31 March 2022

“So, if the middle of the ocean is a desert, what do the tuna eat?” I was talking to a group of young people for the UK’s Potential Plus program for gifted kids. It was a great question If you happen to be herding schools of tuna through the South Pacific gyre, and a large…

28 February 2022

You are on a raft, drifting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The rippling surface surrounds you, stretching in every direction to the horizon. There is nothing but salt water and an empty sky. This desolation also extends below you. That is because once you move away from the coasts of the continents, there…

18 February 2022

Tuna are built for speed. With a sleek stream-lined silhouette and powerful muscles, they slice through the water at speeds up to 50 mph. A mature tuna can be up to 3 meters from mouth to tip of tail, and some weigh in over 600kg – heavier than a horse. Even as they dart through…

2 February 2022

It was 1964 and my 12-year-old self waited in line to see the new documentary by Jacques Cousteau, World without Sun. I was enthralled. Men living on the sea floor – aquanauts. Cooler still was the ‘diving saucer’ which looked like an underwater space vehicle. I loved everything about the film and read up on…