Marine Life

Marine Life

One of the things we’re very excited about is the opportunity to showcase images from the world’s best underwater photographers and filmmakers shot in locations around the world.

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch—we are going back from whence we came.
John F. Kennedy

Glass Sponge Reefs: Living Fossils Found off Canadian Coast

Glass Sponge Reefs: Living Fossils Found off Canadian Coast

Just discovered in 1987, these unique, very ancient and very fragile Glass Sponge Reefs were found 200 meters deep off the Pacific coast of British Columbia. Until this discovery, only fossils, found across most of Central Europe, told the story of glass sponge reefs....

How Deep Is the Ocean, Really!

How Deep Is the Ocean, Really!

Most humans have just dipped their toes into the sea, some fortunate few have donned mask and flippers to descend maybe 20 feet. With a tank and scuba gear some venture further, possibly 120 feet. The world’s deepest free-dive set a record at 831 feet deep....

The New Gold Rush: The Debate Over Deep Sea Mining, Part A

The New Gold Rush: The Debate Over Deep Sea Mining, Part A

What if your cellphone stopped working. You decided to buy a new one but there were no more. New models were no longer being shipped because the manufacturer had run out of a key, rare metal. This is just the tip of the iceberg when you start considering the issues...

California Bans Plastic Straws

California Bans Plastic Straws

A new law makes California the first state in the U.S. to regulate plastic straws. It is not a complete ban since it only applies to dine-in restaurants, excluding fast food outlets, delis and coffee shops. In addition, it only bans restaurants from automatically...

Largest 3D Printed Coral Reef in the Maldives

Largest 3D Printed Coral Reef in the Maldives

The Maldives are world famous for colorful and diverse coral reefs. Surrounded by the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, the country’s more than 1000 islands contain nearly 3% of the world’s coral reefs. These reefs are dramatically vulnerable to global warming....

Is There Shark in Your Sunscreen?

Is There Shark in Your Sunscreen?

Shark populations are in decline around the world, some reduced by 50% in the last several decades. While much of that loss is due to illegal fishing and the slaughter of millions of sharks for their fins, there is more to tell. Have you ever heard of shark in your...

Bigbird the Pelican, a Very Unusual Story

Bigbird the Pelican, a Very Unusual Story

Bigbird is a young pelican. Separated from his flock during a storm, he was adopted by the staff of a safari camp. What was a chance encounter evolved into an unlikely, but very sweet friendship. Jeffry the manager of Greystoke Mahale, a Nomad Tanzania resort, has...

Can Hi-Tech, the U.N. and Drones Defeat Ghost Gear?

Can Hi-Tech, the U.N. and Drones Defeat Ghost Gear?

In early September 2018, we saw a dramatic example of the cost to marine life of abandoned fishing gear, infamously known as Ghost Gear. More than 300 endangered, Olive Ridley sea turtles were found dead, apparently after being entangled in an abandoned fishing net....

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