November 6, 2013 |
Gordon Chaplin felt as though he had come home. There in the library of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - notwithstanding the stern, Victorian visages staring down from the walls - he was surrounded by the stuff of his childhood memories. Fish collected by Chaplin and his father, Charles, from whom he would grow so distant, floated in specimen jars. Drawings from the seminal book of Bahamian fishes written by the elder Chaplin and former Academy curator James Böhlke were on display.
July 27, 2013 |
David Grasso stood at the window of a 19th-story condo in Waterfront Square's Reef Tower, looking out at an old brick building at Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street. When Grasso was 15, his father, Michael, dragooned him into a summer rehab of that building, a 19th-century grain warehouse, into offices. The ground floor was for many years a club called Egypt, which Grasso managed while he was in college. Back then, he recalled, he would look out the warehouse windows, watching the sun rise above 91/2 acres of derelict waterfront at the north edge of Penn's Landing.
July 23, 2013 |
CANBERRA, Australi a - Two U.S. fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last week when a training exercise went wrong, the U.S. Navy said, angering environmentalists. The two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard each jettisoned an inert practice bomb and an unarmed laser-guided explosive bomb into the World Heritage-listed marine park off the coast of Queensland state on Tuesday, the U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement Saturday.
July 17, 2013 |
GIGLIO, Italy - Salvage crews are working against time to remove the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship, which is steadily being crushed under its own weight on its granite seabed off the Tuscan island of Giglio. Officials said Monday that if this attempt fails, there won't be a second chance. Nick Sloane, the leader of the operation, said the Concordia has compressed about 10 feet since it came to rest on the rocks Jan. 13, 2012, after ramming a jagged reef during a publicity stunt allegedly ordered by the captain; 32 people were killed.
March 23, 2013 |
TRENTON - New Jersey plans to create an artificial fishing reef north of Barnegat Inlet exclusively for recreational fishermen. It's the result of a compromise announced Thursday by the Department of Environmental Protection in a dispute between recreational and commercial fishing interests over access to artificial reefs. Commercial fishermen will have continued access to portions of the two existing reefs in state waters, off Sandy Hook and Manasquan. But a debate continues on who should have access to 13 reefs in federal waters off New Jersey, with the state seeking to bar commercial gear even there.
March 3, 2013 |
ORACABESSA BAY, Jamaica - Mats of algae and seaweed have shrouded the once-thick coral in shallow reefs off Jamaica's north coast. Warm ocean waters have bleached out the coral, and in a cascade of ecological decline, the sea urchins and plant-eating reef fish have mostly vanished, replaced by snails and worms that bore through coral skeletons. Now, off the shores of Jamaica, as well as in Caribbean islands from Bonaire to St. Croix, conservationists are planting fast-growing coral species to try and turn things around by "seeding" reefs.
January 4, 2013
DANCE, DANCE Muy salsa Accomplish three resolutions in one night at the Painted Bride: Learn to salsa, catch live music and burn calories. Salsa Caliente celebrates the Three Kings with two Latin big bands and a dance lesson an hour before they go on. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., lesson at 8 p.m., bands at 9 p.m. Friday, $25, 215-925-9914, paintedbride.org. MUSIC Yes, you can Fulfill those New Year's resolutions with Willpowerless, offering hard-rocking exhortations like "Drop the b-s, it's time for the here and now. " With Prospect Hill, Awake at Last, Polar Ice Cap. North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 9 p.m. Friday, $15, 215-787-0488, www.northstarbar.com . Wit or witout The Barbary's most banging party teams up with one of the city's best rappers, when Reef the Lost Cauze celebrates the release of his new album, "Reef the Lost Cauze is Dead," at the Bounce, a monthly party hosted by DJ duo Emynd and Bo Bliz.
September 1, 2012 |
Marine biologist Chris Wojcik spent months building a 46-foot horseshoe crab replica, meant to function as an artificial reef off the New Jersey coast. The plan Thursday was to sink the anatomically proportionate concrete sculpture - and the 50-foot barge to which it was bolted - three miles east of Mantoloking in Ocean County. The work would rest on the ocean floor, providing an environment for lobsters, fish, and about 150 other species, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection, which gave the operation its approval.
March 11, 2012 |
ROME - The crew of an Italian tanker was evacuated by helicopter Saturday after the ship ran aground off Sicily in storm-tossed seas and took on water in its engine room. The Italian coast guard said all aboard were plucked to safety, despite fierce gusts of wind and rain. The Gelso M., with an all-Italian crew, was caught on a reef near the port town of Syracuse, on the island's southeast coast. The ship had come to rest at such an angle that it was impossible to lower lifeboats or for rescue vessels to approach, the coast guard said.
February 12, 2012 |
WESTERLY, R.I. - For two centuries it rested a mile from shore, shrouded by a treacherous reef from the pleasure boaters and beachgoers who haunt New England's southern coast. Now, researchers from the U.S. Navy are hoping to confirm what the men who discovered the wreck believe: that the sunken ship off the coast of Rhode Island is the USS Revenge, commanded by Oliver Hazard Perry and lost on a stormy January day in 1811. "The Revenge was forgotten. It became a footnote," said Charlie Buffum, a brewery owner from Stonington, Conn., who found the shipwreck while diving with friend Craig Harger.