Mera McGrew

As the sun went down over the southernmost extension of the Great African Rift Valley, Harvard University entomologist and renowned wildlife photographer Piotr Naskrecki began hiking up Mozambique’s Mount Gorongosa. Lured by the chorus of katydids, Naskrecki left the group of biologists he had traveled to Africa with behind and followed the sounds of the...

By Mera McGrew The recently published photograph by Octavio Aburto, titled “David and Goliath” has been widely shared over the last few weeks. Mission Blue recently caught up with the photographer to get an inside look at the photo that visually showcases the sheer size of fish aggregations in perspective with a human and captures...

By Mera McGrew Similar to people in danger, corals under attack do what anyone would do—they call for help. A new study reported in the journal Science, shows that corals under attack by toxic seaweed send chemical distress signals to “emergency responder” fish, which respond within a matter of minutes to what is effectively a...

  By Mera McGrew of Mission Blue Mention Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and images of remoteness, vast ice sheets, and large glaciers immediately come to mind. But despite the area’s harsh wind and severe cold, the Antarctic is bursting with marine life. Diving into the Antarctic’s cold ocean, the intrepid explorer will witness bright-colored...