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Tagging a Fish With a Sword for a Face

This isn’t your granddaddy’s day on the lake. Marine biologist Sam Friederichs fights 500­-pound fish—but not for the reason you’d think.

Braving the Tasman Sea on a Hawaiian Canoe

For the first time in her 40-year history, the traditional voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa departs Polynesia into the Tasman Sea and on toward Australia.

West Papua’s Unbroken Waves and Untested Waters

An international team of top surfers reports back from one of their favorite places to travel, explore, surf, and collect samples of the microplastics contaminating the world’s water.

Bat-Survey Lesson No. 42: Don’t Step on Any Lions

Northwestern Namibia’s desert may appear barren, but it is full of life as the dry season and Young Explorers Grantee Theresa Laverty’s pilot field season conclude.

Can Wild Monkeys Hang With Humans?

Are the macaques of Gibraltar just manipulating tourists for free handouts, or is there more to this interspecies relationship? National Geographic’s Kyler Abernathy finds out.

The Muslim Miners of Mongolia

Dedicated to exploring the connections between society and the environment, Saleem H. Ali reflects on a visit to a small mining town in Mongolia which hosts a diverse cultural heritage and is planning for a sustainable future.

High-Tech Mapping Sheds New Light on the Atlantic Seafloor

The ancient Irish may have done it. The Vikings certainly did. And now a team of scientists is crossing the Atlantic by ship, preparing to make the most complete map ever of its floor.

More Than Meets the Eye: Contribute to the World’s Largest Microplastics Dataset

Wherever you may travel, from alpine lakes and canyon-carving rivers to tropical shores, you can contribute to building the largest data set on microplastics.

Seeing Exploration in Madagascar Through New Eyes

A month ago, fresh from the intellectual stimulation of a scientific conference, I blogged about coevolving pathogens. Today, my hair is grown long and wild, my jeans threadbare, my shoes in tatters, and once more, I feel at a very far distance from that academic other-world in which I also live.

Here’s What 40,000 Photos of Wildlife Looks Like

People all around the world submitted nearly 40,000 observations of plants, animals, and fungi to create a global snapshot of biodiversity last month, as part of National Geographic’s Great Nature Project.

Is Chumming for Sharks Keeping Them Closer to Home?

Conservation biologist Kaia Tombak drops herself into shark­-infested waters to debunk the terrifying myths and stigmas attached to these top predators.

Why Uganda´s Bushfires Aren’t All Bad

During our field surveys to better understand the primate diversity of north-eastern Uganda, we seek the least travelled routes and those areas for which primates have never been surveyed. During our explorations in February 2015 we encountered many devastating bushfires.

Wildlife in London? Deer Me!

London’s Richmond Park may seem like a patch of untouched wilderness, but 700 years of human interaction have helped shape this urban oasis.

From Running Water to No Water: In Search of Desert Bats

The search for water in the Namib Desert continues as we net for bats over a stretch of the running Hoarusib River and then pursue active springs on our way back through the Hoanib River.

Exploring Sarajevo, 20 Years After Dayton Peace Accord

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accord, I’m learning how ethnic divides have affected the reconstruction of Sarajevo, as residents try to shape a new multicultural Bosnia.