday Smorgasbord on December. We’ve been a bit light on the Smorgi posts of late as I’ve been taking care of our new little “frag” at home. But we’re back in a routine and am back in front of the computer with this week’s addition featuring printed coral, stunning wave pics, Pluto’s oceans and a new Animal Planet series.
Cousteau to “Print” Coral
Using 3D printing for reefs is nothing new, but Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of a famous oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, is starting a project on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, near the coast of Venezuela where they will use 3D printing to make artificial reefs from the same minerals which form the natural reefs.
[via The Network]
Lloyd Meudell has a daily routine of watching the curves of the ocean in the early hours of the morning and capturing stunning images. Based in the small coastal town of Kiama, Australia, Lloyd has a knack of capturing the wave when the light and swell combine to making a stunning image. Hands down, Lloyd knows how to capture the many moods of the ocean on offer.
Frag Trip to Pluto?
Scientists have discovered an ocean underneath the heart of Pluto. Sure this subsurface ocean pretty much is made up of ammonia, is extremely cold, salty and in the words of one of the researchers that discovered it, “It’s no place for germs, much less fish or squid, or any life as we know it, but … it raises the question of whether some truly novel life forms could exist in these exotic, cold liquids.” How about them apples?
[Read more at Phys.org]
Ocean Warriors Fighting a Good Cause
Animal Planet has a new series “Ocean Warriors” to reveal the crime and violence that often go unpunished in international waters. “Ocean Warriors” features stories including going along as a Greenpeace crew boarding tuna vessels in the Pacific Ocean or investigations into human rights and labor abuses at sea. It is a six-hour series debuting on Dec. 4 that takes viewers to the front lines of the battle to save the world’s oceans.