The Ocean Calls

Water covers 71 percent of our planet, and even though there’s so much we don’t know about it, there's something about the sea that draws us in

The Deep Blue
One Man's Wild Quest to Reach the Bottom of Every Ocean
Oct 22, 2019

One Man's Wild Quest to Reach the Bottom of Every Ocean

Multimillionaire Victor Vescovo committed himself to one of the world’s craziest remaining adventure quests: to reach the deepest points in every ocean. What does it take to get there? A radically high-tech, $30 million Triton submersible, a team of crack engineers and scientists, and one very gonzo explorer.
How Cheap Robots Are Transforming Ocean Exploration
Nov 5, 2019

How Cheap Robots Are Transforming Ocean Exploration

Backed by billionaire philanthropists and Silicon Valley venture capitalists, a wave of entrepreneurs are developing high-tech, low-cost technologies to probe the watery realms we still barely understand. Are the oceans finally getting their moon-shot moment?
An Epic Ocean Plastics Field Trip for Corporate Executives
Aug 8, 2019

An Epic Ocean Plastics Field Trip for Corporate Executives

Recycling is broken. The oceans are trashed. As the plastics crisis spirals out of control, an unlikely collection of executives and environmentalists set sail for the North Atlantic Gyre in a desperate attempt to find common ground.
My Father's SOS—From the Middle of the Sea
Nov 12, 2018

My Father's SOS—From the Middle of the Sea

Richard Carr, a retired psychologist who had long dreamed of sailing around the world, was in the middle of the Pacific when he started sending frantic messages that said pirates were boarding his boat. Two thousand miles away in Los Angeles, his family woke up to a nightmare: he might be dying alone, and there was almost nothing they could do about it.
My Badass Family Vacation Swimming in the Open Sea
Jul 2, 2019

My Badass Family Vacation Swimming in the Open Sea

Like the rest of us, Tom Vanderbilt was dreaming of a new kind of vacation. He wanted adventure and a physical challenge, but also a trip that would appeal to his wife and young daughter. The answer: swimming in the open ocean, day after wet, wild day.
Sea Life
How Sailing Prepared Me for Sheltering in Place
Mar 29, 2020

How Sailing Prepared Me for Sheltering in Place

While a sailing trip is undoubtedly less stressful than the current times, crossing the Atlantic with three other people taught me some important lessons for lockdown
What Happens When You Teach a Cowboy to Sail
Mar 7, 2019

What Happens When You Teach a Cowboy to Sail

Can a relationship survive a grand adventure? That’s a question neither partner thought to ask when She got the bright idea to refit an old sailboat while He was dreaming of life on the range. A he-said-she-said tale of a voyage that somehow managed to avoid the rocks.
Why Can't Anyone Agree on How to Survive Rip Currents?
Jun 22, 2016

Why Can't Anyone Agree on How to Survive Rip Currents?

About 100 people in the U.S. drown after being sucked out to sea in rips each year, and new research has experts arguing over how best to escape them. Australia has figured it out, why haven’t we?
Inside the Fatal Boat Fire That Devastated the Diving Community
Feb 26, 2020

Inside the Fatal Boat Fire That Devastated the Diving Community

On Labor Day weekend 2019, the 'Conception' left Santa Barbara, California, for a diving trip to the Channel Islands. Six months later, authorities are still trying to determine how what should have been a routine excursion became one of the deadliest maritime disasters in U.S. history.
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