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.
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Mission 31 shows how bold acts of exploration can bring attention to the plight of our oceans.
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We came to hear stories of marine protection from those making it happen: the local people.
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Reducing soil runoff during heavy rains can help preserve important reefs off the Hawaiian island.
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CI-New Caledonia’s director explains why this is a milestone for ocean conservation.
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Many attendees of the Global Oceans Action Summit are taking key steps to protect the largest place on Earth.
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When fish catch declined in their coastal town, these women were determined to find economic alternatives.
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A new study provides a much-needed mechanism to understand and manage Brazil’s waters.
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