History

The Path of the Unseen Whale
Article - Short

Just as a hunter leaves a trail in the snow, a whale forms prints on the water’s surface.

Pool-landia
Features

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

Biology Versus Bones: the Case of the Cape Flattery Fur Seal
Article - Short

The fishing rights of Olympic Peninsula tribes hinge on solving the identity of Cape Flattery’s fur seals. 

An Ocean in the Parlor
Features

Home aquariums were the newest fad in the natural history-crazed Victorian era. Philip Henry Gosse wrote about it in the Atlantic Monthly...

The Fisheries Scientist Who Saw the Future
Article - Short

Why are we still struggling to implement recommendations for fisheries management made nearly 150 years ago?

From Vilified to Vindicated: the Story of Jacques Cinq-Mars
Features

How a toxic debate over the first Americans hobbled science for decades.

A Renaissance Field Guide to Fantastical Fish
Article - Short

Dutch fisherman Adriaen Coenen’s visual masterpiece chronicled the ocean’s denizens, real and imagined.

A Synagogue with a Floor of Sand
Features

Sand covering the sanctuary floor in a Curaçao synagogue muffles sound, but speaks volumes to the history of Judaism in the Caribbean.

The Unforgettable Pia Arke
Features

Ever heard of Arctic hysteria? Neither did this Danish-Greenlandic artist until 1995, and then she forever changed the way we view Arctic...

Hark! A Sea Monster! (Oh, No, Just a Dying Whale)
Article - Short

All those strange sea monster sightings in days of yore? This may be the best explanation yet.

The Origins of Ghana’s Iconic Black Star Line
Article - Short

The focal point of the African nation’s flag was inspired by the name of its first shipping line.

How to Fund an Expedition
Features

Charles Francis Hall had the courage to explore the Arctic—and the savvy to get the wealthy to pay for it.

The Uncertain Future of Puffin for Dinner
Features

Hunting and eating puffins are Icelandic traditions. But for how much longer?

Archaeological Find Puts Humans in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought
Article - Short

New evidence suggests human presence in a Yukon cave during the last ice age 24,000 years ago.

Claiming a Slice of Ice with the Help of Some Stamps
Article - Short

Sixty years ago, a humble post office helped New Zealand stake a claim in Antarctica.

Book Review: An Intimate Wilderness
Article - Short

In his memoir, Norman Hallendy recounts his journeys—spanning almost 50 years—with the people and landscape of Canada’s Arctic.

The Secret Language of Salmon Skin Coats
Article - Short

From keeping one dry to securing a life partner, these ancient garments served many purposes.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Port
Article - Short

Before he was seasonal, he was seagoing.

New CCGS Sir John Franklin Gets Frosty Reception
Article - Short

A new Canadian research ship will be named after John Franklin—but is that really a good idea?

Forget Fiberglass, This Surfing Champion Rides Reeds
Video

An ancient Peruvian tradition of building and paddling reed boats is kept alive by a small group of fishermen, including Juninho Urcia, a...

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