A surprise for you on the beach

Photo: Matt Campbell/AFP/Getty Images

(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 […]

In the Agulhas

A juvenile Cape Gannet streaks in among a group of Spinner Dolphins – Photo by Carl Safina

March 27, 2015 – The Agulhas current flows down the east coast of Africa from the north. It’s described as “narrow, swift, and strong” on our briefing material aboard National Geographic Orion. As it reaches the southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas (Cape of Good Hope is not actually the continent’s southern tip), it recirculates. […]

Why U.S. East Coast Should Stay Off-Limits to Oil Drilling

A Shell oil platform launches off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas. Photo by Eddie Seal/Bloomberg.

When it comes to the Obama administration’s recent move to open portions of the Atlantic coast to oil exploration, I’m a bit out of synch with environmentalists who are worried about the big spill. They warn of another Deepwater Horizon or Exxon Valdez-type fiasco coming to the Southeast. But to me, it’s just about the […]