Tag Archives: Ocean


Sailor Superstition: Dolphins swimming in the wake are good luck

Content: Informant – “Dolphins are considered good luck when they swim with the ship. And it’s bad luck to kill a dolphin.” Context: JK – “Where does this belief come from?” Informant – “I just think that dolphins are friendly to humans. They have a long history of…there’s stories of them chasing sharks away and… Continue Reading »

Red Sky at Night, Sailors Delight; Red Sky at Dawn, Sailors Take Warning

Content: Informant – “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at dawn, sailor’s take warning.” Context: Informant: “This is an old sailor’s saying. Sailors are deeply superstitious people. I’m not sure where I heard it from, it’s just always been around. I’m not sure where it comes from. Maybe it’s because the jet streams… Continue Reading »

Red Sky At Morning

Background: My informant is a twenty-two year old deckhand on a lobster vessel out of Gloucester, Massachusetts. He began working part-time on the boat as a senior in high school and began lobstering full-time just out of high school. He has also worked fishing cod, crabs, and halibut. He spends a great deal of time… Continue Reading »

Storm Drain called “Hitler’s Tunnel” in Palos Verdes

The informant is from Palos Verdes, apeninsula area on the coast of Southern California. The informant claims there is a large storm drain that leads into the ocean which has gained popularity among the youth of the area. The storm drain, nicknamed “Hitler’s Tunnel”, has been responsible for inspiring many myths in the area. AB:… Continue Reading »

You Should Never Go Into the Sea in a Month with an ‘R’

Informant: “I don’t remember how to say it in Italian now, but I remember the saying translates to ‘You should never go into the sea in a month with an “R”‘. I remember learning this when I was studying in Florence my Junior year of college, I was in Florence from January to June, but… Continue Reading »