navy minesweepers

Iran has hundreds of naval mines. U.S. Navy minesweepers find old dishwashers and car parts.

As tensions heat up in the Persian Gulf, the Navy’s fleet of minesweepers may once again be called into action, but its sailors say the ships are too old and broken to do the job. “We are essentially the ships that the Navy forgot.”


Jaws — Classic shark adventure film still has bite

37 years ago, Jaws made a star out of director Steven Spielberg and the film itself inspired multitudes of young people to become filmmakers, marine biologists, scientists, artists, writers and even movie critics. The movie is largely responsible for the general public’s fear of sharks and the reduction in shark populations over the past thirty-five years. But it has also led to scientific and public interest in the magnificent sea creatures and has spawned pop culture phenomena such as the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week (celebrating its 25th anniversary this week.)