Ocean Views

National Geographic Explorer Katherina Audley of the Whales of Guerrero Research Project continues her report of how the folk of Barra de Potosí, a tiny fishing village located in Southwest Pacific Mexico, discovered and became entranced with the whales and dolphins off their coast. She explains the techniques she and her colleagues used to hook the interest of...

By Carl Safina One of the greatest recoveries on any coast is happening now. But it is threatened with reversal by one giant fishing corporation. Here’s what is happening and how you can help right now. Earlier this summer, some friends of ours told us they’d gone to the beach in Amagansett on the east...

One of the questions I often get from students and lay people interested in dolphins, whales, and the oceans in general, is: “How do you come up with ideas for your research at sea?” Here is an excerpt from my latest book that can help answer this question… Dolphins may do amazing things or nothing...

Enric Sala is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and author of Pristine Seas: Journeys to the Ocean’s Last Wild Places. The first time I jumped in the water at Kingman Reef I felt like I was in a time machine, traveling back to an era before humans began over-exploiting the ocean. As soon as the bubbles...

By Nicanor Requena and Leobihildo Tamai       Whether you enter tropical seas as a tourist or a researcher, or to ensure your family’s sustenance and sense of place as we do, two divergent trends loom on the horizon. First, our coral reefs provide an astonishingly rich source of biodiversity, protein, jobs and income, and can for...

By Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Jennifer Jacquet   What’s the deal with overfishing? What’s at stake? And what can we do about it? We teamed up with the good folks at TEDEd on this animated short to explain. Punchline: Wild fish simply can’t reproduce as fast as 8 billion people can eat them. So we...

In a stunning discovery off the coast of Cape Town, three new species of shrimp have been found by amateur freedivers and scientists scouring the shallow intertidal rock pools and kelp forests near Cape Point. Professor Charles Griffiths, a renowned marine biologist from the University of Cape Town who was involved in identifying the new...

By Hollie Booth If my last year of working as WCS’s Sharks and Rays Advisor for Southeast Asia has taught me anything, it’s that when it comes to sharks and rays, Indonesia is a melting pot of competing values and objectives. It boasts the world’s largest shark fishery, on which millions of people depend. At...

It’s been three months since the March for Science, when over a million people, in over 600 cities, with almost 300 partner organizations took to the streets to champion science for the common good. It was an incredible day. From the stage at the DC march, I looked out on the crowd – well over...

  The behavior of many animals, including humans, are influenced by the cycle of the moon. For example, many fishes time their reproductive events with the full moon. Together with Chris & Monique Fallows, I have been fortunate enough to study predator-prey interactions between great white sharks and cape fur seals at Seal Island in...