Don’t just bring it,
While the West is
shortages (see story
on page 16) there
is some better news
coming from the
Great Lakes region.
Following a record
in January 2013,
Your genes determine whether your eyes are brown, blue, or green – and maybe whether you turn green on deck as well. The genetics company 23andMe, mak- ers of popular home genetic-testing kits, recently conducted a study that may shed light on why some of us are more susceptible to mal de mer than others.
It’s thought that seasickness, a kind of motion sickness experienced on the water, is caused
by our eyes and inner ears sending conflicting information to our brain. Your inner ear feels
you rolling side to side in a beam sea, but your eyes see you standing relatively level with
the deck. An alternative theory suggests that while standing, we’re constantly making tiny,
almost imperceptible, corrections to our posture to keep our balance, even on flat ground.
Vigorous and unpredictable motion, such as we experience when aboard a boat in rough seas, disrupts these
corrections and leads to our queasiness.
Unintentional chumming aside, the research did
find associations between genes that govern eye and ear
development as well as balance and susceptibility to
seasickness. Variations in these genes may explain why
some of us are more prone than others. Still, if you’re
the type that turns green in anything more than a gentle breeze, there may be a ray of hope on the horizon:
you could grow out of it. Motion sickness is less common in people over 50, possibly because our inner-ear
function decreases as we age. — MICHAEL VATALAO
That’s A Lot
Of Fish To Fry
Italian fisherman Dino Ferrari may
have set a record for the largest
wels catfish taken by rod and reel
when he caught this 280-pounder
on the Po River delta, in northern
Italy. It took him 40 minutes to
bring the 9-foot fish to the boat.
After taking photos, he and his
twin brother Dario released it,
hoping to best their own record by
catching it again next year.
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SeaLife has introduced what it says is the world’s first perma- nently sealed waterproof cam- era, the Micro HD, which shoots
above or below the water and is guaranteed not to leak for the life of the camera. Available in 16GB or 32GB versions,
it can shoot both 1080p video or 13MP
stills. Just three large buttons control all
functions through an intuitive menu, so
it’s easy to use even when you’re wearing dive gloves. The permanently sealed
battery offers three hours of continuous
use, and you can charge the battery
while the camera is still wet. From $399.
Great Lakes & Nearby Waterways Rising
Lake Huron and
Lake Michigan have
than two and a half
feet and are now
only four inches
below their long-term average.
That rise is a
boost to boaters
nected to the Great
to the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers,
the prediction for
the first half of
the 2015 boating
season is for water
levels to remain
above those seen
in the 2014 season.
The Great Lakes
record lows in the
1960s, and their
were reached in
the 1970s. — D.A.