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Killer Whale Calls

Wildlife<p>The following audio was recorded in early October in Haro Straight off San Juan Island in Washington. There were about 20 whales or so – if you close your eyes, you can picture the backdrop of a jungle just as easily as the ocean.<p>A hydrophone was used to capture the sounds, and although it …

New Caledonia Expedition: And We’re Off!

Changing Planet<p>At Port in Noumea, New Caledonia. (Photo by Scott Ressler)<p>In the crystal blue waters of New Caledonia, a country slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey and located about 750 miles off the eastern coast of Australia in the South Pacific, a team of experts are setting sail on …

Don’t Kiss the Jellyfish

Approximately five million jellyfish live in Ongeim’l Tketau—give or take a hundred thousand.<p>This South Pacific city of Cnidarians only came to the world’s attention in 1982, thanks to an article in <i>National Geographic Magazine</i> that detailed Palau’s endemic jellyfish species, <i>Mastigias papua …

What Are Killer Whales Saying?

Wildlife<p>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.<p>What we don’t know: We don’t know if they have words or language. We think they have signature calls (names) …

Billionaires Buy Into Ocean Conservation

The superrich have long been known — accurately or not — for their competitiveness.<p>Take Ernesto Bertarelli and Larry Ellison. The Swiss biotech billionaire and the American software billionaire — both sailors — fought bitterly in court over the America’s Cup yacht race. But luckily, some of the …

New Caledonia Expedition: Turtle Lovin’

Today we had a difficult day of diving, navigating far away from our ship with dive boats in rough seas. In spite of the bad conditions we were able to complete three dives in beautiful reefs and coral gardens with groupers, sharks and more. Afterwards, we went back to our boat, which was anchored …

Fishermen In Palau Take On Role of Scientist To Save Their Fishery

Wildlife<p>By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown<p>The island nation of Palau is a legendary tropical coral paradise, with perhaps the most farsighted fisheries management in the Pacific. Palau has protected its reef fishes from the export business that has destroyed fish populations on many reefs for the …

Dolphin Mating Season Begins!

<i>National Geographic Grantee Whitney Friedman is studying some of the smartest creatures in the sea- dolphins. Their complex alliances and social interactions may be more similar to humans than any other species. Follow her expedition on Explorers Journal as she joins a 30-year study on male</i> …

Listening to Sperm Whale Sonar

Amazing.<p>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 swam with …