Yesterday I had an unexpected encounter with the multidisciplinary artist Assaad Awad while he was leading a workshop at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Enamoured by the beautiful tattoos on his arms, an octopus and jellyfish, I asked him if he could tell me why he had chosen these creatures of the sea. In the process he showed a third tattoo that was hidden from sight. Without giving the game away I really do think he is amphibious at heart. Very cool!
The phenomenon known as “last-chance tourism,” has been identified for at least the past decade. It has inspired people to visit climate-imperiled sites like Mount Kilimanjaro, the Great Barrier Reef and the Florida Everglades, experts say, and it has been promoted, at times, to bring tourists to the Arctic. But there is more to the surging Arctic tourism business than climate concerns or morbid curiosity, officials say.
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A commercial LNG tanker has sailed across the colder, northern route from Europe to Asia without the protection of an ice-breaker for the first time. The specially-built ship completed the crossing in just six-and-a-half days setting a new record, according to tanker’s Russian owners.
On Monday, the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long was conducting research in the Norwegian Sea, sailing a back-and-forth path half-way between Bjørnøya and Jan Mayen. It is not known what specific research the vessel is doing in the Norwegian Sea.
VICTORIA STRAIT, Northwest Passage — When the CCGS Amundsen breaks through a 10-foot (or thicker) piece of ice, it rides on top of it first, the whole front of the ship sliding onto the sheet as the boat comes to a stop. Then the ship, 100 yards long and weighing 6,000 tons, crushes down, and its sharp hull splits the ice and pushes the fragments to either side.
Loaded with liquefied gas from Norway’s Snøhvit field, the ice-breaking LNG tanker Christophe de Margerie is making an unescorted voyage across the Northern Sea Route to South Korea.
To recap: I have been spending my time on Hovedøya in my boat for over 8 weeks. During this time I have been monitoring the Pacific oysters (C gigas). Until this summer I have never observed such oysters (or any other oysters) in the six year period of living aboard a boat. My first observations of such oysters in July 2017 were scattered patches of oysters – some smallish, others looking more mature – about 25 of them on the edge of the stoney beach besides my boat. Since then the water has been clouded by sporadic bouts of rain, high winds, higher temperatures causing green sheens of algae, all of which has hidden the underwater world.