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The Life Aquatic click here)

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Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.

Herman Melville, Moby Dick.

. . . these are the times of dreamy quietude, when beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember, that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang.

Herman Melville, Moby Dick.

"The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides."

Jules Verne, 2000 Leagues under the sea.

"The act of dreaming is important in itself.

If you wish an endless flood of dreams

and the intense desire to make some of them come true.

I wish you love for what should be loved

and forgetting for what should be forgotton"

I wish you passions.

I wish you Silences

I wish you bird song on awakening

and the laughter of children.

I wish you reistance to being swallowed up,

to indiference,

to the negative virtues of our age.

Above all, I wish you to be yourself."

Jacques Brel.

It was the forty-fathom slumber that clears the soul and eye and heart, and sends you to breakfast ravening.

Rudyard Kipling, Captains Courageous.

I am a citizen of the most beautiful nation on earth. A nation whose laws are harsh yet simple, a nation that never cheats, which is immense and without borders, where life is lived in the present. In this limitless nation, this nation of wind, light, and peace, there is no other ruler besides the sea.

Bernard Moitessier, A Sea Vagabonds World.

If you can stay, stay. Leave if you must.

Bernard Moitessier, refering to taking to the call of the sea and leaving for great adventure.


. . . there is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.

Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim.

At last the anchor was up, the sails were set, and off we glided. It was a sharp, cold Christmas; and as the short northern day merged into night, we found ourselves almost broad upon the wintry ocean, whose freezing spray cased us in ice, as in polished armor.

Herman Melville, Moby Dick.


Time and tide will wait for no man, saith the adage. But all men have to wait for time and tide.

Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit.

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it,--but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table.


The question of questions for makind - the problem which undelies all others, and is more deeply interesting than any other - is the ascertainment of the place which man occupies in the nature and of his relations to the universe of things.

Man's place in Nature, H. Thomas Henry Huxley.

So the first biologocal lesson of history is that life is competition is not only the life of trade, it is the trade of life - peaceful when food abounds, violent when the mouths outrun the food. Animals eat one another without qualm; civilized men consume one another by due process of law.

The lessons of history, Will and Ariel Durant.

The codfish lays a thousand eggs

The homely fish lays one.

The codfish never cackles

To tell you what she's done.

And so we scorn the codfish

While the humble hen we prize

Which only goes to show you

That it pays to advertise.

- Anonymous american rhyme.

"People protect what they love."

- Jacques-Yves Cousteau


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One thing that ties all marine biologists together is our love the sea, its life and its systems. Even the hardiest of statistics or industry worn marine biologist couldn't deny this somewhere down the line.

A second reason is that the job does come with a certain ore and wonder; We all at some time enjoy being able to say I am a marine biologist

With this in mind its about time we had some decent t'shirts and ways of celbrating this. Sorry, there are no airbrushed dolphins on this site.

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