Quick Reads

    Book Review: The Fish Market
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    The complex story of sustainable seafood and the systems that make it possible.

    The Mystery of the 19th-Century Maine Marine Monster
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    Before cameras and submersibles were commonplace, scientists had to rely on fishermen for intel on ocean creatures.

    The Origins of Ghana’s Iconic Black Star Line
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    The focal point of the African nation’s flag was inspired by the name of its first shipping line.

    Book Review: Seawomen of Iceland
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    For centuries, Icelandic women have been some of the world’s hardiest, and hardest-working, fishing captains. Anthropologist Margaret Willson...

    Why Is the Sea Salty?
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    From pissed off giantesses to a pissing cockroach, folk tales and myths offer some creative explanations.

    Book Review: The Tide and Tides
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    Two sweeping studies mingle science and cultural history to illuminate the enduring power of the sea.

    Claiming a Slice of Ice with the Help of Some Stamps
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    Sixty years ago, a humble post office helped New Zealand stake a claim in Antarctica.

    The Hunter’s Designer Shades
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    Yup’ik hunters wore visors decorated with beautiful charms and designs.

    Book Review: An Intimate Wilderness
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    In his memoir, Norman Hallendy recounts his journeys—spanning almost 50 years—with the people and landscape of Canada’s Arctic.

    The Secret Language of Salmon Skin Coats
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    From keeping one dry to securing a life partner, these ancient garments served many purposes.

    Santa Claus Is Coming to Port
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    Before he was seasonal, he was seagoing.

    Book Review: Venomous
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    Sea creatures of our nightmares come alive in a biologist’s exploration of the power of their poison.

    In South Africa, Colonialism Was Written on Stone
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    An ocher painting of a ship from the early 18th century serves as a visual reminder of the clash between indigenous peoples and settlers.

    He’s Got the Whole Coast in His Hand
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    One-of-a-kind handheld maps of Greenland are an early example of the intimate relationship the Inuit have with their landscape.

    Five Fishy Cases of Seafood Fraud
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    Fancy some fake caviar, imaginary fish, and sushi made from an endangered species?

    The Dark Side of Lighthouses
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    Mouthfuls of molten lead, wild weather, and insanity: the occupational hazards of an early lighthouse keeper.

    Book Review: How to Read Water
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    A poetic treatise on the art of natural navigation.

    Book Review: Finding Franklin
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    Teasing the fate of Sir John Franklin’s expedition from the frozen Arctic has been an obsession of searchers since 1854.

    The Unexpected Discovery of Anaphylaxis
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    How the sting of the Portuguese man-of-war led to one of the most significant medical advances rooted in oceanographic work.

    The Ugly Mermaid
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    Long before Mary Shelley dreamed up Frankenstein, Japanese fishermen were cobbling together the ugliest mermaid monsters you’ll ever see.

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