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

Climate Change, For the Birds, Gulf of Mexico Oil Blow-Out, Homepage, News, Pollution, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Whales on March 10th, 2015 No Comments

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 […]

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Can a killer whale be a slave?

Homepage, Whales on March 10th, 2015 No 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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To Fight Disease, Protect the Ocean

Climate Change, Homepage, Pollution, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Whales on March 10th, 2015 No Comments

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! […]

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Obama Gives Bristol Bay Fishermen A Great Christmas Present!

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Salmon, Whales on March 10th, 2015 No Comments

By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown Last month, President Obama used his executive power to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay from future oil and gas drilling. Bristol Bay is a 52,000 square mile area (roughly the size of Florida), north of the Aleutian Islands that the largest surviving salmon populations on Earth swim through on their […]

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

Elephants, Homepage, Whales on January 27th, 2015 No Comments

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 […]

Return of a Native: Reflections on the 38th Voyage of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, July 11, 2014

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

By Patricia Paladines & Carl Safina The first whale was spotted at around 11am. We approached it with the quiet stealth afforded by a light wind in our sails. To the best of our knowledge the animal could not imagine or have any concern that a wooden whale-hunting ship was nearing its magnificent, enormous body. […]

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Whales win one: Will Japan abide by ban?

Whales on April 24th, 2014 1 Comment

Previously posted on  CNN.com On March 31 the World Court in the Hague ruled that Japan’s “scientific” whale-hunting was baloney. It ordered Japan to revoke its “scientific research” permits to all its ships, effectively tying Japan’s fleet to the dock and silencing the cannons and exploding bombs that are the way whales die nowadays. Japan […]

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Listening to Sperm Whale Sonar

Dolphins, Whales on December 12th, 2013 2 Comments

By Carl Safina Amazing. A few years ago in the Gulf of California, we found ourselves surrounded by a pod of female sperm whales sleeping peacefully like massive logs in a calm sea. One, followed closely by a seemingly protective companion, had a baby so new that it still trailed an umbilical cord as it […]

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What Are Killer Whales Saying?

Whales on November 11th, 2013 No Comments

People who are listening to the killer whale calls in my previous posting are asking whether we have any idea yet of the meaning. Answer: not as language, but we do know some things. What we don’t know: We don’t know if they have words or language. We think they have signature calls (names) and […]

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Whale Whisperer Don Pachico Mayoral is Gone

Whales on November 3rd, 2013 1 Comment

Don Pachico Mayoral, the first man to make physical contact and develop friendly relationships with some of the gray whales of Baja, Mexico, is gone.  A stroke took him on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. He was 72.  I met Don Pachico on the shore of San Ignacio Lagoon a couple of years ago while filming […]

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