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Incredible drone footage: Watch whale sharks feasting on plankton

Ever wanted to see a whole school of sharks eating to their hearts’ content? This incredible drone footage captures the magical annual moment from …

German Space Agency Chimes In on Alleged Discovery of Sea Plankton on ISS

Last month Russian scientists said they discovered sea plankton on the International Space Station (ISS) that might be alive and thriving. NASA shed doubt on the discovery, and little has been said since. However, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) recently responded to questions on the issue, …

Win! Leonardo DiCaprio donates $2 million for marine conservation

Leonardo DiCaprio donated two million dollars for the conservation of oceans and marine wildlife.<p>Leonardo DiCaprio is known for his contribution to …

Dugong conservation key to supporting marine life

For the layman, the role of dugongs as a marine management species is not always clear. Dugongs create the perfect breeding environment for a variety …

Australian scientists studying the effects of ocean acidification on marine life

To study its effects in Antarctica, a research team led by marine ecologist Jonny Stark will set up four chambers on the sea floor near Casey …

Untangling Both a Whale and Why Marine Life Get Mixed up With Our Trash

A humpback whale entangled in fishing gear swims near the ocean’s surface in 2005. (NOAA/Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary)<p>In …

Scientists find new coral species in waters off California | Reuters

(Reuters) - U.S. scientists have discovered a new species of deep-sea coral and a nursery area for catsharks and skates in underwater canyons off the coast of Northern California, the researchers said.<p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Wednesday the team used …

Photograph by @paulnicklen for @natgeo. For the finale of predator week, I’d like to share with you this image that has never been seen before, and for good reason. This photograph I made is an example of how these predators are wrongly portrayed in the media, creating a culture of fear among modern society. This was a young leopard seal who was calmly enjoying a nap in Antarctica. I was trying to capture a peaceful sense-of-place image that would help connect the readers to the importance of sea ice in a leopard seal’s life. The wind pushed us close to where he lay, forcing us to start the engine to back away so as not to disturb him. At the rev of the outboard, he sleepily lifted his head. Leopard seals open their mouth constantly as a display tactic, and that is what he did as I pressed the shutter instinctively. He placed his head back upon the ice and continued to doze and we went on with our day. When I looked at the image, I was amazed at how a shooting technique of a slow shutter speed could so easily transform a gentle young leopard seal napping, into a vicious monster from the deep. As photographers, we are obligated to portray these species in their true nature. But that is not what sells. What the media wants, what gets spread around like wildfire, is the sensationalized image of the roaring grizzly bear, ferocious tiger, snarling wolf – most of these images are capturing moments in a yawn or a baited response from zoo handlers. This creates a gap in understanding in people who have never experienced an encounter with this animal, yet fully support the extirpation of the species because they fear for their safety. The power of a photograph is immense; it can shape the fate of nature in her entirety. To celebrate apex predators, we need to portray their true nature, dispel the myths of man-eating beasts and realize we need to protect and understand these flagship species who balance the entire ecosystem. Thank you for reading and doing your part to stop the fear and spread understanding. Image by @paulnicklen #onassignment for @natgeo #nature #wildlife #natureispeaking. This image is not to be shared or displayed without the above text accomp