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Psyche and the Seashore
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Why do we love—or fear—the ocean?

The Quest for an Archaeology of Sea Otter Tool Use
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Biologists are delving into the origins of sea otter tool use and why some sea otters become experts while others don’t bother.

Defenders of the Forgotten Fish
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Tribes of the Columbia River watershed are hustling to keep the Pacific lamprey alive, one fish at a time. 

Taming the Lionfish
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In the Caymans, local divers and scientists are finally making headway against invasive lionfish.

Time Travelers
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Could these be the oldest human footprints in North America? 

What I Wish My Father Had Taught Me About Fishing
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Or how modern sport fishing threatens a timeless tradition.

The Surfing Sculptor
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In Mahabalipuram, India, a fisherman turned surfer turned sculptor helps shape the region’s growing surf scene.

The Fisher Kings
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Along southern Florida’s coast, the ancient Calusa constructed an entire island of shell and defied the Spanish Conquest. 

Champion for Swordfish: Larry Sears
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Although he lost his life far too soon, this Nova Scotia fisherman left a lasting legacy—a sustainable swordfish fishery. 

The Mittkaars
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Only a handful of salt makers in Goa, India, keep a 1,500-year-old tradition alive. What will happen when they throw down their rakes?

Building a Private Titanic
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Engineers are struggling to keep up with demands from the megarich for ever-bigger megayachts.

The Brine Revolution
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Did lowly shellfish change the world?

Bandits on the Beach
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What island raccoons tell us about fear. 

A Sailing Farmer Steers Toward a Post-Carbon Future
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A Vermont farmer decides to reinvent how goods are shipped to market; will the shipping gods listen?

What Now, Walrus?
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The convergence of Inuit wisdom and scientific study is helping researchers begin to understand what a changing Arctic means for the walrus (and...

The Ghosts of Cannery Row
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Despite its picturesque beauty, Canada’s cannery row was straight out of the Industrial Revolution, with an added measure of racial segregation....

Land Divided, Coast United
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In Gaza and Israel, on the Mediterranean coast, a perennial optimist and an environmental organization work to overcome a border for the sake of...

The Paper Boats of Troy
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With the right design, paper and water can mix to make a floatable boat.

Hugh and the Boobies
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Like characters in a soap opera, boobies on a remote Mexican island cheat, kill, and jostle for power. One devoted researcher has been there to...

Now It’s Personal
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They’re not just for restaurant suggestions. Personalization technologies can bring individual creatures right to your mobile device (and...

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