What’s Inside A Puffer Fish?

If there’s one thing you know about puffer fish, it’s that they can do this. When aggravated by a predator, they, you know, puff up. Some puffers, like the porcupine fish, become a bona fide spike ball, moving through the water seemingly out of control. But if you peer inside a puffer, you’ll learn that…

4ocean Partnership | FAU® Marine Research Lab

This whole facility has sea turtles in it for part of the season, and the sea turtles are here specifically so we can help understand the impacts of the environment on the health of the animals, their sex ratios, and how that changes over time. 4Ocean’s been very involved in helping us move our conservation…

How Seeker Will Collect The Most Extensive Data Set of the Pacific Ocean | The Swim

THIS IS THE ACCOMPLISHED LONG-DISTANCE SWIMMER, BEN LECOMTE, JUST A FEW DAYS INTO THE MOST GRUELING AND EXCITING SWIM OF HIS LIFE. FOR EIGHT HOURS A DAY, BEN IS CHIPPING AWAY AT MORE THAN 5,000 MILES OF PACIFIC OCEAN THAT LIE AHEAD OF HIM. HIS TRANS-PACIFIC SWIM IS NOT ONLY MOTIVATED BY ADVENTURE BUT ALSO…

The 6 Craziest Extinctions Ever

Over 99% of the animal species that have ever lived are now extinct. And sometimes, an event occurs causing changes so drastic that most species are completely wiped out within a short period of time. So here are the 5 most incredible mass extinctions ever to occur, and a look at whether the 6th might…

How One of NASA’s Deep Space Challenges Could Be Solved in the Ocean | The Swim

Crossing the Pacific to raise awareness for ocean health may have more in common with a long-term space mission than you’d think. BEN: Even if it’s high seas and lots of waves in the water, I’m just bobbing up and down like a little cork, and I don’t feel the motion of the ocean, really.…

Could the Biggest Ocean Recording Ever Made Redefine Marine Science? | The Swim

You’re hearing these dolphins use high-pitched clicks and whistles to navigate a world of obstacles, danger, and prey with their pods. But these spirited signals are in jeopardy of being drowned out as the ocean gets noisier every year. PAUL: When we saw those dolphins, and put the hydrophone in the water, I almost cried.…

4ocean Partnerships | Ocean Conservancy

While there are a lot of issues and challenges facing our ocean, ocean plastics is one of the more simple ones. Ocean plastics actually is not an ocean problem – it is a people problem. That means we were the problem. That also means we are the solution and we all have a role to…

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Not What You Think It Is | The Swim

SCENES LIKE THIS ARE A DAILY REALITY FOR THE CREW OF SEEKER ON THEIR PACIFIC TREK. SOME ESTIMATES HOLD THAT BY 2050, THERE COULD BE AS MUCH PLASTIC AS THERE ARE FISH IN THE OCEAN. BUT WHAT IS ALL THIS JUNK, EXACTLY? WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? AND IS IT REALLY CONCENTRATED IN A GIANT…

Inside America’s Only Beluga Caviar Farm

This is a baby beluga sturgeon, just about 1 year old. If everything goes as planned, in about nine years its eggs will be harvested for caviar, which in today’s market can sell for up to $35,000 per kilogram. We visited one of the largest beluga farms in the world to find out how this…

The Ocean is Way Deeper Than You Think

The ocean is really, really deep, deeper, in fact, than most of us realize. If you were to shave off all of the land from the tops of every continent and island in the world and fill up the ocean’s deepest points with that land, then the entire earth would be covered in an ocean…