Pacific Ocean

California’s Surf Spots Are Heading for a Wipeout
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Rising sea level is transforming the coastline and causing iconic beaches to disappear.

Cambodia’s Dirty Business
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Three activists are living in exile following a campaign to expose Cambodia’s sand mining industry.

Here Be Tiny Dragons (and Other Micro Beasts)

Researchers reveal the microscopic life in between the grains of sediment.

The Lingering Legacy of the Nathan E. Stewart
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It’s been six months since the tug ran aground on the British Columbia coast, but local First Nations are still living with the repercussions.

Listen to How Loud the Sea Is

Our interactive sound map explores the busy marine soundscape, from kayaks to cruise ships. 

Biology Versus Bones: the Case of the Cape Flattery Fur Seal
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The fishing rights of Olympic Peninsula tribes hinge on solving the identity of Cape Flattery’s fur seals. 

The Wrong Whale In All The Right Ways
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New research reveals how the North Pacific’s wrong whale escaped exploitation during whaling’s heyday.

Have Scientists Been Overestimating our Toll on Reef Sharks?
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New research suggests we’ve hurt reef shark populations much less than previously assumed.

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.

Cannabis Chronnoisseurs Are Tapping the Budding Fish-Friendly Pot Business
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No longer forced to operate in the shadows, marijuana growers are learning to make their farming friendlier for fish. 

Book Review: Iep Jāltok
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A poetry collection explores the stories of the Marshallese people and the fallout of the US military’s nuclear testing on the islands.

Validating Tall Tales of Rogue Waves
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Analyzing more than two million waves gives researchers a better idea of how rogue waves are born.

From Vilified to Vindicated: the Story of Jacques Cinq-Mars
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How a toxic debate over the first Americans hobbled science for decades.

Is China’s Hands-Off Approach to Fisheries Producing More Fish?
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China’s fishers indiscriminately target predators as well as prey, putting different pressures on the ecosystem.

Proposed Policies Could Make America Overfished Again
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A new “fish bill” could weaken regulations that have helped fisheries recover across the United States.

Saving the Silverspot
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A team of scientists and land managers is racing to save a butterfly that depends on fragile coastal habitat.

Pinch Me
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In a Washington State lake, two of the most globally invasive crayfish species are duking it out. Should we step in?

Caller ID for Dolphins
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Researchers have developed an algorithm that identifies species by their calls and could help make population estimates.

Hawai‘i Is Being Overrun by Invasive Cannibals
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Hawai‘i’s invasive species are scavenging each other’s corpses, sustaining their takeover of the islands.

Why Whales Leap Into the Air
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After hundreds of hours of observations, we now know it’s true: breaching humpback whales are yelling.