History

The Unexpected Discovery of Anaphylaxis
Article - Short

How the sting of the Portuguese man-of-war led to one of the most significant medical advances rooted in oceanographic work.

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

Old Coast, New Coast: Petty Harbour, Newfoundland
Article - Short

Remembering and revitalizing the “rooms” of a fishing village.

The Collateral Damage of Yankee Whaling
Infographic

New research shows that 100,000 dead whales were just the tip of the iceberg. 

When History Washes Ashore
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Rubber duckies now, duckey stones then: lost cargo from the pre-plastic generation.

Two Sides of One Mask
Article - Short

A painted wooden clam mask celebrates the home and history of the Heiltsuk First Nation.

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

How British Columbia’s Coastal People Fertilized the Forest
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Indigenous people’s castoff clamshells made the forest grow bigger. 

Little Boats Made of Driftwood and Sealskin
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Building small-scale replicas may have been a way for Aleutian boatbuilders to pass on skills. It also preserved history in miniature.

Do Ancient Shipwrecks Stand a Chance?
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Fishing trawlers are destroying ancient shipwreck sites.

Stars, Stripes, and Palm Trees
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How the humble postage stamp played a part in the Americanization of Hawai‘i.

Book Review: Ed Ricketts from Cannery Row to Sitka, Alaska
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Writers, relatives, and biologists reflect on the words and work of an iconic coastal character.

Ticked Off on Martha’s Vineyard
Features

Forget rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, you’re more likely to get Lyme disease on the island.

Art and Accounting in the Age of Whaling
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Hand-carved stamps helped whalers keep track of their catches and assess the success of their voyages.

The Little Man Who Soared
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On Haida Gwaii, indigenous artists carved portraits of the strange newcomers who landed on their shores.

Old Coast, New Coast: Rio de Janeiro
Article - Short

Botafogo Bay, a cornerstone of Rio since early colonial days, still looks lovely on the surface. The lead up to the 2016 Summer Olympics, however...

Rio, the Olympics, and Broken Promises
Features

Before the games even begin in Brazil’s most famous coastal city, there are winners and losers.

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

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