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 […]

To Fight Disease, Protect the Ocean


By marine scientist and Safina Center Fellow Dr. Ellen Prager, Co-authored by Carl Safina Why should we curb ocean pollution, stop overfishing, prevent invasive species and save coral reefs? Because the next wonder drug in the battle against some of our most insidious diseases, such as cancer or Alzheimer’s, may be lurking just beneath the waves! […]

Why There Are Any Leatherbacks Left At Matura

Matura Beach

Leatherback sea turtles have been around for tens of millions of years. Nature Seekers has been around for only 22 years. But if it wasn’t for Nature Seekers, we might not have Leatherbacks. At least not here. Matura, on Trinidad’s northeast coast, is one of the best places in the world to see Leatherback Turtles. […]

Leatherbacks and Gill-nets Don’t Mix

Still alive, mon

While in Grand Riviere on Trinidad’s north coast, we got a call that a little farther west along the coast, in Matelot, a fisherman had some turtles tangled in a net. He couldn’t haul it; The turtles made the net too heavy. All the boats here are simple and open. All net-hauling is done by […]

Trinidad 2012 With Saving The Ocean

leatherback nesting

Grand Turtles of Grand Riviere Grand Riviere, on Trinidad’s northeast coast, is a narrow strip of shoreline backed by mountainous emerald jungle that tumbles to the broad sea. Almost as soon as the sun goes down, dark shapes dot the gleaming surf. And you realize those shapes are big, and they’re moving up the beach. […]

Punta Abreojos Day 2

Mexican Green Turtles are Blackish

Today Javier took us to a gorgeous estuary called Estero Coyote. There’s a little tourist place here called Camp Rene that has very cheap accommodations and was almost empty when we were there. But beautiful! The fishermen here grow oysters (they’re delicious and cost about 25 cents apiece). The estuary is filled with migratory and […]