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Tapping Your Inner Wolf

Homepage, News, Wolves on June 15th, 2015 No Comments

MEN often face pressure to measure up as alpha males, to “wolf up” as it were. Alpha male connotes the man who at every moment demonstrates that he’s in total control in the home, and who away from home can become snarling and aggressive. This alpha male stereotype comes from a misunderstanding of the real […]

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The Good and The Bad for Atlantic Menhaden

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Homepage, News, Overfishing, Whales on May 27th, 2015 No Comments

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, […]

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The glorious moms of elephants and whales

Elephants, Photography, Travels, Whales on May 27th, 2015 No Comments

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, […]

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Big Love: The emotional lives of elephants

Elephants, Homepage, Travels on May 6th, 2015 2 Comments

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 […]

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Can a killer whale be a slave?

Homepage, Whales on March 10th, 2015 2 Comments

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 […]

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

Elephants, Homepage, Whales on January 27th, 2015 1 Comment

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

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Homepage, Overfishing on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

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 […]

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How Climate Change is Sinking Seabirds

Climate Change, For the Birds, Homepage on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

By Carl Safina Far out in the center of the cobalt pacific, hundreds of miles from the next atoll—about as far from a continent as it’s possible to get—Laysan Island seems like the morning of the world, a place you and I aren’t meant to see. The atoll measures roughly two by three miles; you […]

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The Passenger Pigeon, A Requiem

For the Birds, Homepage, News on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

By Carl Safina September 1, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of what had been the most abundant bird in the Americas, and likely the world. By 1850, the Passenger Pigeon was still the most abundant bird in the Americas. Around that same time, a long-distance migrant bird called the Eskimo Curlew was […]

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A Tortoise Isn’t a Billboard, Except in Aspen

Homepage, Uncategorized on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

By  Carl Safina The Aspen Art Museum might be doing tortoises a favor but probably isn’t. In a new exhibit linked to the opening of a $45-million new facility, an artist named Cai Guo-Qiang, who was born in China and lives in New York, has glued iPads to several African spurred tortoises. They wander around an enclosure […]