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Sea Science

Lightning: The formation and risk to swimmers

Lightning bolts represent a tremendous discharge of electricity: 100-300 million volts and 30,000 amps. Most often, they occur between clouds, but 25 percent …

Chances for lightning strike higher than for major lottery win

Because of severe injuries and death caused by convective (rising warm-air) storms, the National Weather Service has compiled accurate statistics on the …

Water is crucial to survival

Survival at sea is primarily decided by the availability of drinking water. Our body needs to consume roughly one-half gallon of fresh water daily to maintain …

Ocean salinities remain consistent for millions of years

The strong salinity of seawater is known by all, and variations can sometimes be detected by taste. But on the global scale, salinity is remarkably similar …

How to spot a rip current and get past it

More than 100 drownings occur each year in the United States due to rip currents. In Florida, more people are killed annually by rip currents than hurricanes, …

Invisible killer: Electrocution while swimming in your boat slip

People die each year in the U.S. while swimming in fresh water around boats and piers with alternating current (AC) shore power; seven persons in 2012 alone. …

Vast oceans are actually thin layers covering the globe

We all have a mental image of the mighty Atlantic – vast and abyssal with average depth of 2.4 miles and the Puerto Rico Trench exceeding 5 miles. Not …

Mosquito bites may do more than bug you – they can make you sick

Besides being pests, mosquitoes can carry and transmit numerous diseases.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that mosquitoes kill more than …

Atmospheric fronts the driving force behind meteo-tsunamis

Tsunamis are well known for their inundation of coastal regions in the South Pacific, but most Floridian boaters have little concern with this natural process. …

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Editor’s Picks

Crew contracts vital, no guarantee of rights

By Dorie Cox At the start of a new job, many crew are asked to sign a contract that defines wages, scope of work, leave and more. For …

Clearing up a few facts surrounding the M/Y Natita seizure

Clearing up a few facts surrounding the M/Y Natita seizure

By Susan Jobe and Lucy Chabot Reed M/Y Natita, a 217-foot (66m) Oceanco launched in 2005, was seized on July 15 after the owner, Texas …

Creative yacht crew view partial solar eclipse in Florida

Creative yacht crew view partial solar eclipse in Florida

Crew on the M/Y Albula, a 210-foot (64m) Royal Denship explorer yacht docked at Rybovich marina in West Palm Beach, joined the millions of …

Pier 66 owner buys The Sails Marina

Pier 66 owner buys The Sails Marina

By Dorie Cox The company that owns the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 has added The Sails Marina in Fort Lauderdale to its holdings. Tavistock …

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