Posts Tagged ‘ocean’

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 […]

New Book: Handbook of the Mammals of the World: Sea Mammals

New Book: Handbook of the Mammals of the World: Sea Mammals

Ocean City, Maryland.  There’s a new edition to the highly acclaimed Lynx Edicions book series on Mammals of the World, and I’m proud to be part of it. The book Handbook of the Mammals of the World: Sea Mammals is a treatsie on all things mammal in our world ocean.  I had the pleasure of […]


Indonesia

Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia.  Selamat pagi.  During 2013 and 2014, my international travel was dominated by Indonesia.  During these two years I spent a total of seven weeks on Bali and neighboring islands, exploring the culture, the cuisine, the rich ocean life and writing about Bali as an international travel destination. Bali, tropical and exotic, is unlike […]

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 […]


Endangered Species Observing

Endangered Species Observing

Industrial activities in the ocean are an economic necessity. Nonetheless, such activities have the potential to cause harm to or interfere with ocean life. In an effort to protect particularly sensitive and endangered marine species, the US government via the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has put in place a program of Marine Endangered Species […]

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 […]


Deep Ocean Base Jumping

Deep Ocean Base Jumping

Marina, California.  Check out this beautiful video of world champion freediver Guillaume Nery plunging into Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas, the deepest blue hole in the world.  It was filmed entirely on breath hold by the French champion Julie Gautier. It’s a great example of art, human athletics and the ocean’s natural beauty coming […]

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 […]

Who has @Klout in the Ocean? The Top 10

Who has @Klout in the Ocean? The Top 10

Marina, California. Klout, the rising standard for influence in social media, has slowly been releasing access to its cross-platform lists of influence on specific topics. Eventually to be made fully accessible to the public, top lists have been leaking out on their blog for some time now, including one on “The Top Online Travel Influencers” […]


When the Fog Clears

When the Fog Clears

Marina, California. Every year in the Monterey Bay as the summer fog season tapers off, jellies show up in massive numbers. The reason is pretty simple. The fog is generated by the summer sun hitting frigid cold water that bubbles up from the deep sea through a process called upwelling. This water from the deep […]

Speaking Up For The Blue

Speaking Up For The Blue

Marina, California. A few weeks back, Andrew Lewin of Speak Up For the Blue asked me to talk with him about a blog post I wrote concerning the incarceration of climate activist Timothy DeChristopher. Andrew divided this interview up into five blogs posts. You can check them out on the links section below this post, […]

Change is in the Air - Seaweed, Seaweed Everywhere!

Change is in the Air – Seaweed, Seaweed Everywhere!

Over recent weeks, scientists and resource managers in such diverse places as Trinidad, the Dominican Republic and Sierra Leone have been reporting unusual incidents of seaweed washing ashore in massive quantities. The seaweed is a type of brown algae known as Sargassum, which commonly drifts on ocean currents of the North Atlantic and Gulf of […]


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, […]

Whale Shark Wow!

Whale Shark Wow!

Marina, California.  This is probably my first and last post promoting “wallpaper” for your computer.  But in the midst of Shark Week, this image of a whale shark and diver was too compelling to ignore.  National Geographic just released this photo for use as wallpaper as part of their “Life in Color: Blue“. gallery series […]


The Great White Shark Song

The Great White Shark Song

Marina, California.   In recognition of Discovery Channel’s questionable Shark Week – let’s have a little fun! Here’s another personal YouTube favorite – the Great White Shark Song.  It’s been around for years now, but I never tire of this cool tune and the important message it gives for this vulnerable apex predator.  The song […]