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Sylvia Earle’s ‘Mission Blue’ Arrives on Netflix Today

Through interviews, old home movies, and breathtaking new footage, see what has inspired this indomitable scientist to dedicate her life to protecting the ocean.

March 30, 2014: Skiing Everest, Mission Blue, Search for Michael Rockefeller, Violent Animal Reproduction, and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week his guests try to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller, figure out if Mother Nature is really trying to kill you, ski off the seven summits including Everest, look inside the city of Damascus during the Syrian War, dive into Mission Blue with Sylvia Earle, look at how much food we waste each year, take a walk on the surface of Mars, and find out what we should pack on a camping trip.

A Dome for Turtles and More

This week, Armando Ubeda, Mesoamerican Program Manager for LightHawk traveled to Costa Rica as part of an expedition to promote the conservation and governability of the Central American Dome. LightHawk is in Costa Rica supporting this initiative led by MarViva, donating flight to the expedition and helping raise the profile of this effort. The Central…

Why I Don’t Eat Most Canned Tuna Anymore

Recently, legendary explorer and tireless ocean protector Dr. Sylvia Earle said something that caused me to rethink the kinds of seafood I put on my family’s dinner table. Dr. Earle and her colleagues at Mission Blue fly with LightHawk to gain a big picture perspective of the ocean surface, to inform their work to protect…

Sylvia Earle’s 19th “Hope Spot” Named in Bering Sea Canyons

By Brett Garling, Mission Blue In a fantastic event last night at the Seattle Aquarium, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle and Greenpeace’s Phil Radford announced the Bering Sea Canyons as the official 19th Hope Spot. The event attracted a large turnout and impassioned speeches in defense of the new Hope Spot. Moreover, a bonafide airship…

Behind the Photo: David and Goliath

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…

An Ocean Miracle: Discovering the Hidden Jewel off the Coast of Baja California

By Mera McGrew of Mission Blue In full scuba gear, we roll off a small open, outboard-powered boat into the clear water. We’re in a shallow bay near the southern tip of Baja California, in the middle of the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park. Here, the Sea of Cortez blends with the Pacific Ocean. Looking…

“Emergency Responder” Fish Rushes to Rescue Corals

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…

The Last Frontier: Antarctica’s Southern Ocean

  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…

Giraffes and Hippos…World’s Largest Animal?!

Is it a hippo? A giraffe? What about an elephant or even a dinosaur? In this brand new video, people in Times Square in New York City are asked to name the largest animal on Earth. It is produced by Mission Blue, Sylvia Earle‘s ocean advocacy group, as part of a new online video series titled “Mission…

A Meeting of the Minds!

What an amazing day, I’m full of hope for Coiba and the rest of Panama’s seas! We met today at the incredible home of Jean Pigozzi,high on the top of his Simca Island, for a lunch with the Minister. His daughter joined him on the trip in the Presidential helicopter, which landed right at Jean’s…

“Do You Like to Breathe?”

Back on the Ethereal our lunch and dinner conversations revolve around the importance of marine systems to keep the planet functioning and humans breathing. How do we change perception of the ocean wildlife as resource made for human consumption, to the realization that life in the ocean is all part of a complex system, sequestering…

Where Are the Big Fish?

The scuba diving has been challenging, I’ve found it hard to take any photos in the low visibility and strong current, part of what makes this area productive. Sylvia, Kip and I are all taking photos, making us less than ideal buddies, so we go with our dive master Kevan, and Biff. They keep an…

Photo Gallery Mission Blue Panama

First Dives in Coiba

This morning the divers explored the shallower parts of the marine park, we found white tip reef sharks, moray eels, several varieties of reef fish, puffers, triggerfish, parrot fish, moorish idols, hawkfish, blennies and many more. We also spotted several lobsters which Sylvia noted was a good sign of less human pressure. But the star…