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Before the Ice Melts
Until the 1970s, the Arctic was considered a desert. We knew of polar bears and Right Whales, but were still fairly ignorant about life beneath the pack ice.
Coral Threats Require Global Solutions
For some 90 nations that depend on coral communities, diving and other reef-related tourism are a source of prosperity and hope for the future.
Cruise Ships in Hot Water
In the course
of a one-week cruise, hundreds of thousands
of gallons of waste is dumped directly into
Beyond the Cage
A decade ago, I was privileged to lead a film team that observed Great White Sharks off Dangerous Reef in South Australia. For six months we tracked them, filmed them and sought to learn their ways.
We All Live Downstream
It’s one of the most basic lessons in ecology: everyone is downstream from someone else.
Looking for Lessons in Coral Bleaching
This spring, I spent some time in Fiji, and my stay happened to coincide with a major coral bleaching event.
Comeback of the Black Sea Bass
Hunted nearly to extinction, fishing for these gigantic animals was banned in 1982, both commercial and sport. Now they’re coming back.
Human impact Test Sanctuary Ideas
Marine sanctuaries are a good idea. They give marine species a safe haven and offer scientists an opportunity to study the effects of human impacts on wild ecosystems.
Castaways of the Millennium
Introduced species, exotics, bioinvaders—these terms all refer to the same major phenomenon: organisms on the move from one place to another.
California Tidepools Loved to Death?
Tidepools are one of the standout features of the California coast.
Diving with Devilfish
The lagoons of Baja California are legendary. California Gray Whales have birthed and nursed at the end of their seasonal migrations since time immemorial.
The Legacy of Divings Founding Fathers
Their story begins far from the sea, in the mining town of Espalion in central France. In the mid-19th century, cave-ins and floods were common in the mines, and miners often suffocated on poisonous gases.
Summer of Salmon
In the Pacific Northwest, the salmon is an ancient symbol of abundance. But this king of the open stream increasingly has feet of clay.
It’s a Brave New World for Water
For the last half of the last century, my family was driven to articulate a simple theme: humanity takes water for granted.
Does Trade Protect the Environment?
Will the World Trade Organization's report, 'Trade and the Environment' bring about a positive change?
Powering the Future
Imagine a world of nine to 11 billion people. That’s what we will be living in by the year 2050, according to projections compiled by the United Nations.
Millennium--The Marine Environment: A Look Back, A Look Ahead
Al Hornsby was privileged to talk with Dr. Sylvia Earle and Jean-Michel Cousteau about the marine environment and the profound changes that have occurred in the last century, and what we have to look forward to in the new millennium.
Tuna—The Lords of the Sea
Like the other Lords of the Sea…many species of tuna are also in deep trouble.
The Not-So-Silent World
We divers know that the sea is a noisy place, full of noisy animals...
Hope for Sharks—And People
Earlier this year, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Committee on Fisheries met in Rome to discuss one of the most challenging—and depressing—issues confronting humanity: the decline in ocean productivity.
Family Dive Vacation
Well, it happened. A few short years ago your only thoughts about your next vacation were the bar, a little local cuisine, maybe some music, a full moon and...well you get the idea.
Shark Diving with the Duchess
Would I be willing to guide the Duchess of York on an undersea adventure involving sharks? The risks were there, but I agreed at once.
Into the Communication Age
...scientists, conservationists, fishermen and representatives of government and the military got together and discussed their varying interests with regard to the sea.
Rendezvous with a Diving Pioneer
Recently I had an unexpected encounter with one of the pioneers of undersea exploration-Jacques Piccard. Piccard is now 70 years old, white-haired but still robust and enthusiastic.
Free Willy-For Real
Keiko was not doing well. Viral lesions covered large areas of his skin. He was underweight and his dorsal fin was completely bent over, atrophied from years in captivity.
Diving For Fun
Why do we dive? we go to a lot of effort to get into the water...
Largest U/W Cleanup of All Time
The sponsors of Ocean Fest, a weekend diving event held in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, have enlisted the services of more than 20 Florida based dive operators to host the Largest U/W Cleanup of All Time.
Widening Our Horizons
As we move from the Year of the Reef into the Year of the Oceans, divers may begin to feel spoiled.
Philippe Taillez, Dive Pioneer
From inside the French Navy, Captain Taillez worked tirelessly to advance diving. Taillez was instrumental in the physiological research that led to the training and outfitting of frogmen and commandos on scuba.
Awareness, Responsibility and Education
Where can you go to channel your energy and take an active role in the preservation of the environment?
New Frontiers of Inner Space
Unlike Star Trek and (so far) the Mars mission, we are actually discovering new creatures in environments once thought too harsh to sustain life...
Economy & Ecology
The Year of the Ocean is moving into the final quarter and weve all been deluged with a single unsettling message: The pressure on the undersea environment is heavy and real.
Divers Can Do!
Recounted herein is a success story; one in which divers decided something they valued had to be saved and found a way to do so.
The Twilight Transition
Choreographed and orchestrated with the precision of an elaborate Broadway musical, myriad players on coral reefs around the world flawlessly perform their daily roles in the oceans carefully scripted play.
It is the specialization of sight among fish that gives a unique excitement to snorkeling at different times of day, especially during the transitional hours of dusk.
Rush Hour on the Reef:
If youve never snorkeled at dusk, youre missing half the action. In the fading illumination snorkelers can view the reef in an entirely new light.