An Unwilling Colonist

  Listen to this article: Before 1807, no human being was a resident on the Galápagos Islands. So who were the ones to colonize first? It was one man named Patrick Watkins, and he didn’t do so willingly. There isn’t much in terms of first-hand accounts about the man, but a Captain David Porter (of […]

Sea Monster Attacks!

…there monsters of the deep, and beasts swim amid the slow and sluggishly crawling ships. -Avienus, 1488 Sea monsters are seen in stories from every sea-faring culture. In Jules Verne’s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the submarine known as the Nautilus is attacked by a giant squid. In 1734, Dano-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede described an encounter […]