Human Nature - Conservation International Blog » Oceans Exploring the vital connections between nature's well-being and our own. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:10:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 When We Explore the Deep Sea, We are Exploring for Our Own Survival Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:48:59 +0000 A diver explores the sea grass bed in Honduras. (© Joanne-Weston)In 1953, on the heels of a discovery of a second coelacanth specimen in the Comoros Islands off Madagascar’s coast, J.L.B. Smith, the man who described the species, wrote in the Times of London: “We have in the past assumed that we have mastery not only of the land but of the sea… We have not. Life goes on there just as it did from the beginning. Man’s influence is as yet but a passing shadow. This discovery means that we may find other fishlike creatures, supposedly extinct still living in the sea.” Unlike the coelacanth, which was thought to have gone extinct, we have known for centuries that giant squid have existed in our oceans’ depths. But unable to observe them alive in their deep sea home, we have understood very little about how they live, where they live and how they behave. That is, until 2012, when Drs. Edith Widder, Steve O'Shea and Tsunemi Kobodera filmedthe elusive and mysterious giant in its natural deep-sea habitat for the first time — a landmark moment in ocean exploration and an example of how technology and ingenuity can overcome the monumental challenges we face in exploring the deep. But it is a drop in the vast ocean-sized bucket of amazing discoveries waiting to be found.]]> 0 Small Islands, Giant Oceans: Q&A with President Tong of the Republic of Kiribati Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 President Anote Tong of KiribatiKiribati's newest announcement aims to regenerate a vital ocean area the size of California.]]> 1 Visiting the World’s Only Underwater Research Station Sun, 08 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 greg aquariusMission 31 shows how bold acts of exploration can bring attention to the plight of our oceans. ]]> 3 The Guardians of Raja Ampat: Community-Driven Conservation in Indonesia Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 children and giant clam shell, Raja Ampat, IndonesiaWe came to hear stories of marine protection from those making it happen: the local people.]]> 3 Finding Hope in a Degraded Mangrove Tue, 27 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 © Conservation International/photo by Marco QuesadaOn an island where opportunities are scarce, women are using trees to create new ones.]]> 0 Reviving ‘Lost’ Stream of Lānaʻi Could Be Good News for Coral Reefs Mon, 12 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Puʻu Pehe, Lanai, HawaiiReducing soil runoff during heavy rains can help preserve important reefs off the Hawaiian island.]]> 0 Vote to Help CI-Brazil’s “+ Sustainable Fisheries” Project Win a Google Grant Mon, 05 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 fisherman freediving for fish, BrazilWe want to develop a smartphone-based system to track how fish are sourced.]]> 1 New Caledonia Establishes World’s Largest Marine Park Thu, 01 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 fisherman, New CaledoniaCI-New Caledonia's director explains why this is a milestone for ocean conservation.]]> 16 Ocean Health Is Human Health Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 fisherman in BeninMany attendees of the Global Oceans Action Summit are taking key steps to protect the largest place on Earth. ]]> 2 Women’s Collective Revitalizes Costa Rican Island Community Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 © Annette FishelWhen fish catch declined in their coastal town, these women were determined to find economic alternatives.]]> 2