Fresh From The Blog

Bacteria are everywhere in the ocean. They live in the water, on virtually every living and non-living surface, and even inside other organisms. There are 1 million bacterial cells in every...
Traveling aboard the Charles W. Morgan, a 173-year-old whaling ship on its 38th Voyage, I’m struck by its paradox: this vessel which spent years chasing and killing whales is now helping us to...
Reef biologists over a certain age are haunted by memories of what glorious places Caribbean reefs once were. In our youth we studied them for all sorts of reasons but scarcely thought about...
  If you are a bird watcher you have probably heard of the Christmas Bird Count. The first one occurred on Christmas Day in 1900 at a variety of locations throughout North America, and it has...

For Educators

Throughout the site, check out 'For
Educators' on the left side of the page. There you will find lesson plans, activities, and resources related to the page topic.

Browse all Educator materials by clicking here:

Find More Lesson Plan At The Educator's Corner

Today's Catch

Storing Carbon for the Long Haul

Credit: Flickr user Bill & Mark Bell

What is blue carbon? It's a term used to describe the carbon that is captured from the atmosphere by ocean ecosystems, mainly coastal mangroves, seagrasses and salt marshes. These coastal areas can hold...

Beyond the Obituaries

Success Stories in Ocean Conservation

by Laura Brodbeck A special type of marine protected area (MPA) called a “no-take zone” bans the removal of marine life from designated areas. At first glance, they seem like a hard sell to...