Posts Tagged ‘conservation’

Blackbird Caye Field Station

Blackbird Caye Field Station

Turneffe Atoll, Belize.  Blackbird Caye Field Station is a remote outpost of science and conservation awash in a deep blue wilderness.  Owned and operated by the Oceanic Society, the Station conducts long-term research on marine mammals and coral reefs, as well as promotes the conservation of Belize’s spectacular marine ecosystems and wildlife. This past May […]

Manatee Encounter

Manatee Encounter

Solider Caye, Turneffe Atoll, Belize.  Imagine snorkeling through the gin clear waters of a remote coral atoll and suddenly a manatee appears out of nowhere.  And, rather than taking immediate flight, it decides to stick around to check you out.  This very thing happened to me last week in Belize.  I was visiting the Oceanic […]

Sequester is biting into bay program efforts

Sequester is biting into bay program efforts

Ocean City, Maryland. The following article was published on 12 August 2013 in DelmarvaNow.com – the online version of  The Daily Times – a newspaper of  Salisbury, Maryland and in print form in the Worcester County Times and the Ocean Pines Independent. Are you sick of hearing about the constant bickering of partisan politics in […]


Coyotes are good for Delmarva

Coyotes are good for Delmarva

Ocean City, Maryland. The following opinion was published on 21 April 2013 as “Arlo Hemphill: In Reality, Coyotes are Good for Delmarva” in The Daily Times and its online companion, DelmarvaNow.com – a newspaper of  Salisbury, Maryland. Living on the Eastern Shore, The Daily Times is one of my favorite sources for unbiased and insightful […]

Maryland's Coral Gardens

Maryland’s Coral Gardens

Ocean City, Maryland.  Maryland is not known for its coral reefs.  In fact, many people would quite logically assume that no such thing exists.  However, such an assumption would be wrong.  In recent decades, an increasing number of coral “gardens” have been discovered just off Maryland’s coast.  These hard bottom areas are scattered around at […]

Leatherbacks of Nantucket Sound

Leatherbacks of Nantucket Sound

South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.  It is jellyfish season, and for Nantucket Sound this means the arrival of the giant leatherback sea turtle – Dermochelys coriacea.  Each July, as coastal waters warm up, various species of jellies show en masse to feed on the rich soup of planktonic life that thrives offshore of New England.  And once […]


New Book - Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet

New Book – Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet

Melbourne, Florida. Photographer and conservationist Cristina Mittermeier has outdone herself again with the release of Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet.  The book is the latest in the CEMEX Conservation Book Series, for which Mittermeier serves as series editor and includes some 19 titles such as Megadiversity and Hotspots Revisited.  The book is a stunningly […]

Our Blue

Our Blue

Baltimore, Maryland.  “I wake up every morning thinking of my blue.  No matter where I’m going, I’m headed straight to you.”  So begins the tribute to Our Blue – our watery mother ocean. Created by a team of Red Sea divers known as Tank Bangers, the melodic compilation is the latest in a series of […]

10 Ways to Tell Governor Brown "Shark Fins Must Go"

10 Ways to Tell Governor Brown “Shark Fins Must Go”

Marina, California. For California, this is a moment of truth. Will you retain your role as a global leader in ocean conservation and sustainable use? Or will you turn your back on the future of sharks and, in consequence, both the ocean and ourselves? Many organizations, advocates and plain ole’ regular Californians have been working […]


Rise of the Lionfish

Rise of the Lionfish

Marina, California.  It’s no breaking news that the red lionfish (Pterois volitans), a native to the Indo-Pacific, is making itself comfortably at home as an invasive transplant to the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.  After first appearing on Atlantic reefs about a decade ago, the fish is now commonly encountered throughout the region, leaving little […]

Easy There Tiger...We Need Sharks

Easy There Tiger…We Need Sharks

Beqa Lagoon, Fiji.  “Teen reels in 874-pound shark” was a headline in yesterday’s Pensacola News Journal.  But after reading the article and visiting the comments section I thought a more appropriate title might have been “Boy slays beloved ancestral god. Locals rejoice, but still scared of their own shadows”.  People both love and fear sharks, […]