It can be hard to truly appreciate how great a year is without taking time to stop and reflect upon it. As we start 2022, I decided to jump on the “best nine photos” of the year social media trend, and I was blown away by what an incredible year of adventure 2021 was! Definitely, a lot more than nine photos, that’s for sure.
Faint blue lights were spotted throughout the snow in the Russian Arctic during the holiday season. What causes this natural phenomenon?
When visiting Georgia Aquarium, you may see our southern sea otters playing with toy keys, Kongs ™, and carwash kelp, or maybe you’ve seen them lounging in a kiddie pool filled with ice. These are all environmental enrichment devices and are essential to the care and health of our animals.
Oceans rely on their largest species, especially whales, to recycle and regenerate ecosystems. Studies at Stanford University identify the whale as an animal that recharges its own food sources and recycles carbon. Now researchers think they have found a way to seed plankton and krill numbers that will boost whale populations and restore fading sea life.
One of the world’s rarest sea lion species was driven into near extinction after being targeted by hunters. Now, New Zealand sea lions are repopulating the coasts– surprising locals in unexpected places.
Nature photography is often about storytelling, and not just making pretty pictures (though it's important to make time to do just that, too!). And the Oceano Dunes have quite the story.
Large wildfires are becoming more frequent as the planet warms and the heat, smoke, and gases they generate add to climate change. What is less well known is they can create their own weather. In 2021, California’s Dixie Fire generated its own giant storm clouds, lightning, and fiery whirlwinds.
The blue whale is the biggest animal on Earth, but it’s not Earth’s biggest life form. No, the blue whale pales in comparison to the actual largest living thing on the planet: the humongous fungus.
Researchers found the first nonhuman animal that can keep a beat.
That’s the equivalent of a human losing and growing back a tooth every day.
Unnatural selection: After being targeted by ivory poachers in Mozambique, elephants are being born without tusks at an increasing rate.
It’s an unusually calm morning for Captain Jim Smith, owner of Ventura Dive & Sport, and lifelong seaman. He’s on board the Raptor, ferrying a boatload of divers and snorkeling enthusiasts over to the Channel Islands, an archipelago of islands that are anchored just off the Southern Californian coast, in the stunningly remote Channel Islands National Park.
One morning earlier this spring, a young male manatee was found stranded, starving, and distressed on the beach of the Palm Coast.
Baby greater sac-winged bats show similarities to human babies in the way they string together syllabus before they can learn to “talk.”
Yellowstone was created by President Theodore Roosevelt, when the American West wasn’t under the expansive urban sprawl that is enduring today. Yet the foresight of protecting the place for “future generations” became a hallmark of America. As we celebrate the last 150 years, I wonder what it means to preserve Yellowstone (or any national park) for the next 150 years and beyond. What does the word “generations” mean? Generations of wildlife? People?