north atlantic sea

Eventually the wind swung round to the north and the mist lifted, at least until the wind changed again… Algy was so relieved to see some light and colour in the world once more that he flew straight down to the sea and found himself a perch on a rock where the tide was washing in. The world looked entirely different on a fine day, and Algy couldn’t help wishing that it would be fine just a wee bit more often… But there was little he could do to influence the weather, so he decided to make the most of the sunshine while it lasted, even though the wind was still decidedly cool.


“Chocolate Chip Sea Cucumber” (Isostrichopus badionotus)

Also known as the Cookie Dough Sea Cucumber, the chocolate chip sea cucumber is a species of Stichopodid sea cucumber which is commonly encountered throughout the western Atlantic Ocean, occurring from North Carolina to the Caribbean and south to Brazil, individuals also occur in western-central Africa. Chocolate chip sea cucumbers typically occur in shallow waters with a wide variety of substrates (sand, mud, rock, etc..). Like most sea cucumbers, I. badionotus is a detritivore combing the sea floor for any detritus it encounters. 


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Images: Hans Hillewaert and Iaszlo-photo


Keiss Castle, Scotland by near the lighthouse
Via Flickr:
We made it to North of Scotland to explore NorthCoast500 route! Stay tuned, exciting times ahead!


Dovekie (Alle alle)

Also known as the Little Auk, the Dovekie is a small species of Auk (Alcidae) which breeds on coastal mountainsides in the North Atlantic, and the North Sea. Like other auks, dovekies spend most of their time out at sea where they will feed on small fish, crustaceans, and other invertebrates by diving. 

Although dovekies are listed as Least Concern, their populations are currently decreasing. This is though to be due to climate change. 


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Images: Michael Haferkamp and MPF

Kalsoy is a long and narrow island in  the Faroe Islands set. The island has 11 valleys and the landscape changes significantly farther south you go. The Faroe Islands are an archipelago between the North Atlantic and the Norwegian Sea,about halfway between Norway and Iceland.

Photo by @ananya.ray via Instagram

anonymous asked:

Did Wei or Wu ever tried attacking each other through the East China Sea? If not, why?

Naval warfare wasn’t really a part of Han culture.

Han warships were built for riverine warfare. They were designed to protect the crossings of rivers - ram-ships to intercept those crossing, tower-ships for support. The kind of technology needed for a seaborn assault simply didn’t exist in Han culture.

European culture and warfare developed influenced by seas and oceans. The Mediterranean, the Aegean, the Adriatic, the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean. Naval warfare was necessary for survival. The great states of ancient Europe were thalassocratic. Han culture grew up along the Yellow River and was always riverine and terrestrial. Their enemies and great powers were terrestrial. The need for seaborn warriors never developed.

There were merchant ships, of course. While these could theoretically have been outfitted for war, it would have taken great time, expense, and expertise that didn’t really exist. And while there were a few seaports along the cost of Eastern China, there was nothing that would be suitable as the starting point of an invasion or campaign. Even if there had been, the technology to successfully capture and hold it didn’t exist. Even had that technology been adapted, the logistical support required to maintain an invasion by sea would have been a nightmare.

There were still a handful of naval expeditions, but no major campaigns were ever attempted by sea. That simply wasn’t how the Han people made war.


HTTYD Ship Week 7:  Hictooth (bromance)

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Summary: Hiccup finds himself with a minor injury that Toothless insists on caring for.  Hitchups!complaint.

“Oh, oh, gross–ah!

Hiccup clenched his teeth and thumped a fist against the ground.  He would rather have his back–not his chest–pressed against the moist, forest dirt than leave it open and subject to Toothless’s tongue.

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