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What’s That Weird Purple Sea Creature? Explaining Viral Video

A weird garbage-like creature spotted in the Gulf of Mexico is a rare type of jellyfish relative, scientists say.

The Coral Triangle: Amazon of the Oceans

This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and photos by iLCP Fellow James Morgan. I’ve been fortunate to see most of the world’s oceans the past couple…

Why Are Jellyfish Swarming This Summer?

Swarms of jellyfish that have appeared recently in the Pacific Northwest and the United Kingdom are not unusual, but may signal an ocean out of balance, experts say.

Overfishing Remains Biggest Threat to Mediterranean, Study Confirms

Marine Ecologist Enric Sala says a new study produced by a dozen researchers confirms that the Mediterranean is on a trajectory to become a sea dominated by small tropical species that no one likes to eat. “Fishes will not be abundant, and the native species that the Greeks and Romans started to fish commercially will be rare — and most fisheries and the jobs they support will collapse,” he says. But this could change “if we stop all the irrational overfishing,” Sala adds, “including both legal and illegal fishing, and protect a large chunk of the Mediterranean. Without these radical changes, we’re just going to reduce the Mediterranean Sea to a soup of microbes and jellyfish.”

March 30, 2014: Skiing Everest, Mission Blue, Search for Michael Rockefeller, Violent Animal Reproduction, and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week his guests try to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller, figure out if Mother Nature is really trying to kill you, ski off the seven summits including Everest, look inside the city of Damascus during the Syrian War, dive into Mission Blue with Sylvia Earle, look at how much food we waste each year, take a walk on the surface of Mars, and find out what we should pack on a camping trip.

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish: Delicious Sandwich Ingredient Gets Marine Twist

Staff at a Dallas aquarium wanted to see if they could supplement the diets of their jellies with protein—so they decided to give the animals peanut butter.

For a Nearly Hundred-foot-long Jellyfish, It’s Christmas All Year

This nearly hundred-foot-long sea creature is all dressed up for the holidays. Just don’t try to pet it. Its body contains thousands of poisoned-filled stinging cells just waiting for a victim to brush past.

5 Animals That Look Like Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga may be the most outrageously dressed pop star, but nature has its own spectacular show-stoppers.

Pixar Producer Discusses Technology Behind Movie Animation

By: Bianca Brooks Insurance. That’s the field Oscar-nominated Pixar animator and visual effects director Andrew Jimenez credits for helping to make him the animator he is today. After studying film in college, he got an unglamorous insurance job, and that’s where he learned tools like Photoshop, which gave him the grounding he needed as an…

Your Suggestions for Urine—Please Don’t Try This at Home

Can urine really treat jellyfish stings? See our readers’ wacky suggestions for urine—and why many aren’t a good idea.

Desventuradas Expedition: The Importance of Being Here

Vice President of Oceana, South America Alex Muñoz Wilson weighs in on the incredible work being done at Desventuradas and the effect it will likely have on the future of conservation in Chile.

Freshwater Jellyfish: Species of the Week

    Freshwater jellyfish have been spotted in Ohio ponds, alarming locals and surprising old timers. The local Newark Advocate quoted Frank Snelling, who has lived in the area for years, as saying, “I told him, ‘You better drink a beer. There aren’t jellyfish in Ohio.’” Actually there are, because small freshwater jellyfish (Craspedacusta sowerbii) are…

Worldwide Energy Shortages Triggered by Drought, Subsidies

As the summer heats up, energy shortages are striking around the world—including the oil-rich Middle East. Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), stopped supplying gasoline to the other emirates, because the government can’t afford to continue subsidizing gasoline, which it currently sells at far below global market rates. Now a UAE company has hashed…

NG Weekend: Congo Chimps

On National Geographic Weekend radio this week, host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about chimpanzees, jellyfish, salamanders, polygamists, sea kayaking, coral sex, and more. Hour 1 WCS Conservation Fellow Dave Morgan and his partner Crickette Sanz study chimpanzees in the Congolese rain forest. But a few years ago, the tables were turned when the couple…