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USAID Comes in on Fresh Legs to Help Save Wildlife

Time is running out for wildlife. Now, like a World Cup footballer coming in for a late-game substitution, USAID enters the conservation game with new energy and some bold moves.

Local Leaders Restoring Fishing Economy and Ocean Health

By: Michael Bell, Oceans Program Director, The Nature Conservancy in California The best way to protect our oceans is by empowering local communities and fishermen that have the most to gain from sustainable fisheries.  The Nature Conservancy and its partners have tested this theory by partnering with local fishing communities to take charge of the waters…

Watch Underwater Discovery Unfolding Live Now

Dr. Robert Ballard and team aboard the “Nautilus” are investigating an “anomoly” 500 feet long on the ocean floor. Watch now to be a part of the discovery as it happens.

Adventure Science: Trawling for Plastic Pollution Aboard the Orion of Aberdeen

Gregg Treinish and his team at Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation bring us stories from around the world about adventuring with purpose. Here, Edwin Butter and Marjo Boertien write about studying marine plastic pollution off the coast of Africa with The Orion of Aberdeen crew and ASC.

Healthy Seas and Healthy Communities: The People of Honduras’ Mesoamerican Reef

This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and features the work of our Fellows on iLCP projects and expeditions.  Read our other articles on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and photos by iLCP Fellow Karen…

Restoration Week: Celebrating Science in Action and the Value of Ocean Habitat

Rob Brumbaugh, senior marine scientist, The Nature Conservancy June 1st marks the opening of the Atlantic hurricane season and as a resident of the Florida Keys I know to take every storm seriously and prepare accordingly. Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted a “near-normal or below-normal 2014 Atlantic hurricane season,” and while…

To An Underwater Lake

Aboard the submersible Alvin, Jer Thorp explores the shores of a mysterious lake on the ocean’s floor.

Another Drop In the Ocean’s Bucket

Yesterday, the House and Senate released the final compromise text of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, or WRRDA, following months of back-and-forth deliberations over each chamber’s version of the bill. And once again, Congress missed a golden opportunity to secure a major victory for America’s oceans. Ocean advocates had been bird-dogging the conference…

Why Don’t Octopuses Tie Themselves in Knots?

A self-recognition system ensures octopus arms remain tangle-free, according to a new study.

Coral Reefs: the Seawall That Nature Built

By Dr. Michael Beck, lead marine scientist, The Nature Conservancy Here’s an optimistic idea for you to consider: We can save our coral reefs. Yes, you read that correctly. We can, and indeed we must, save coral reefs to help protect ourselves. Admittedly, that’s not your traditional rationale for conservation, but it is one that…

Rare Megamouth Shark Caught Off Japan’s Coast

The mysterious animal is only the 55th confirmed megamouth shark seen since the first one was discovered in 1976 off the coast of Hawaii.

A Small Tribe Thinks Big About Their Ocean Space

By Shaunna McCovey The indigenous people living on the southern Oregon coast have always understood that the ocean and its creatures must be respected. According to the tribal lore of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw, Thunderbird was the chief of the ocean, and of all the ocean’s creatures, salmon was…

Rare Goblin Shark Caught in Gulf of Mexico

A rare goblin shark makes a surprise appearance in a fishing net south of Key West, Florida.

Traveling for Good

Travelers aboard ships in the Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic fleet are not just on an adventure of a lifetime, they’re making a positive difference in the communities and environments they visit. Guests who travel aboard the fleet are invited to join our joint conservation and stewardship efforts by contributing to the Lindblad-National Geographic Fund…

Here Today, Dugong Tomorrow!

The Pristine Seas dive team battles rough seas in this update from the expedition team in Mozambique.