The Good and The Bad for Atlantic Menhaden

humpback whale

Co-authored by Elizabeth Brown On May 5th the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission met to make pivotal decisions about the management of Atlantic Menhaden – arguably one of the most important fish in the sea. Two keys decisions were up for discussion: 1.) What to set the Atlantic Menhaden catch limit at. Or, in other words, […]

The glorious moms of elephants and whales

photo by Carl Safina

Adapted excerpt from Safina’s upcoming book, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, in stores July 14, 2015. (CNN) Four mother elephants are keeping their rotund babies in the shade of their bodies as they lead them across a sweet-smelling grassland under an already-hot early equatorial sun. Striding with deliberate purpose as though keeping an appointment, […]

Big Love: The emotional lives of elephants

Photo by Wolf Ademeit

Adapted excerpt from Safina’s upcoming book, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, in stores July 14, 2015. Alison, fifty-one years old, is right—there, in that clump of palms—see? And there is Agatha, forty-four years old. And this one coming closer now is Amelia, also forty-four. Amelia continues approaching until, rather alarmingly, she is looming […]

Can a killer whale be a slave?

Robbyne Kaamil

Sign our Avaaz petition: Let’s keep working to #FreeLolita! Originally posted on CNN Opinion, February 4, 2015. (CNN) – “Lolita’s story reminded me of my own,” says African-American actress and singer Robbyne Kaamil. “My own relatives, my family ancestors, were captured and forced into slavery.” Captured in waters off Washington State in 1970, Lolita is an orca […]

“Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel” – In Stores July 2015

In a world where we usually measure animals by human standards, I take us into the inner lives of animals themselves; witnessing their profound capacity for perception, thought and emotion; showing why the word “it” is often inappropriate as we discover who they really are. Weaving decades of observations of actual families of free-living creatures […]

Near Collapse of Gulf of Maine Cod Leads to Fishing Ban

Atlantic cod. Photo Credit: NOAA

By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown Last Monday, fishery managers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that they are banning nearly all fishing for Gulf of Maine Atlantic cod for at least the next 6 months, to protect the severely depleted population. In August, scientists declared that the abundance of Gulf of Maine […]