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There is far too little exploration of the wonders of the deep sea, but there is one very high profile expedition going on now and you can watch it live! Dr. Robert Ballard, the National Geographic Explorer in Residence who discovered the Titanic, and his Exploration Vehicle (E/V) Nautilus, is currently exploring for the first time the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) to acquire baseline information on deep-sea and mesophotic habitat. You can see what they are finding in real-time (though it is halfway around the world), just click here. They recently completed their exploration of Kingman Reef, Palmyra Atoll, and Jarvis Island within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. And what’s ahead is even more exciting — Tuesday National Geographic announced that they are teaming up with Dr. Ballard and the E/V Nautilus on an expedition later this year to find Emelia Earhart.
What happened to Amelia Earhart? 82 years after her tragic end, Dr. Robert Ballard, best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic shipwreck, is embarking on a mission to solve the mystery of her disappearance. #ExpeditionAmeliapic.twitter.com/QoaHQNr20A
Today marks the 4th birthday of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument which was created by President Obama in 2016. The monument is the first fully protected marine area in the US Atlantic Ocean and is special because it home to precious marine ecosystems and species like fragile deep-sea corals, diverse schools of fish […]
by Dr. Gareth Lawson The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument holds a special place in my heart. This monument, designated by President Obama four years ago this week, protects crucial marine habitats for incredible species, from whales to corals, along the edge of the New England continental shelf. Unfortunately, this monument is currently […]
The New York Times reported late last week that federal prosecutors are pressing charges against a ring of a dozen people and two businesses on opposite coasts for running a multimillion-dollar organization involved in international money laundering, drug trafficking, and illegal wildlife trade in shark fins.
Why This Matters: As the World Wildlife Fund reports, around 100 million sharks may be killed annually for their fins and many are sold on the black market. Illegal wildlife trafficking is growing because international criminal networks are able to exploit weaknesses and gaps in international law enforcement.
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