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Million Dollar Sharks

I recently got back from diving in the island nation of Palau and its shark enhanced waters.   That’s right, not shark infested- shark enhanced. Sharks are to Palau what Orcas are to SeaWorld only their shark tank is the Pacific Ocean that they’re free to roam in. An economic analysis carried out by the Australian…

Cryptic Cannibals: Sea Slugs in the Bahamas

The following is a blog post by Carolyn Belak, sea slug enthusiast and scientific aid at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Andy Kough, postdoctoral research associate at Shedd Aquarium. When one thinks of the Bahamas, they probably picture miles of white sandy beaches, dolphins dancing through crystal blue waters and colorful fish…

Let’s Put Teeth Into Protecting Great Whites, Before We Lose Them Forever

A highly publicized study undertaken by environmental researchers, shark scientists and an ecotourism operation in South Africa has brought the plight of the ocean’s most famous shark, the “Great White,” to the fore. Previously it was thought that over a thousand great white sharks were to be found along the South African coastline, widely regarded…

An update from Woods Hole Science Aquarium: I’m halfway through my internship, and it’s been awesome!

By Jessica Perelman It has been five weeks since I began working as a NOAA intern at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium (WHSA), and what an amazing experience it has been! As I expected, this summer is presenting me with every opportunity to learn about animal husbandry, interact with aquarium visitors, and discover all that…

Deep Sea Mining: An Invisible Land Grab

Thousands of meters beneath the azure ocean waters in places like the South Pacific, down through a water column saturated with life and to the ocean floor carpeted in undiscovered ecosystems, machines the size of small buildings are poised to begin a campaign of wholesale destruction. I wish this assessment was hyperbole, but it is the reality we find ourselves in today.

Canada oks use of Corexit for oil spills—Despite what we’ve learned in the Gulf

Co-authored by Erica Cirino After Shell Oil’s Brutus oil well platform 90 miles south of the Louisiana coast spewed more than 88,000 gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico this May, Shell contracted Clean Gulf Associates and Marine Spill Response Corporation to clean up its mess. The two companies deployed workers in boats…

Engaging Learners From Afar with Shedd Aquarium’s Iguana Field Research

The following is a blog post by Jackie Formoso, Manager of Learning Programs at Shedd Aquarium, about her experience co-leading Shedd’s research on Bahamian rock iguanas in the Exuma Islands. As part of Shedd Aquarium’s ongoing commitment to preserving wildlife for future generations, we have a team of scientists who are working hard to study endangered species,…

The Birth of a Cownose Stingray (Video)

Located deep in the heart of the Arizona Sonoran desert is an oasis, home to 29 cownose stingrays at the Phoenix Zoo’s Stingray Bay. Early in the fall of 2015, 15 of the 18 females gave birth. All of the births occurred at night with the exception of one light gray ray that gave birth…

Island Biology 2016, Azores

This week the second Island Biology conference is taking place in the Azores Islands of Portugal. Its hard to believe its already been two years since the first one in Hawaii.

Look Into This Dolphin’s Eyes and Tell Me That’s Not Grief!

By Maddalena Bearzi Although we live thousands of miles and an ocean apart, my brother Giovanni and I share not only the same bloodline but also a passion for dolphins. For more than two decades, both of us have conducted scientific and conservation research on marine mammals in the wild; Gio in the waters of…

Learning by Listening to the Whales of New York

Co-authored by Erica Cirino New York City may be home to more than 8.4 million people, but here also resides quite a bit of wildlife. On a recent summer afternoon in the Big Apple, I spotted hoards of colorful songbirds and dozens of squirrels in street-side trees; several red-tailed hawks in the skies; and a…

Conch-quest to the Bahamas to Study Vital Local Fishery

The following is a blog post by Dr. Andy Kough, post-doctoral research associate at Shedd Aquarium, about his recent research trip to the Bahamas to study queen conch populations. At the beginning of June, my colleagues at Shedd Aquarium and I completed five weeks of intensive fieldwork to assess queen conch populations within Marine Protected Areas…

An Arctic gift-wrapped in plastic?

Let’s hope not. But—. All of us who’ve traveled long and far have seen the amount of plastic on beaches increase incredibly in our lifetime. And it isn’t slowing anytime soon. The worst plastic accumulations I’ve seen are in the tropics, near where most of the people are. A lot of it comes to the…

Spectacularity—While it lasts

The high Arctic is—well, it’s cold. It’s the Arctic after all. And we are very far north. Far north of Iceland, way up at 78º N and way north of Norway, in the waters around an astonishing group of rock-and-ice islands known as Svalbard. Greenpeace has invited me to join them for a while on…

Life aboard Greenpeace’s ship Arctic sunrise

I’m here in the Norwegian Arctic for a few days, cruising the waters of Svalbard as a guest on Greenpeace’s ship Arctic Sunrise. Fish like cod are moving north as ice melts and waters warm. So Greenpeace has worked an agreement with fishing companies and giant retailers like McDonald’s to put fishing expansion here on…