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VIDEO: The Lonely Life Of A Swordfish

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A favorite among seafood lovers and prized by sportfish anglers, the swordfish gets its name from its long, broad bill, which it uses to slash and stun prey. Generally a solitary creature, swordfish spend much of their time in the dark, swimming as deep as 1,800 feet during the day and cruising the surface at night.

Given their penchant for the depths and darkness, casual swordfish sightings are relatively rare, and a feeding swordfish is something that’s rarely captured on video. Until now. A lucky group of NOAA scientists recently got a treat while conducting a submersible mission at 1,739 feet when a large swordfish swam into frame and began feeding on a prey item. This video shows the eerie but fascinating scene.

North Atlantic swordfish caught with hand lines, hand-operated, pole-and-line rigs and harpoons are listed as a “Best Choice” by Monterey Bay’s Seafood Watch program. Eating swordfish caught by drifting longlines is best avoided.


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VIDEO: Of Mouse And Mayflower

The Mayflower II, a 1957 reproduction of the original ship that brought Pilgrims to the New World nearly 400 years ago, is undergoing a complete refit at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. Among the upgrades she is receiving are all-new stays for her three masts. This video from the museum shows how a rigger fabricates a mouse — an elaborate work of marlinspike seamanship — for each stay.

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VIDEO: The Art Of The Prop

This video from Yamaha Outboards shows the art and craft of making modern outboard engines and demonstrates the surprisingly ancient techniques used to create cutting-edge propellers.

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VIDEO: A Global Issue

Whether it’s a light switch, the polyester fiber in your comforter or the packaging your fast-food came in, plastic is virtually impossible to avoid in the modern world. And millions of tons of it ends up in our oceans each year. This video from Vice News has more on the crisis and what is being done to combat the problem.

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VIDEO: Mast Hoop Loop-The-Loop

In the golden age of sail, a ship’s sails were attached to the masts with wooden hoops. Today only a few artisans have the tools and know-how to craft sailing tackle for traditionally rigged ships and other vessels. Ralph Johnson is one of them.


The High Cost Of Waiting

At sea during an emergency is the absolute worst time to discover what your life raft is or isn’t packed with, or to figure out how to get in and out of it, writes Mario Vittone in this week’s Lifelines: Safety And Rescue At Sea blog.


VIDEO: King Of The Reef

The Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission is considering opening a limited season via a lottery drawing that would allow 100 fisherman to harvest one goliath grouper per year.

This 30-pound black drum was caught over structure at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

Marching to the beat of a different drum

Late spring brings a chance for Chesapeake Bay anglers to tangle with behemoth black drum