I fish. I don’t always catch, but I certainly like to fish. And the National Geographic channel has a new show on tuna fishing called, what else, Wicked Tuna. Week after week, we get to follow the Captains of various boats as they go out past the Massachusetts coast in search of bluefun tuna:
Fishing is a hard life, and harder with bluefin stocks depleted. In Gloucester, Massachusetts, there’s a special breed of fishermen. For generations they’ve used rod and reel to catch the elusive bluefin tuna.
The Tuna.com crew- Deckhand Sandro Maniaci, Captain and Owner Dave Carraro, and First Mate Paul Hebert, Wicked Tuna on Nat Geo
They depend on these fish for their livelihood, and the competition is brutal.
Over the next 10 weeks, the most skilled fishermen will set out in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic in hopes of catching the valuable bluefin tuna. When one bluefin can bring in as much as $20,000—they’ll do whatever it takes to hook up.
It’s a good show. If you are a Survivor fan, you might think that Boston Rob may be related to Captain Dave Marciano of the Hard Merchandise boat. Except Rob’s last name is Mariano. Not Marciano. But they talk exactly the same! All wicked this and piss-ahs.
You have seen a Navy combo cover, right? Here is one, an officer’s:
Naval Officer’s Cover
Notice that little gold band thing-ee? I have heard it called a chin strap. (Chin-strap or chinstrap?) Here it is alone:
By the Hairs of your chinny chin chinstrap
And supposedly, the chinstrap can be lowered and worn under the chin. I could be totally wrong with this, but I have seen pictures of it being done. (Or maybe it is against regs?) Here is an Army cover with a worn chinstrap:
SGT Silent, US Army
The above Soldier looks awfully familiar. Although, I can’t place his name.
So what’s up with the chinstrap? Simple:
In a sea of black and white penguins waddling on Antarctica’s Aitcho Islands, National Geographic Explorers spotted an extremely rare, nearly all-white Chinstrap penguin this week.
Rare White Albino Chinstrap Penguin, Antarctica
Neat huh? He, too, looks like an Army Soldier I once knew.
But that is not the only story with the faintest whiff of Navy to it.
Apparently our Fifth Fleet bubbas are using dolphins to police the old Hormuz:
If Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz, the U.S. Navy has a backup plan to save one-fifth of the world’s daily oil trade: send in the dolphins.
US Navy Petty Officers training dolphins for the Strait of Hormuz
Word amongst those in the know is that the dolphins ask for “three hots and a cod.”
Be careful when talking about Navy Dolphins, because the Enlisted Submarine Warfare pin is also referred to as Dolphins:
US Navy Enlisted Submarine Warfare Pin
Two uniform pieces, two animal stories.
Where else are you going to get such cutting-edge reporting?