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One Ocean, Many Killer Whale Cultures
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Iceland’s killer whale society is more fluid than that of their northeast Pacific peers.

In the Bahamas, Sharks Are Worth More Alive than Dead
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Shark tourism is big business—but the money doesn’t always go where you’d think.

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.

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.

The Effects of Invasive Pythons Slither through the Everglades
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Pythons may be setting off a cascade of ecosystem changes. 

Arctic Shipping Traffic Has Been Rising for Decades
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The opening of the Arctic Ocean is not a new phenomenon.

For Sharks, Even Catch and Release Can Kill
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Conservation-minded fishermen are doing more damage than they intend.

Hark! A Sea Monster! (Oh, No, Just a Dying Whale)
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All those strange sea monster sightings in days of yore? This may be the best explanation yet.

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.

Snakes That Swim with Salmon
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Snakes’ wide-ranging diet and ability to slither into all manner of habitats lead to unexpected human-wildlife interactions.

What Happens When an Endangered Whale Pod Loses its Wise Old Grandma?
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With the death of Granny, the matriarch of the northeast Pacific’s southern resident killer whales, a century’s worth of knowledge and leadership...

Political Suppression of Science: Lessons from Canada
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Canadian scientists are lending support to worried American peers. 

Global Warming Is Changing How the Ocean Carries Sound
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Scientists are using an underwater drone to study a mysterious new sound channel in the Beaufort Sea.

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

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.

Competition Pressured Killer Whales into Menopause
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Selfish daughters, not altruistic grandmothers, could explain the evolution of menopause.

Tapping the Freshwater Ocean Under the Sea
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Vast stores of fresh water exist deep beneath the seafloor—but who gets to decide how they’re used?

Diving into El Niño’s Past
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A 7,000-year temperature record pulled from ancient coral suggests El Niño is getting worse. 

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