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Aaronne Colagrossi

Aaronne Colagrossi was born in Campobasso in 1980.  Since childhood he has nurtured a deep passion for nature in all its forms, in particular for dinosaurs and sharks, the mysterious creatures of the sea. He obtained a degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Molise with a thesis in geological survey and paleontology, which proved to be a turning point in his future career as a fiction author. The border between Abruzzo and Molise, is very rich in shark tooth fossils. His first novel, entitled Megalodon the perfect predator (2012), was inspired by the immense amount of data concerning the fossil sharks of central Italy.


He has always combined his passion for science with his passion for history, in particular for the long and complex history of piracy in the East and West Indies, both from a nautical and technical as well as geopolitical and geographic point of view. His book Pirati Socco Scacco/Pirates in Check explores the adventures of the pirates of the Caribbean in 1665. He is also the author of several other books on paleontology, available on Amazon.


His passion for nature, geology, animals and photography, lead him to travel extensively in Europe and Africa, as well as to obtain diving qualifications and offshore sailing. He is an adventure guide for diving among the islands of the Red Sea, tent safari in the Kalahari desert, sailing on the Okavango river delta, cross-driving Namibia, part of Botswana and Zimbabwe and to see his beloved creatures at sea, as well as an expedition to South Africa, to admire the great white shark, protected by an anti-shark cage.


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Pirates in a tavern (smile4u/Adobe Stock)

Fine Dining With The Pirates Of The Caribbean

Caribbean cuisine was certainly founded by pirates. Images of filibusters as ragamuffins gnawing bugs in some cell, or perhaps scraping the bottom of some barrel adrift in the Caribbean, hunting for...
Blackwall Yard from the Thames by Francis Holman (1784) (Public Domain)

Plain Sailing: Shapes And Speed In Historic Naval Designs

During the 1700s, European naval studies were decisive and very important, so much so that espionage by Spain and France against England for military and naval purposes alone had become a real...
Naval espionage encompassed collating information to be turned into intelligence behind closed doors. (yezep/ Adobe Stock)

Two Centuries Of Naval Espionage In Europe

The crucial role of intelligence among the various royal navies of Europe during the 17th and the 18th centuries cannot be underestimated. Since naval warfare was a very powerful weapon during these...
The scene on the Plymouth Hoe when captains play bowls as the Spanish Armada comes into view by John Seymour Lucas (1880) (Public Domain)

The Protestant Wind That Scattered The Spanish Armada 1588

There had never been such good blood between Spain and England as in the mid-16th century. However, in the last quarter of this century relations between Philip II of Spain (also known as 'Philip the...
Battle Stations – Acceleration Of Naval Design In The 18th to 19th Centuries

Battle Stations – Acceleration Of Naval Design In The 18th to 19th Centuries

Modern naval history is considered to have commenced in 1616, but the ensuing century between 1715 and 1820 marked an era not only of geopolitical change, but also a time when oceans were turned into...
A Centenary Of Modern Naval History 1616 to 1716

A Centenary Of Modern Naval History 1616 to 1716

History is composed not only of facts, but also of dates and if one needs to pinpoint a chronological beginning to what is considered modern naval history, historians and naval experts all agree on...
Galleons, Stallions Of The Seas

Galleons, Stallions Of The Seas

The 17th-century was of fundamental importance for everything related to naval design in the centuries to follow. In the 1600s a vessel called a galleon, took center stage in international maritime...

Buccaneers’ Brimstone, Booty, Brotherhood and Betel Nut

The goal of a pirate of the West Indies was to capture his prey, with as little damage as possible, so that he could resell the vessel, including its cargo and crew. Therefore generally, the...
Pirate Ship. ( neillockhart / Adobe)

Hostis Humani Generis: Pirates Of Port Royal And Tortuga

The history of piracy has always held the imagination captive, both for what concerns the nautical and its techniques and for the geopolitical landscape it occupied. Its origins spring from the times...
Hippopotamus and Crocodile Hunt by Peter Paul Rubens, (1616) (Public Domain)

Ancient Sharks and Crocodiles’ Nemesis: Man

Since ancient times, people have feared sharks and crocodiles. But how long have these two species actually been on earth and how did they evolve? Crocodiles and sharks have one thing in common: the...