Living Things

The Seed for Disease Is Blowing in the Wind
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Saharan dust plumes link ecosystems across the globe, but these connections can be deadly.

Sperm Whales Have an “Eve”
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New research reveals that every sperm whale in the world can be traced to a single female.

A Coral Disease’s History, Discovered in a 19th-Century Encyclopedia
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New research proves mothers-in-law don’t always give useless gifts.

Scientists Discover a Likely Hammerhead Shark Nursery
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Endangered scalloped hammerhead sharks are thriving in Fiji’s Rewa River.

Hawai‘i’s War on the Weeds
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Researchers are conducting an air raid on one of the world’s most invasive plants.

Banned From Some Indonesian Waters, Shark Fishers Simply Move Elsewhere
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Without a clear path to alternate sources of income, shark fishers are displaced, not dissuaded.

No-Show Pacific Ocean Humpbacks Stump Scientists
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In winter breeding grounds like Hawai‘i and Mexico, migrating humpback whales arrived later, left earlier, and showed up in fewer numbers than...

On the Trail of Whales
Features

Forget the engines: shore-based whale watching takes off.

Human-Grizzly Conflict Is Fueled by Desperation
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Research shows that limited marine food supply drives bears into conflict with humans in British Columbia.

Book Review: A Sea of Glass
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A professor of ecology and evolutionary biology details the quest to uncover living matches to 19th-century glass models.

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

Turtle Voyeurs
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An eye in the sky has revealed secrets of sea turtle courtship.

Book Review: Sex in the Sea
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A PG-rated peek at the sex lives of sea creatures.

Breeding Dory
Features

When Finding Nemo was released, clownfish became the latest trendy pet. Now, as Finding Dory is about to hit the big screen,...

Where Dead Whales Go to Live
Video

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

Crocodiles Rising
Features

In the Northern Territory of Australia, policymakers and biologists managed the impossible—making the benefits of living with a booming population...

The Tricky Hunting Tactics of Dolphins
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A question passed down from an amateur naturalist to a graduate student spawned a decade-long bond, and uncovered new secrets of dolphin behavior...

When Beach Nourishment Kills
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Beneath San Diego’s pristine beaches, intertidal invertebrates are struggling to survive.

Death by a Thousand Ship Strikes
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The Canary Island’s sperm whales are (slowly) being wiped out by ship strikes. 

An Epic Migration along the Bottom of the Sea
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The creatures that dwell on deep-sea hydrothermal vents have only a tenuous connection to life on other vents.

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