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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.

Funny Video Takes on Plastic Pollution

As scientists debate how the world’s ocean might be picked free of plastic trash (hint: no one knows), a European nonprofit is taking on the problem with humor. The group Seas at Risk has just released the video above to remind people that what we do on land can have an impact on the ocean. Seas…

From Paper to Digital – The Mobile App Revolution

Its 3 a.m. in the morning and Ernest Gutierrez Jr. and his brother Derek, third generation fishermen from the island of St. Thomas, are sorting their catch. With only a few hours left before morning customers arrive, they still have their catch report to fill out –a lengthy paper form required by the Division of…

Debunking Captivity: 3 Reasons Not to Keep Dolphins in a Tank

I have spent much time in the company of wild dolphins over the last twenty-something years. I’ve built a career following their everyday movements and observing their behavior both from shore and from research boats. When I began my studies, I knew these creatures primarily as the objects of my research but, as the years…

Bad Weather, Weird Parrot Fish Fact, and More

Bad weather puts the pressure on the team to get the day’s underwater surveys done, but there’s still time to relate a weird-but-true fact about where sand comes from.

Singing Mozambican Fishermen Are the Perfect Alarm Clock

Shortly after dawn a small fleet of local fishing dhows sailed close to our anchorage, and as the men brought in the nets their happy work song was the most perfect alarm clock and an ideal start to the expedition’s first day of diving.