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…

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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…

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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…

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By Erica Cirino On November 1, 2016, I set out with a group of Danish sailors and scientists associated with nonprofit Plastic Change in an old-school sloop called the SY Christianshavn to cover more than 3,000 miles from Marina Del Ray, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, in search of plastic. The goal: cross the “Great Pacific…

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During my six years with UNESCO’s World Heritage Marine Programme, I have had the privilege of visiting some of the world’s most beloved ocean places, including Cabo Pulmo, Lagoons of New Caledonia, Belize Barrier Reef, Coiba National Park, Tubbataha Reefs, and the Great Barrier Reef. Field visits are integral to our work, as we are…

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  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…

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