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

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. 

Archaeological Find Puts Humans in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought
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New evidence suggests human presence in a Yukon cave during the last ice age 24,000 years ago.

Protecting Blue Whales by Predicting Where They’ll Be
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Researchers are using historical tracking data and environmental modeling to calculate where blue whales will congregate.

The 6,000-Year-Old Village

Traditional knowledge meets Western science on the central coast of British Columbia. 

Cruising into the Arctic’s Open Arms

As sea ice changes and the Northwest Passage becomes accessible, a luxury cruise ship descends on the small community of Ulukhaktok.

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.

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

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.

United We Fish!

Caught between depleted stocks, collapsing prices, and commercial trawlers, small-scale fishermen join forces to create new niche markets for...

Will Clashing Visions End the Harmony in Haifa, Israel?

How redeveloping neighborhoods in Haifa threatens its unique reputation for tolerance in a divisive country.

No Wool, No Vikings

The fleece that launched 1,000 ships.

Et Tu, Ocean?

The role of the sea in melting the Arctic.

Real Sunken Cities
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These five sunken cities testify to the risks of coastal life.

Coast Today, Toast Tomorrow
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Slumping shorelines, roving rivers, and exploding islands—five coastlines that I’m sure were here yesterday.

A Tale of Three Seafood Sandwiches

How hard is it for Americans to eat locally sourced seafood? 

Traversing the Seas
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For centuries, sailors used this low-tech tool to navigate the world’s oceans.

Book Review: The Western Flyer
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Whatever happened to the boat that starred in John Steinbeck’s The Log from the Sea of Cortez?

The Seal Hunters of Greenland: A Photo Essay
Photo Essay

Fewer Inuit youth than ever are learning how to become hunters in Greenland. What does it mean for their culture?