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The Power of Compassion
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Why humpback whales rescue seals and why volunteering for beach cleanups improves your health.

Peeping in on the Mile Deep Club
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Braving an Antarctic winter to catch Chilean sea bass in the act.

A Teen Whaler in the Age of Cyberbullies
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Internet death threats hound a young Alaskan after a successful hunt.

Hunger’s Children
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Fleeing the Irish Famine, some immigrants brought their islands with them to North America.

How Many Countries Does it Take to Save a Fish?
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All of them—which makes conservation difficult when your neighbors keep poaching.

Watts in the Water
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Our oceans contain enough energy to power the planet—if we could just get our hands on it.

Coastal Books to Keep the Kids Busy This Summer
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From the Shark Lady to refugees who traveled by sea, this season’s stories are sure to inspire.

The Lunar Sea
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The moon influences life in a surprising and subtle way: with its light.

In the Land of Lost Gardens
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Tireless in her quest, ethnobotanist Nancy Turner works with indigenous elders to preserve plant knowledge dating back to the First People in the...

Throwing Dead Fish for Fun and Ecological Profit
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Chucking chum and coho carcasses into a salmon-spawning stream supports more than just an ecosystem.

Here Be White Bears
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While dragons and other mythical beasts marked the charts of early mariners, Renaissance maps were illustrated with images—part fantasy and part...

When New York Harbor Is Your Classroom
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An unusual New York City public high school where the school bus is a ferry, teachers are called crew, and some classes are held underwater is...

The Shellfish Gene
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How shellfish farmers are leaning on genes to unmask the secrets of mussels, scallops, and oysters.

Reef Avengers
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Indonesia’s reefs have been poisoned or blasted to smithereens by the very people who depend on them the most. Now islanders are working to...

Drawing Meaning from Death, One Seabird at a Time
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In the Pacific Northwest, the diligence of citizen scientists is shedding light on the lives, and deaths, of seabirds.

Pool-landia
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For 70 years, Iceland has kept afloat the idea that mandatory swimming lessons save lives, but the policy doesn’t hold water.

Dam Busters
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A nascent environmental movement is liberating rivers and freeing fish.

Journey into the Plastisphere
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Plastic marine debris is one of the world’s newest ecosystems, and scientists have just begun to understand how microbes are settling into their...

An Ocean in the Parlor
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Home aquariums were the newest fad in the natural history-crazed Victorian era. Philip Henry Gosse wrote about it in the Atlantic Monthly...

For Sale: Wild Russian Killer Whales
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As Westerners condemn live whale shows, Russia hunts and sells killer whales to Chinese amusement parks.

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