Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Underwater Stop Motion by Hayley Morris

Monday, May 14, 2012

Ocean Imagery: Instagram Stingrays

Instagram is a great source of all kinds of photos, even ones of marine life, as I've recently discovered. Here are some of my favourites of stingrays (and one whale shark).

I really wish there was a way to easily embed a selection of my Instagram likes right into my blog. Until someone develops that API, command-C and command-P are my best friends.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Ocean Art: Tele-Present Water

This installation draws information from the intensity and movement of the water in a remote location. Wave data is being collected in real-time from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoy Station 46246 (49°59'7" N 145°5'20" W) on the Pacific Ocean. The wave intensity and frequency is scaled and transferred to the mechanical grid structure installed at The National Museum in Wroclaw, Poland. The result was a simulation of the physical effects caused by the movement of water from this distant location.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mechanical Animal Sculptures

Ann Smith, from Providence, RI, creates animal sculptures out of old electronics and machinery. What a great alternative to tossing old electronics in a landfill! Her pieces are innovative, beautiful, and anatomically true to form. I wish you could disassemble them into anatomically correct body parts and see how each animal functions physiologically. My favourites are the jellyfish and the whale.

Mechanical jellyfish

Sea turtle


Another squid, close up


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Bug Memorials and PiƱata Anatomy

This one's unrelated to the ocean, but I like the idea behind Carmichael Collective's Bug Memorials photo series.

While a lavish mini-memorial may be a little extreme, it's not wrong to cherish the life of a bug. Life is the most precious commodity in the universe, and all of its forms deserve respect.

Another one from their web site—pinata anatomy. Now this would have been a fun dissection to do in university.