Quick Reads

    Living in a Bubble
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    These five organisms find home in sea foam.

    Book Review: What a Fish Knows
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    From using tools to faking orgasms, fish can do more than most people realize.

    When History Washes Ashore
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    Rubber duckies now, duckey stones then: lost cargo from the pre-plastic generation.

    Two Sides of One Mask
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    A painted wooden clam mask celebrates the home and history of the Heiltsuk First Nation.

    Attack of the Cartographic Land Octopus
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    Far from just a way to avoid getting lost, maps have also been used as a means of persuasion.

    Book Review: Holy Mōlī
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    Author Hob Osterlund introduces readers to the fabled seabirds—and her guardian spirits—through an offshoot population on Kaua‘i.

    Book Review: Art Forms from the Abyss
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    Nineteenth-century illustrations highlight the beauty of planktonic life.

    Little Boats Made of Driftwood and Sealskin
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    Building small-scale replicas may have been a way for Aleutian boatbuilders to pass on skills. It also preserved history in miniature.

    Amplifying Data Through Art
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    Five artists who make meaning out of science by translating hard data from the world’s oceans.

    Stars, Stripes, and Palm Trees
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    How the humble postage stamp played a part in the Americanization of Hawai‘i.

    Book Review: Ed Ricketts from Cannery Row to Sitka, Alaska
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    Writers, relatives, and biologists reflect on the words and work of an iconic coastal character.

    Art and Accounting in the Age of Whaling
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    Hand-carved stamps helped whalers keep track of their catches and assess the success of their voyages.

    The Little Man Who Soared
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    On Haida Gwaii, indigenous artists carved portraits of the strange newcomers who landed on their shores.

    Beach Blanket Bloodbaths
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    What is summer without movies about the horrors of coastal living?

    Old Coast, New Coast: Rio de Janeiro
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    Botafogo Bay, a cornerstone of Rio since early colonial days, still looks lovely on the surface. The lead up to the 2016 Summer Olympics, however...

    Sea(side) Horses
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    These breeds owe their unique features to their coastal lifestyles.

    Bottoms Up
    Article - Short

    After years on the ocean floor, these five salvaged beverages were still drinkable—for better or for worse.

    Book Review: Water
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    A visual meditation on water’s power to sculpt the earth.

    Meals on Keels
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    Throughout history, dining at sea has called for creativity and a strong stomach.

    Racism and the Race to the North Pole
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    Once overlooked by white Americans, African American Arctic explorer Matthew Henson made an unforgettable impression on the Greenlandic Inuit.

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