Grand Cayman’s coral reefs must not be destroyed

Coral Reefs

Co-authored by Ellen Prager, Steven Miller and Carl Safina (CNN) Once upon a time, on a small island in the Caribbean, there was a picturesque harbor and lovely town overlooking clear emerald-blue waters and spectacular coral reefs. Visitors enjoyed dining at waterside restaurants, diving, snorkeling, glass bottom boat rides and even a submarine tour of the […]

What’s Learned From the Killing of Blaze, the Grizzly Bear

momma bear and cubs

Last month, an African lion known as Cecil was lured out of a protected area and killed by a high-paying sport-hunter, igniting unprecedented worldwide outrage over the killing of a free-living animal. Earlier this month, a grizzly bear known as Blaze (after a light-colored marking on her flank) was killed inside Yellowstone Park. The reasons […]

A surprise for you on the beach

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(CNN) Millions of Americans are flocking to the shore this summer, seeking stunning seascapes and beaches to refresh their hearts and minds. For most, the sea will be a beautiful backdrop. But for scientists and conservationists, the view of the water brings hope and a reason to feel patriotic. Protections that America has put in […]

Humpback Whale Feeding Frenzy

humpback whale feeding

Every August the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) hosts a fantastic overnight whale watching expedition off Montauk, NY to the Great South Channel. An excellent alternative to aquariums, CRESLI’s team is focused on education and research, using whale watching tours as platforms to collect data about the wild populations of animals encountered on […]

Cecil The Lion: A Big-picture Guide to Directed Outrage


David Shiffman of Southern Fried Science was kind enough to send me his 11-point thought piece on the killing of Cecil. Here’s my list; I only have four points. 1) Humans are by far the kindest, most compassionate, most creative, most violent, most destructive and most misery-inducing animal in the history of the world. We […]

Here’s What Would Happen If Animals Could Talk

One century ago in the 1915 trenches of World War I, a young engineer named Hugh Lofting was moved by the sufferings of innocent horses and mules drafted into the horrifying vortex of human destruction. Needing something to say in letters home to his small children, he invented a certain doctor to minister to the […]