Sailing Magazine - Nautical Naturalist Mon, 15 Aug 22 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 The well hung barnacle Barnacles are found on every saltwater pier the world over. There are over 1000 species of barnacle, largest barnacle species are 7-centimeters long. Barnacles may be small, but they have one of the largest penis-to-body ratios of all animals. It seems backwards,but barnacles were named after the Barnacle Goose, an arctic-dwelling bird. ...]]> Nautical Naturalist - wave riders Pacific bottlenosed dolphins riding bow waves is a common sight. Dolphins also ride ocean swells and the wakes of large whales. All that riding starts young. Mother dolphins can't carry their babies, so the little ones swim easy in their mother dolphin's slip stream. K-Dog, a bottle-nose dolphin leaps out of the water in front Sgt. Andrew Garrett while training near the USS Gunston Hall (LSD 4...]]> Nautical Naturalist - The humpback Whalers named humpback whales for the blubber stored in a pronounced bump in front of their dorsal fin.Most of us recognize humpbacks by their long, winglike pectoral fins and their distinct throat grooves they use to expand their throat during feeding.Humpbacks like the waters around Hawaii, and their songs, produced in their nasal cavity, can travel nearly half the distance between Honolulu and ...]]>