Homeward bound: How do organisms navigate home?
Marine Life / Science / Science and Communication

Homeward bound: How do organisms navigate home?

During the holiday season many people travel to visit family and friends that live across the country or even the world. But in the New Year, we must get back to our normal lives: school, work, or whatever one does in their everyday life. Humans are traditionally visual navigators and have developed a variety of tools … Continue reading

Shark Conservation in St. Maarten
Guest Posts / Marine Life / Marine Preservation / Science and Communication / Scientists in Action! / Uncategorized

Shark Conservation in St. Maarten

Written by Emma Park. Emma is an undergraduate at UNC who spent her winter break working with The Ocean Foundation. Over part of winter break, I traveled to the eastern Caribbean to work with Hello Ocean, a nonprofit that showcases ocean conservation work through a series of online videos. I helped with the production of … Continue reading

Superstitions at Sea: Why Bananas are Bad Luck
Guest Posts / The HumanitSEAS

Superstitions at Sea: Why Bananas are Bad Luck

This guest post was written by Becky Fitzula.  Becky, although an NC State graduate, has fallen into ranks as the Public Communications Technician at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS). She has spent most of her time digging through the archives to discover the rich history surrounding IMS, but on occasion she has been … Continue reading

Oh Whale Shark, Where Art Thou?
Marine Life / Marine Preservation

Oh Whale Shark, Where Art Thou?

Once again, it’s Shark Week on Discovery Channel. As a marine scientist I can’t condone the unholy union of fact and fiction which has seemed to characterize this year’s programming (see “Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine” and “Megalodon: The Shark That Lives”), but I can’t deny that sharks are pretty awesome. Despite evidence that a … Continue reading

Film Friday: Becoming a Shark
Marine Life / Podcasts and Videos

Film Friday: Becoming a Shark

If you ever played Sharks & Minnows in your middle school pool party days, you’ve mimicked recent research from the University of Hawaii and University of Tokyo: seeing the world from the perspective of a shark. But whereas your swimming pool shark was single-mindedly trying to “catch fish,” it turns out that actual sharks’ schedules … Continue reading

Shark cull in Western Australia: When policy laughs in the face of logic
Energy, News, and Climate / Policy / Science

Shark cull in Western Australia: When policy laughs in the face of logic

By now I’m sure you’ve heard that the government of Western Australia has decided to pursue a shark cull. The government supported program allows for the killing of sharks in Western Australian waters, including threatened Great Whites. There have been reports of people shooting sharks, but most of the culling will be done be baiting … Continue reading