March 29, 2011

Video: Ten Things I Have Learned About The Sea

Even if you watch just for a minute, I think you’ll find Lorenzo Fonda’s ode oddly captivating:

Seeing these giant containers, it’s funny to think: all this stuff around you–the screen on which you’re reading this, maybe the car you drive, the shirt on your back–it’s all been there, creeping over untold expanses of water.

At one point I planned to join the US Navy. I spent three years in NROTC and generally loved it. Seeing dolphins race ahead of the bow quickens my pulse & takes me down a deep memory hole. The endlessness of the water, the blankness of the horizon, the ceaseless beating paired with beauty (think bioluminescent algae twinkling down the bridge windows after every 13-foot wall of green water)–strange to think of it all again. And strange where life takes us. [Via]

Posted by John Nack at 10:38 AM on March 29, 2011


  • Jeffrey — 1:42 PM on March 29, 2011

    Absolutely mesmerizing. Makes me long for another trans-pacific voyage. Thanks for sharing this John.

  • Bari Tarmon — 12:34 PM on March 30, 2011

    It’s a whole other world, on our world.
    It is a great refocusing breather that everyone should take by watching it. The forced change of pace is a reminder that our lives are but a small portion of the earth experience.

    I have traveled across the Atlantic and Mediterranean Seas and know very well where these points came from.

    I think this is a wonderful film that should be exhibited at different venues including movie theaters.

  • Richard Broom — 1:07 AM on April 04, 2011

    I ran away to sea when I was 16 and became second ‘sparks’ on dep sea salvage tugs. First ship had been called the Alice L Moran out of the US (renamed the Statesman under the Liberian flag). This video brought back many memories (now an old man of 57!). Just sitting in the evening watching the sea go by, the dolphins, the sea birds and the bioluminescence………Ah…nostalgia isn’t what it was.

    A brilliant video for those of us who were in peril on the sea!


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