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 […]

Here’s What Would Happen If Animals Could Talk

One century ago in the 1915 trenches of World War I, a young engineer named Hugh Lofting was moved by the sufferings of innocent horses and mules drafted into the horrifying vortex of human destruction. Needing something to say in letters home to his small children, he invented a certain doctor to minister to the […]

Breach the Snake River Dams

Killer whale with salmon

By Kenneth Balcomb, guest essayist Note: In this guest essay, long-time killer whale researcher Ken Balcomb shows how obsolete but still salmon-killing dams are helping cause the decline of killer whales due to food shortage in the Northwest. The dams do feed us one thing: propaganda. As Ken wrote to me, “I was flabbergasted that […]

The Good and The Bad for Atlantic Menhaden

humpback whale

Co-authored by Elizabeth Brown On May 5th the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission met to make pivotal decisions about the management of Atlantic Menhaden – arguably one of the most important fish in the sea. Two keys decisions were up for discussion: 1.) What to set the Atlantic Menhaden catch limit at. Or, in other words, […]

The glorious moms of elephants and whales

photo by Carl Safina

Adapted excerpt from Safina’s upcoming book, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, in stores July 14, 2015. (CNN) Four mother elephants are keeping their rotund babies in the shade of their bodies as they lead them across a sweet-smelling grassland under an already-hot early equatorial sun. Striding with deliberate purpose as though keeping an appointment, […]