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Big Love: The emotional lives of elephants

Elephants, Homepage, Travels on May 6th, 2015 1 Comment

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 so hugely in front of our vehicle that I reflexively lean inward. Cynthia Moss leans out and talks […]

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A Sea in Flames

Climate Change, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Gulf of Mexico Oil Blow-Out, News, Pollution, Travels on May 6th, 2015 No Comments

Though a bit imprecise, the time, approximately 9:50 p.m. on April 20, 2010, marks the end of knowing much precisely. A floating machinery system roughly the size of a forty-story hotel has for months been drilling into the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico. Its creators have named the drilling rig “Deepwater Horizon.” Oil […]

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Lemurs of Madagascar

Lindblad Expeditions Cruise, Travels on May 6th, 2015 No Comments

On board with Lindblad Expeditions Southern Africa and Indian Ocean tour. I’d just arrived in Madagascar for the first time. I was with the foremost expert on the primates called lemurs, trying to pay attention. I had everything to learn. We’d just gotten there on the shipNational Geographic Orion, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions. As soon […]

In the Agulhas

Dolphins, For the Birds, Lindblad Expeditions Cruise, Travels on May 6th, 2015 No Comments

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. […]

Great White Sharks of Gansbaai: No Hooking, No Handling, No Harm

Lindblad Expeditions Cruise, Sharks, Travels on May 6th, 2015 No Comments

March 23, 2015 – As we began our cruise up the southeast coast of Africa aboard the shipNational Geographic Orion, we departed Cape Town, South Africa. Several of us spent the day on an outing with Marine Dynamics out of Gansbaai to see great white sharks near Dyer Island. We anchored in an easy swell, […]

Killer Whale Calls

Mystery and Grace, Travels, Whales on October 22nd, 2013 7 Comments

The following audio was recorded in early October in Haro Straight off San Juan Island in Washington.  There were about 20 whales or so – if you close your eyes, you can picture the backdrop of a jungle just as easily as the ocean. A hydrophone was used to capture the sounds, and although it […]

Wolves of Yellowstone

Travels on October 17th, 2013 3 Comments

For the book I am working on, last March I visited Yellowstone National Park to observe wild wolves. These photos are all from that trip. All these wolves are wild-living descendants of wild-caught Canadian wolves introduced to Yellowstone after the Park Service exterminated the Park’s wolves in the 1920s. The restoration succeeded, but the story […]

GYRE Expedition – Day 5- Bearing Witness; Witnessing Bears. Act 2 (Wednesday, June 12)

Bears, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, For the Birds, Ocean Plastic, Pollution, Travels on June 26th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/15/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/15/gyre-expeditio…nesday-june-12/ ‎ A mile down the beach and a mile out on the flat more-or-less, another mother trails three cubs from clam-hole to clam-hole. When she spots a big dark male headed her way from half a mile away, she moves off, in a hurry and a worry, frequently […]

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GYRE Expedition – Day 5- Bearing Witness; Witnessing Bears. Act 1 (Wednesday, June 12)

Bears, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Ocean Plastic, Pollution, Travels on June 25th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/14/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/14/gyre-expeditio…nesday-june-12/ ‎ In the “morning” of the never-ending daylight, as the sun has swung round to the east and climbs the sky once more, we awaken in our windowless cabins. We’ve spent the short night at anchor in Hallo Bay. We head shoreward, trying to beat a dropping tide. […]

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GYRE Expedition, Day 4 – Landing in Hallo Bay (Tuesday, June 11)

Bears, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, For the Birds, Ocean Plastic, Pollution, Travels on June 25th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/11/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/13/gyre-expeditio…uesday-june-11/ We spent several morning hours steaming west across Shelikof Strait to Hallo Bay in Katmai National Park, and landed the skiff on a rocky ledge at one end of a long bite of black beach backed spectacularly by the snow-peaked Alaska Range and Hallo Glacier. The highest peaks, […]

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