During my field time in writing Beyond Words, I often dictated notes into a little digital recorder. While in the wild, there were a couple of opportunities to record sounds from some of the exact same individual wolves and killer whales (orcas) who I write about in the book. I find these callings extraordinarily haunting. […]
By Erica Cirino There are many people who believe whales and dolphins do not belong in aquariums and marine parks, and for good reason: When you put a large, highly intelligent animal that naturally travels a hundred or more miles a day into a small concrete tank, the results aren’t pretty. The animals suffer increased […]
Stony Brook University recently featured Carl Safina in a short film asking him “5 questions” about his college experience and the importance of mentorship this January, which is National Mentoring Month. Check out the video!
In decades of birding, the best viewing two naturalists have ever seen of a very rare bird Photos by Carl Safina, text by John Turner Tipped off by a phone message from Carl Safina who was watching Common Nighthawks foraging over the Seatuket Mill Pond on Long Island, I headed down around 5:00 o’clock in the […]
Animal awareness: The Big Question of our time? “Is a whale conscious?” As far as I can determine as a scientist, all the evidence indicates that all vertebrates — fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals — appear almost certainly to be capable of sensory experience. In a word, they are conscious. And beyond vertebrates to squid and octopuses and bees […]
Co-authored by Erica Cirino 2016 started off with a dire prediction for the world’s oceans: By 2050, the seas will contain more plastic—by weight—than fish. There’s an estimated 8 -12 million metric tons of plastic making its way into the oceans each year. And as the plastic mess in the oceans grows, so do concerns […]