History

Bottoms Up
Article - Short

After years on the ocean floor, these five salvaged beverages were still drinkable—for better or for worse.

In Australia, Flooding Is Already on the Rise
Article - Short

A new analysis shows flooding in southeastern Australia has nearly doubled since 1860. 

Meals on Keels
Article - Short

Throughout history, dining at sea has called for creativity and a strong stomach.

The Museum at the End of the World
Features

Natalie Goodall built a museum for rare marine mammals in one of the world’s least likely places for a scientific institution.

Racism and the Race to the North Pole
Article - Short

Once overlooked by white Americans, African American Arctic explorer Matthew Henson made an unforgettable impression on the Greenlandic Inuit.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Mask, It’s Puffin Man!
Article - Short

The past and future are in full flower on Kodiak Island as an indigenous culture reclaims its artistic roots.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Filipino Fishers Recount the Region’s Disappearing Species
Article - Short

Interviews with fishers reveal a long-term record of species change. 

Twilight for the Sawfish
Features

In West Africa, the sawfish was once a source of cultural pride and power. What happens to traditional African cultures as it disappears? 

Sperm Whales Have an “Eve”
Article - Short

New research reveals that every sperm whale in the world can be traced to a single female.

The Enduring Legacy of Josephine Tilden
Features

The trailblazing botanist established the Minnesota Seaside Station, on Vancouver Island’s Botanical Beach, and inspired generations of female...

A Coral Disease’s History, Discovered in a 19th-Century Encyclopedia
Article - Short

New research proves mothers-in-law don’t always give useless gifts.

Suddenly, a River Runs Through It
Article - Short

Some rivers naturally change course, often with little warning. Now scientists are learning how to predict their moves.

A Healing Walk on Arctic Ice
Features

A Cree man’s life-changing journey through Inuit territory.

Maggoty Meat Makes Mariners Mutiny
Article - Short

Rancid rations rile Russians: revolutionary rehearsal results.

Book Review: Franklin’s Lost Ship
Article - Short

An Arctic mystery is explored through lavish illustrations and narrative that bring the discovery to life.

The Guardian Angel of Swimming Children
Article - Short

Joe Fortes, Vancouver’s first official lifeguard, taught thousands of youngsters how to swim and saved more than 100 lives.

What Shall We Do With a Love Drunk Sailor?
Article - Short

Heading out to sea after five months in paradise was a no-go for the infamous mutineers aboard HMS Bounty.

A Modern-Day Viking Voyage
Article - Short

Celebrating the world’s longest-running parliament in style.

The Secret History of Bioluminescence
Features

Illuminating maps during war, guiding planes to safety, making genes and proteins visible—organisms get their glow on to help humans.

Where Dead Whales Go to Live
Video

Take a peek behind the scenes at the Smithsonian Institution’s marine mammal warehouses.

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