Ocean Views

2018 – The Year for Coral Reefs

Within a few short decades, we are faced for the first time with losing an entire ecosystem on which we depend. Humanity’s pivotal challenge to save coral reefs will be a test of our will, ingenuity and ability to ...

Out of the Blue

Shortly after sunrise on April 2nd we successfully navigated Mir back to her mooring in Banyuwedang Bay in northwestern Bali after over three months at sea — a three months that brought us clear across the Indonesian archipelago and back, covering ...

Going Back in Time in Raja Ampat

Sailing S/V Mir through remote Raja Ampat has been like traveling back in time to a wilder, less-peopled world.   I spend a lot of time imagining what this planet was like even just a few centuries ago, before ...

Friends, and Heroes, of Mansuar

The Biosphere Foundation’s crew aboard S/V Mir recently spent ten days working on reef restoration and education projects on the island of Mansuar in Raja Ampat. While there, we were reunited with some very special people. You might ...

Adventure (and Misadventure) in Raja Ampat

The crew of Mir weathered a big storm and made it safely to southern Raja Ampat, but unfortunately for the author of this blog, there was some trouble in paradise…   Arafura’s Fury If there’s one thing that’...

Traveling a Silver Road Across the Banda Sea

The crew of Mir had a safe passage from Bali to the Banda Islands — a vastly remote and little-known archipelago that was once world-renowned as the heart of the “Spice Islands.”   The Banda Islands Remote islands often give our ...

2017: Think Global, Act Local

In 2017, I got to hire local people from the village, not only to run the boat, spot whales, and manage the hydrophone, but also to use the DSLR camera and to enter, correct, and analyze data. Having been at it ...

Asking the Right Questions to Protect the Ocean

2014, the first year of our humpback whale research effort in Southwest Pacific México, was a big success. We sent the first 24 fluke (whale tail) shots to our colleagues at Cascadia Research Collective, the holders of a 20,000-strong fluke catalog, ...

The Opportunity in the Ross Sea

By John Weller, Safina Center Fellow The clock is ticking on one of our greatest environmental achievements. It is set to expire on December 1st, 2052. On October 28th of last year, in a stone fortress in the center of Hobart, ...