East Asia

For Sale: Wild Russian Killer Whales
Features

As Westerners condemn live whale shows, Russia hunts and sells killer whales to Chinese amusement parks.

Is China’s Hands-Off Approach to Fisheries Producing More Fish?
Article - Short

China’s fishers indiscriminately target predators as well as prey, putting different pressures on the ecosystem.

Radioactive Refuges
Article - Short

A heavily-exploited Japanese fish found sanctuary after the 2011 Fukushima earthquake. 

Oft-Overlooked Jellyfisheries Are Too Big to Ignore
Article - Short

Jellyfish fisheries are booming, but we still don’t know if they’re a good idea.

The Ugly Mermaid
Article - Short

Long before Mary Shelley dreamed up Frankenstein, Japanese fishermen were cobbling together the ugliest mermaid monsters you’ll ever see.

The Japanese Art of Sharing News
Article - Short

A mélange of art, news, and propaganda, woodblock prints spread the word on everything from tsunamis to the latest fashion.

Godzilla’s Island Origin
Article - Short

Cinema’s classic coastal creature invades North America for an eight-day rampage.

A Sunken Bridge the Size of a Continent
Features

A remote Arctic land may hold a vital missing chapter from human history. The only problem? It disappeared at the end of the last ice age.

Attack of the Cartographic Land Octopus
Article - Short

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

China's Relentless Campaign to Pave the Coast
Article - Short

In China, coastal development comes at a high cost.

Suddenly, a River Runs Through It
Article - Short

Some rivers naturally change course, often with little warning. Now scientists are learning how to predict their moves.

No-Show Pacific Ocean Humpbacks Stump Scientists
Article - Short

In winter breeding grounds like Hawai‘i and Mexico, migrating humpback whales arrived later, left earlier, and showed up in fewer numbers than...

An Epic Migration along the Bottom of the Sea
Article - Short

The creatures that dwell on deep-sea hydrothermal vents have only a tenuous connection to life on other vents.

Clawing Their Way to Victory
Article - Short

Research suggests fiddler crabs with regenerated claws have distinct fighting strategies.

Okinawa’s Elders Rage Against the Marines
Features

The US military finds a surprising adversary on a small, strategic island in the East China Sea.

To Ease the South China Sea Dispute, Look to the Arctic
Article - Short

Political scientists offer a legal model to move the region forward.

Film Reviews: Debris and Lost & Found
Article - Short

Two films follow the fate of marine debris from the 2011 tsunami in Tohoku, Japan.

Old Coast, New Coast: Hong Kong
Article - Short

Victoria Peak has long been a prime spot from which to witness Hong Kong’s dizzying evolution.

Feeding the World, One Fish Head at a Time
Article - Short

Entrepreneurs and governments are trying to make use of the whole fish.

China Has a Microplastic Pollution Problem
Article - Short

On Chinese beaches, researchers found microplastic concentrations thousands of times higher than in some other countries.

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