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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 09:33 AM
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I learned a new word today. Pelagic. P-E-L-A-G-I-C.
It means that which is found in open ocean away from land.

Learned it in reference to a Little Auk (related to puffin and not unlike a penguin) that was found stranded in our area due to a storm last week.

I love learning new words.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 09:34 AM
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1. Among birding circles, it's a common word
used also to describe a trip to look for said pelagic species.

"I am going on a pelagic this weekend." :D
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 09:37 AM
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2. that is great information. Thanks!
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Schema Thing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 09:57 AM
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3. etymology


from Pirates who lost their peg-leg and found it floating in the ocean with a bird perched thereon.

struth.
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Frank Cannon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 01:29 PM
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6. I figured it was from the Greek "pelagos" for sea
The same root as the word archipelago. :shrug:
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driver8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 10:56 AM
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4. Hey, a FB friend of mine from Long Island found an Auk after a storm about a week ago.
I wonder if it's the same bird!
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 03:25 PM
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8. the guy who made the local paper works at a fitness center.
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Frank Cannon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 01:26 PM
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5. Weird. I heard this exact same word for the very first time last night.
On an Australian shortwave program at about 3:00 in the morning. The program was about Polynesian "wayfinders" who navigate boats thousands of miles with no navigational aids whatsoever.

Weird.
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 03:26 PM
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9. I studies anthropology. Some of those indigenous mariners who boat where there're island chains
can use the interference patterns in the water ripples.
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Frank Cannon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 03:46 PM
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10. They described all of the things those guys used instead of compasses, etc.
From the directions that different types of birds were flying, the locations of various stars in the sky, cloud formations, size and shape of the waves they encountered... And their navigation was all by dead reckoning; they could only keep track of where they started and EVERYTHING that had happened over hundreds, even thousands, of miles. The wayfinders literally couldn't sleep for hours, even days, to stay on top of all of it and make sure they got to where they were going.

It was really a great lecture. I was actually glad to have insomnia! (And a shortwave radio.)
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 01:38 PM
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7. Oh, like the tanker whose front fell off.
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 03:50 PM
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11. "I shouldn't have eaten that chili. My pelagic is acting up."
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