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August 31, 2014: Diving Deep For Bioluminescence, Mixing Climate Change With Music and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they dodge whales and pirates on the Indian Ocean, track poachers in Africa, find lost societies in Orkney, shed light on glowing sharks, harmonize with melting ice in Antarctica, live underwater for 31 days, follow in the pawprints of a lone wolf for 1,200 miles, and rove across the red planet.

Diving Through Kelp With a Beautiful Giant

The Pristine Seas scientists explore a deep underwater kelp forest near Zavora Point in Mozambique, and are surprised by a giant-sized visitor during their surveys.

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.

November 3, 2013: How to Survive an Avalanche, Following Family History Through Asia and More

Join host Boyd Matson, as we survive potentially disastrous avalanche, swim with manta rays in Mozambique, walk the length of Africa looking for water, and follow our family tree’s roots throughout Asia.

Saving Birds from Extinction in the Mascarene Archipelago

This week I have returned to Reunion Island in the Mascarene archipelago (Western Indian Ocean) for a regional conference on landscape rat control to save birds at imminent risk of extinction. I haven’t been back to Reunion since I left nearly five years ago after working for a year on island conservation in the Mozambique…

Island Hopping by Traditional Dhow in Mozambique

Skimming across the ocean in a traditional dhow on our way to a desert island felt like living out a castaway fantasy. Dhows are a common sight on the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, where the seafaring vessels have been used for centuries to ship goods and slaves across the sea. These days, the…

Earth Day Opinion: Helping Coral Ecosystems Survive a Changing Climate

With corals across the globe bleaching due to advancing ocean temperatures, many of the world’s coral reef experts believe these centers of marine biodiversity may become the first casualty of climate change. But while the news on corals has been largely grim, it is not beyond hope.

Two-Headed Blue Shark Surfaces (Another One!)

We recently wrote about a two-headed bull shark found by fishermen. One of our readers, Christopher Johnston, then sent us an email with photos he had taken on September 27, 2008 of a similarly surprising find: a two-headed blue shark. As far as we know these photos have never been published anywhere before. As we…

Tribes from the Air

  We live in a beautiful world. For generations, tribal peoples have been the guardians of their diverse habitats – tundra, sea-ice, mountains, deserts, oceans and prairies; for most, land and life are inextricably linked.  Earth is the bedrock of their lives, the provider of food and shelter, the sacred burial ground of their ancestors and…

July 22, 2012: Biking Africa’s Indian Ocean Coast, Studying Life in Antarctica, and More

This week on “National Geographic Weekend,” join host Boyd Matson as we bike from Mt. Kilimanjaro to Cape Town, then we hire an army to defend a dig site in Niger, explore the world’s growing city populations, discover what Boyd has in common with The Terminator, hear about the unglamorous side to science exploration in Antarctica, wander around Australia’s Outback, earn recognition for a lifetime’s wok in biodiversity, and finally we dig up a tomb full of millions of embalmed puppies.

Saving the most endangered parrot on earth from going the way of the dodo…

In the late 1980s, the Echo or Mauritian parakeet (Psittacula eques) was considered the most endangered parrot on earth and researchers, who by that time were getting really good at finding them, could only account for 4 or 5 pairs in the wild. These emerald green parakeets are only found on the island of Mauritius…

Global Fishing Communities Putting the Heat on Climate Change Talks

Political disagreements on how to address climate change continue, while in the real world, shifting weather patterns, increasing temperatures, and more acidic oceans indicate that climate change is having significant impacts on people around the world.

Great Migrations: March of the Crabs

Princeton doctoral student Allison Shaw discusses the Christmas Island red crab’s improbable migration to the sea, and the forces that prompt and guide all animal migrations. Great Migrations premieres tonight in the U.S. on the National Geographic Channel. By Ford Cochran The largest programming event in the ten-year history of the National Geographic Channel, Great…