Living Things

Have Scientists Been Overestimating our Toll on Reef Sharks?
Article - Short

New research suggests we’ve hurt reef shark populations much less than previously assumed.

Journey into the Plastisphere
Features

Plastic marine debris is one of the world’s newest ecosystems, and scientists have just begun to understand how microbes are settling into their...

The Immortal Life of Dorothy’s Jellies
Video

A scientist who first sent jellyfish into space reveals secrets to a life without aging.

Nice Egg, but What’s the Point?
Article - Short

Scientists have a new explanation for why guillemots lay such pointy eggs.

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...

Rich Dolphin, Poor Dolphin, Beggar Dolphin, Thief
Article - Short

Human activity turns dolphins into beggars and thieves. What does that mean for their social lives?

For Sale: Wild Russian Killer Whales
Features

As Westerners condemn live whale shows, Russia hunts and sells killer whales to Chinese amusement parks.

All You Can Eat Wings
Article - Short

Seabirds are the unintended victims of hungry humpback whales.

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?

The Little Shop of Wildlife Horrors
Features

The grim curios and taxidermic creations housed in the US wildlife repository provide clues about trends in wildlife smuggling. And in recent...

The Fish That Hunts with Flashlights Embedded in Its Face
Article - Short

Unlike creatures that use bioluminescence as camouflage, lures, or communication, the flashlight fish uses its headlamps for illumination.

Tracking the Scars of Dolphin-Shark Battles
Article - Short

It’s almost impossible to witness skirmishes between dolphins and sharks, so researchers look to their battle scars for clues.

Cuttlefish Brawl
Comic

Bif! Blam! Whack! Boom! When giant Australian cuttlefish convene to mate, males usually rely on visual displays to intimidate one another—but...

Book Review: Ice Bear
Article - Short

A richly illustrated book explores the cultural history of the Arctic’s iconic symbol: the polar bear. 

Luxury Living for Retired Whales
Article - Short

The Whale Sanctuary Project wants to build an ocean home for captive killer whales.

One Ocean, Many Killer Whale Cultures
Article - Short

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
Article - Short

Shark tourism is big business—but the money doesn’t always go where you’d think.

The Bounty of the Bone Pile
Features

Butchered whales lure polar bears and tourists to a coastal Alaskan town. So far, so good. Sort of.

Saving the Silverspot
Features

A team of scientists and land managers is racing to save a butterfly that depends on fragile coastal habitat.

Pinch Me
Features

In a Washington State lake, two of the most globally invasive crayfish species are duking it out. Should we step in?

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