Living Things

The Mittkaars
Features

Only a handful of salt makers in Goa, India, keep a 1,500-year-old tradition alive. What will happen when they throw down their rakes?

Dr. Eelgood
Article - Short

What happens when you give eels cocaine?

Big Bad Dottybacks
Article - Short

Predatory fish dress like their prey.

Tanked: Killer Whales in Captivity
Article - Short

A new study shows that killer whales kept for show live shorter lives than those that swim free.

Close Encounters with a Big Squid
Article - Short

Giant squid are so elusive they seem mythical. Here are five places that prove they’re real.

Stories from the Seven Seas
Article - Short

Coastal stories that washed up on our shore.

The Subterranean Cartographers
Article - Short

An intrepid team of scientists explores and maps the lava tubes of the Galapagos Islands.

Life Finds a Way
Article - Short

How will Japan’s new volcanic island turn green?

When Predators Collide
Article - Short

South African seals are feasting on blue sharks.

Five Aquarium Fish Best Left in the Ocean
Article - Short

For some fish, life in an aquarium dooms their very existence.

Glacier-Fed Life
Article - Short

Scientists are closing in on a whole new way of understanding the importance of glaciers.

Whooping Cranes vs. Big Oil
Article - Short

The last wild whooping cranes whoop, dance, and mate, oblivious to their greatest threat.

Bandits on the Beach
Features

What island raccoons tell us about fear. 

What Now, Walrus?
Features

The convergence of Inuit wisdom and scientific study is helping researchers begin to understand what a changing Arctic means for the walrus (and...

The Ghosts of Cannery Row
Features

Despite its picturesque beauty, Canada’s cannery row was straight out of the Industrial Revolution, with an added measure of racial segregation....

Catch, Borrow, Release
Video

A visionary small community on Canada’s west coast offers aquarium fans a new way to enjoy marine wildlife.

Hugh and the Boobies
Features

Like characters in a soap opera, boobies on a remote Mexican island cheat, kill, and jostle for power. One devoted researcher has been there to...

Australia’s Extremophile Coral Could Be Key to Saving the World’s Reefs
Article - Short

These resilient corals can handle conditions that would decimate other species.

Now It’s Personal
Features

They’re not just for restaurant suggestions. Personalization technologies can bring individual creatures right to your mobile device (and...

If You Feed Them, They Will Come
Features

Science writer Cameron Walker explores a strange disconnect in our relationship with marine animals.

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