Tag Archive: Gulf of Mexico

Captain Catches Rare Goblin Shark Off Key West







” A boat captain got a startling surprise when he caught a rare shark off the coast of Key West last month.

  Captain Carl Moore had caught a rare goblin shark while trying to catch shrimp. Moore later released the shark back into the ocean.”











Massive Sinkhole And Gas Leak Threaten To Swallow Louisiana Town Of Bayou Corne



” Bayou Corne, Louisiana: It was nearly 16 months ago that Dennis P. Landry and his wife, Pat, on a leisurely cruise in their Starcraft pontoon boat, first noticed a froth of bubbles issuing from the depths of Bayou Corne, an idyllic, cypress-draped stream that meanders through swampy southern Louisiana.

Just over two months later, in the pre-dawn blackness of August 3, 2012, the earth opened up — a voracious maw 100 metres across and hundreds of metres deep, swallowing 30-metre trees, guzzling water from adjacent swamps and belching methane from a thousand feet or more beneath the surface.

More than a year after it appeared, the Bayou Corne sinkhole is about 25 acres and still growing, almost as big as 20 football fields, lazily biting off chunks of forest and creeping hungrily toward an earthen berm built to contain its oily waters.”



” It has its own Facebook page and its own groupies, conspiracy theorists who insist the pit is somehow linked to the Gulf of Mexico 80 kilometres south and the earthquake-prone New Madrid fault 724 kilometres north.

It has confounded geologists who have struggled to explain this scar in the earth.

And it has split this unincorporated hamlet of about 300 people into two camps: the hopeful, like Mr Landry, who believe that things will eventually settle down, and the despairing, who have mostly fled or plan to, and blame their misery on state and corporate officials.”


   What to say about sinkholes ? They are becoming more and more common and without any reasonable explanations that we know of . Manmade disasters in the making or natural phenomena ? A sign from God ?









Confirmed: Apollo 11 Rocket Engine Recovered from the Sea


” Amazon’s Jeff Bezos says his team has confirmed that relics they recovered in Gulf of Mexico this March are indeed rocket engines and engine parts from the Apollo 11 moon landing mission.

  “One of the conservators who was scanning the objects with a black light and a special lens filter has made a breakthrough discovery – “2044” – stenciled in black paint on the side of one of the massive thrust chambers. 2044 is the Rocketdyne serial number that correlates to NASA number 6044, which is the serial number for F-1 Engine #5 from Apollo 11.” ”


50-Foot Giant Oarfish Filmed In Habitat For The First Time




” Marine biologists at Louisiana State University have released the first ever video of a living and healthy giant oarfish, also known as king of herrings, in its natural deep sea habitat. 

The giant oarfishRegalecus glesne (family: Regalecidae), is the longest bony fish. It may reach up 15 meters (49 feet).

Because they live in deep sea, observations of them in the wild are rare. It is believed that the serpent-like creatures, like the giant squid, are behind myths and legends by ancient sailors about sea monsters, serpents and dragons that attack ships and sailors at sea.”


Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/351879#ixzz2VoKjAzYo







Fishermen Reel In Massive Swordfish, Expected To Be Biggest Ever In Texas






” A group of fishermen have got quite a tale to tell and possibly bragging rights for a record catch!

It could be a new state record — a massive fish weighing in at nearly 500 pounds was pulled out of the Gulf of Mexico this week.

“This is the biggest one that we’ve caught here in the Gulf of Mexico,” boat captain Jeff Wilson said. “It was 500 the day before but we had to ice it and bring it in and it loses weight during that process.”

The crew aboard the Booby Trap sport fishing boat caught what may turn out to be the largest recorded swordfish ever caught in the state. A fisherman named Brian Barclay was holding the lucky rod. The fish measured 107 inches and weighed 493 pounds. The previous record is 341 pounds and 124 inches, set back in January 2011. And as you might imagine, this swordfish put up one heck of a fight.”







Treasure Found Aboard Sunken Ship in Gulf of Mexico



” Deep-sea divers have just made the find of a lifetime. A ship that is believed to have sunk almost 400 years ago, has a bounty of treasure on board. Located a quarter mile deep on the bottom of the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico, the sunken ship is believed to be the Buen Jesus y Nuestra Senora del Rosario. The ship was part of a Spanish fleet of 28 ships, eight of which met their demise on September 5, 1622, during a hurricane.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the find are the more than 17,000 pieces of real-life treasure. There were 39 bars of gold, ceramic jars, jewels, precious stones, silver coins, and even a device that was used to navigate the ship by the stars

The shipwreck and its contents were found by Odyssey Marine Exploration, a company that specializes in locating long-lost deep-sea artifacts. Odyssey’s president, Greg Stemm, said of the Spanish treasure, “this is the major find of our time.” “






HT/ Guy Harvey


Continental Drifter III


Jimmy Buffett’s 124′ yacht, Continental Drifter III, is now available for charter! Asking price – $65,000 per week (plus expenses)! Check out this video tour by the vessel’s owner, Capt. Jimmy:


Meet The Versabar 10000 Oil Rig Retriever 



” Some of you might be asking: “Why would anyone come up with something so huge?” Well consider this. It takes a team of divers several months to cut apart a downed oil platform, lift it up to the surface piece-by-piece, and transport to land. VB 10000 can to the same task in just a few hours and for a quarter of the price. ”


What A Monster 




Watch the Versabar Salvage the Unsalvageable


” Salvaging a downed oil platform takes months, as a team of divers cuts apart the rig and a derrick hauls each piece to the surface. The VB10000 can remove an entire rig in a few hours, for a quarter of the price. Last fall, Versabar’s $100-million monster completed its first lift off the coast of Louisiana.

Divers connected hooks to the platform trusses, cut the platform legs away, and four hoists picked the whole thing up. About as wide as a football field and as tall as a 25-story building, the VB10000 is desperately needed—U.S. regulators have identified 1,800 rigs that must be removed within 10 years.

Read more about the Versabar and the company’s founder, Jon Khachaturian, in our profile. “



HT/ Sport Fishing Magazine

” Russian attack submarine sailed in Gulf of Mexico undetected for
weeks, U.S. officials say”

” Of the submarine activity, Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), member of the Senate Armed Services.Committee, said, “It’s a confounding situation arising
from a lack of leadership in our dealings with Moscow. While the president is touting our supposed ‘reset’ in relations with Russia, Vladimir Putin is actively working against American interests,
whether it’s in Syria or here in our own backyard.” “