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Many countries and U.S. states have recently banned the captivity of orcas and other cetaceans. Neuroscientist Lori Marino discusses what happens when these animals are kept in tanks and why she believes there is a need to bring them back into a more natural environment.
Right whales are exceptionally cryptic animals, especially when subsurface feeding, revealing incredibly little of themselves at the surface. That makes our job pretty tricky.
Scientists find vaquita populations continue to plummet, calling for more research and greater protections.
New technology allows scientists to explore, study, and monitor noise in changing marine environments, and the growing field of marine bioacoustics is providing insight into the ways animals perceive their surroundings.
The Pacific Northwest’s Southern Resident killer whale population is running out of food…and that’s spelling disaster for these vulnerable creatures.
Expedition leader Paul Rose has been wanting to reach Tristan da Cunha since he was 10 years old. As a new expedition brings him there at last, he already feels part of the family.
We have a lot of data about the ocean, but much of it is in obscure databases – unintegrated, unanalyzed, and largely inaccessible for the public. There is so much we could do with all that information if it was easy to visualize and interpret. At our fingertips, we could have alerts about the presence…
The smallest of all the whale species—a dwarf sperm whale—made its way into Cape Town’s waterfront harbour this week. The almost never-seen diminutive whale is smaller than a dolphin, and not much bigger than a man, which is amazing when you consider that sperm whales reach 52 feet in length—about the size of a bus. Dwarf…
Human well-being and human rights are inextricably tied to the health of the ocean, yet ocean conservation work is often isolated. Last month, as the United National General Assembly focused on tackling the grand challenges represented by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both the ocean goal (aka Goal 14, “Life Under Water”) and me, as…
Today we embarked for Tetiaroa with a two hour boat trip from Moorea. As we arrived at Tetiaroa we were fortunate enough to see humpback whales and spinner dolphins greeting us.
The Pristine Seas expedition to Niue and Beveridge reef isn’t only full of amazing sights. Take a listen to the beautiful sounds of the sea.
A new law passed in California supports the idea that the captivity of orcas and other cetaceans is abusive and unnecessary.
Moving forward, it’s important to continue vouching for the environment if we want to continue seeing positive change. And, every action—no matter how small it seems—matters.
Experts say it’s time to focus on fish for the sake of orca survival in the Pacific Northwest.
The following is a blog post by Jim Robinett, Senior Vice President of External and Regulatory Affairs at Shedd Aquarium. On Friday, the White House announced the passing of a bill to expand Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a marine ecosystem off the coast of Hawaii, making it the largest protected area in the world on land…