oceans

Pilar: Little Explorer, Big World

Since my daughter Pilar was born three years ago, I became a different human being. It’s been a dream of mine to develop a series of books that will inspire and educate children, with a special emphasis on empowering ...

Oceans in Balance

By Shawn Heinrichs As young child growing up on the Wild Coast of South Africa, the ocean I knew was a very different place than the ocean we know now. The ocean of my childhood was vast and unfathomably bountiful, ...

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’...

Sylvia Earle, Hero for the Ocean

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle is probably more at home under the sea than she is on dry land. At least, that’s where this National Geographic Explorer in Residence has made her biggest impact as a scientist and storyteller. Called by ...

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 ...

Setting Sail for the Bangladesh Marine Megafauna Survey

By Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur [Note: This is the first in a series of blogs about the Bangladesh Marine Megafauna Survey being conducted by the WCS Bangladesh program]. The densely populated country of Bangladesh is a land crisscrossed by an intricate ...

Project Pisces: Hidden ecosystems and lasting legacies

By Jessica Perelman, Guest Blogger Exploring the deep ocean is by no means a simple task. It is the great frontier, the endless unknown about which we know so little. Broadly defined as the ocean and seafloor lying below 200 meters, ...