Inland Sea


At the Brazilian-themed Washuzan Highland Park in Kurashiki, Japan, you will find the Sky Cycle, a pedal powered roller coaster that lets you soak in the panoramic views of the surrounding Seto Inland Sea.

Located over 4 stories above ground (about 50 ft or 16 m), the open air carts and lack of guard rails may give some riders pause, but the apparent lack of safety features and noticeable rust perhaps add to the excitement? (Source)

The pristine, aqua-colored water of Lake Superior has returned with the departure of the ice. Here was the view yesterday afternoon along the rocky shoreline at the Presque Isle park in Marquette, MI. The water may look warm but looks can be deceiving. At 37 degrees, we have a long ways to go for tolerable swimming. Photo taken 4/27/15.

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The Top 10 Most Venomous Snakes on the Planet

Based on Subcutaneous LD50

This list serves to dispel myths surrounding the true top 10 most venomous snakes on the planet. Some regularly included snakes, such as the Black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) and the King cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) wouldn’t even make it in the top 20 or 30 based on Subcutaneous LD50. Their LD50′s are 0.32 mg/kg and 1.09 mg/kg respectively. The weakest venom on this list is still three times more powerful than the black mamba. SO WITHOUT FURTHER DO, here is the list for the TOP 10 MOST VENOMOUS SNAKES ON THE PLANET.

10. Beaked Sea Snake, Enhydrina schistosa (LD50: 0.1125 mg/kg)


9. Slender-necked Sea Snake, Hydrophis melanocephalus (LD50: 0.111 mg/kg)

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8. Black-banded Sea Snake, Hydrophis melanosoma (LD50: 0.111 mg/kg)


7. Many Banded Krait, Bungarus multicinctus (LD50: 0.108 mg/kg)


6. Coastal Taipan, Oxyuranus scutellatus (LD50: 0.106 mg/kg)


5. Horned Sea Snake, Acalyptophis peronii (LD50: 0.079 mg/kg)


4. Yellow-bellied Sea Snake, Pelamis platura (LD50: 0.067 mg/kg)


3. Eastern Brown Snake, Pseudonaja textilis (LD50: 0.053 mg/kg)


2. Dubois’ Sea Snake, Aipysurus duboisii (LD50: 0.044 mg/kg)


1. Inland Taipan, Oxyuranus microlepidotus (LD50: 0.025 mg/kg)


Charlie Mayfair @ The Troubadour

Rave Magazine issue 17 August 2010:

Charlie Mayfair / Montpelier / Inland Sea

The Troubadour - Sun Aug 15

With 10 members in total and a three-girl choir, Inland Sea are Brisbane’s answer to Cuthbert & The Nightwalkers, but with more folk and ukulele. Apparently one of the members got drunk instead of writing a set-list so the band gets the audience to pick song names out of a hat. If this little gem of audience participation doesn’t win the crowd over, their endearing folk-pop tunes certainly do.

Next are Montpelier, who play a tight set filled with accessible and commercially friendly rock. While the format is not new, they are compelling to watch and the keys do well to contrast the soaring melodies and heavy drums.

Charlie Mayfair’s songs are simple and filled with harmonies so sunny they make you want to frolic in the park. Hannah Shepherd is a charming frontwoman with an amazing vocal range but tonight it is all about backing vocalist Sammy George-Allen who is leaving the band to go overseas. George-Allen is given liberty to play her own song, stumbling through a cutesy ukulele number. It’s an emotional moment and there are definitely a few teary eyes before the end of the night.


Golden Jellyfish | Mastigias

“Located on an uninhabited rock island off the coast of Koror in Palau, Jellyfish Lake is one of 70 saltwater lakes on this South Pacific archipelago that were once connected to the ocean, but are now cut off.

The isolated lakes became the perfect setting for a jellyfish explosion, which some speculate were trapped in the lake 12,000 years ago after a rise in sea levels post-Ice Age. Feeding on quick-growing algae and with no predators to keep them in check, the jellyfish now completely pack the small lake. Though the jellyfish do have stingers, they are too small to be felt by humans." -

(by sharkdefenders)