Watson and the Shark, by John Singleton Copley, 1778.

Watson and the Shark, by John Singleton Copley, 1778. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

The Sea

Volume VI, Number 3 | summer 2013


Water World

From radioactive waste to underwater cables, the world under the sea.



“Ten dolphins are now being trained for special tasks in the Ukrainian state oceanarium, and the Ukrainian military are regularly training the animals for detecting things on the seabed,” a military official told a Russian newspaper in 2012. The source went on to say that some dolphins would be trained to combat enemy swimmers, using special knives or pistols affixed to their heads. The Ukrainian Defense Ministy later denied the program’s existence.

What will not attract a man’s stare at sea?—a gull, a turtle, a flying fish!

—Richard Burton, 1883


A Galvanized Corpse.


Epidermal Macabre


At least four people would like to own Charles Manson’s remains.


Jesse James keeps getting reburied and fought over.


The World in Time

Eric Foner

Lewis H. Lapham talks with Eric Foner, author of Battles for Freedom: The Use and Abuse of American History. More