Whale Graveyard
Whale Graveyard
On a remote peninsula in Chile, over three hundred sei whales beached themselves. An expedition is setting off to recover some of the bones

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On Monday, February 6, 2017, around 1:30 a.m. CST, a sonic boom shook residents of the Midwest as a bright green fireball streaked through the night sky. The sound was that of a meteor, nearly the size of a minivan, entering our atmosphere. After its fall to Earth, radar spotted the end of its journey over Lake Michigan, approximately 10 miles off the coast of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Teen explorers from Chicago, led by scientists from the Adler Planetarium's Far Horizons program, The Shedd Aquarium, and The Field Museum, team up to take on this Underwater ROV Meteorite Hunt. Interested explorers wanted!
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Hawksbill sea turtles are particularly threatened in the Eastern Pacific ocean, with only 500 nesting females left in the whole region. We have discovered that a small population of juvenile hawksbill sea turtles uses the rocky reefs around the waters of Costa Rica to feed and grow. Join me as I explore the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, studying these animals, following their movements, and working with the local communities to ensure the survival of this species.
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The Strategic Mobilization of Autonomous Research Technologies for Bay Assessment, Restoration, and Conservation. This pilot project will address the need for a program that combines technologies with persistent outreach and education, focusing on citizen scientists and students, engendering community involvement and activity. This approach supports a road-map towards a Chesapeake bay holistic 4D assessment such that restoration and conservation can better support the ecology and economy of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This program is designed such that it fulfills this need and lays a foundation for continual outreach and community engagement by bringing together technology subject matter experts from public and private sectors as educators and infuse development and deployment skills needed to continue restoring the Chesapeake Bay to a vibrant and strong economically sound biologically diverse ecosystem.
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In August 2019, Riparia will bring 10 diverse young Canadian women on a five-day canoe expedition to the Poisson Blanc Regional Park to learn about freshwater science, and help document the status of local freshwater ecosystems.
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Utilizing a collaborative-participatory approach to map and explore remote mountainous areas of Armenia.
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We're excited to study the habitat and other ecosystem services provided by restorative ocean polyculture and explore ocean polyculture as a vehicle for kelp restoration and conservation.
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The Mangrove Killifish
The main goal of this expedition is to disentangling the distribution of the mangrove amphibious killifish, amazing and tiny estuarine fish that live in magrove forest pools. Our focus now is in the mouth of the Amazon river.

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I want to thank our rope access technician, José Martínez. He is co-founder of HRS (Hard Rigging Solutions). This company is comprised by SPRAT* and IRATA* technicians, commited to perform high quality rope access with security as a premise. They are focused on show business rigging** even though they have experience in all sorts of vertical jobs. We can confirm the later by the amazing work done in the field. HRS is commited to change rope access, particularly rigging, in Mexico, a country where, unfortunately working conditions for vertical workers are precarious and working rights are non-existent. Law states that anyone with a helmet and a harness can do rope access. This leads to serious non documented accidents and deaths per year. Sadly in this country, big companies will rather save some money and pay non certified workers to do the jobs, and companies like HRS, that want to make things right by having prepared people and safety protocols, are disregarded. I invite you to promote local business like this. So... If you ever need rope access for any of your projects don't hesitate to contact this guys!! Facebook Page: https://m.facebook.com/Hard-Rigging-Solutions-HRS-338694383615613/ The Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) is a member-driven organization that advances the safe use of rope access through education, standards development, and certification administration. (https://sprat.org)) **IRATA is an acronym for the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association, that was formed in the UK in the late 1980’s, to solve maintenance challenges in the offshore oil and gas industry. (https://irata.org/page/about-us)) * HRS has worked for famous artists like Roger Waters, Rammstein, Slayer, etc; music festivals like EDC; fanous shows like Cirque di Soleil and Disney events, among many others. rigger profile: Someone able to provide rigging services to protect persons at, or close to, exposed drops (using a harness and techniques for work restraint, work in suspension or fall arrest), to rescue persons stuck at height, or to haul / lower relatively light production equipment. The range of rigging services involved includes industrial rope access, tree work, caving, rock climbing, mountaineering, canyoneering, etc. each having their own specialist equipment and techniques, and therefore differing skillsets and experience.
Nossa próxima exploradora é prata da casa, a mineira Marília. Marília Teixeira Cordeiro tem 28 anos e é Consultora de Organização e Produtividade. Ela garantiu a última vaga da expedição graças a um compromisso que foi adiado e agora embarca conosco rumo ao terceiro pico mais alto do Brasil. “Para esse ano, decidi que estou aberta a experimentar: novos lugares, novas conexões e novas aventuras. Estou com um desejo forte de sair do comum e me conectar com a natureza e comigo mesma. Nada melhor que estar acompanhada por um grupo de pessoas que também está aberto a isso, em um local tão bonito e que não conheço! Estou super empolgada para essa expedição!” Marília, que você tenha uma experiência incrível e consiga se conectar com o que busca para esse ano.
Our marine research team had a very successful field expedition aboard Shedd’s R/V Coral Reef II in The Bahamas at the end of March. The team split into four research groups focusing on corals, lobster, parrotfish and sharks. The groups focusing on sharks and lobster were also able to tie in some of our Nassau grouper research as they worked. Dr. Andy Kough, research biologist at Shedd Aquarium, led the lobster team. He was focusing on collecting information on how many spiny lobster were present throughout select locations and how big each was. To do so, he used a special underwater tool called laser-video calipers, which were on loan to Shedd Aquarium from Dr. Brice X. Semmens, associate professor in the Marine Biology Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF). The laser-video calipers consist of two parallel lasers with a camera mounted in-between them. With the camera filming, a diver works to get the lasers pointed on an object of interest, like the hard upper shell of a spiny lobster called a carapace. The video can later be turned into still images, and since the laser dots are a known distance apart, we can measure the object the lasers are on. This method can also be used to collect the length of fish, although it is a little trickier since fish move quickly and the laser dots can spook them! To use the laser-video calipers on fish like Nassau grouper, the fish needs to be parallel to the camera (perpendicular to the lasers) to ensure we capture the total length of the fish, or the measurement from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail, or caudal fin. Dr. Kough and his colleagues were able to measure 71 Nassau grouper with these laser-video calipers. This included fish from inside the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park and some outside to the north and south of the park. Most fish were around 50 cm total length, which means they are most likely sexually mature fish, but they also find some fish as small as 20 cm! These smaller fish are probably between 1 and 2 years old, perhaps spawned over the winter from 2018 to 2019. Finding fish this small is really exciting, because it indicates the presence of an active spawning aggregation relatively nearby that had successful recruits into the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. In total, the team spent 831 minutes diving outside the park and 580 minutes diving inside the park. That’s almost a full day underwater! We’re looking forward to spending more time underwater and in the field this spring. During our next expedition back to The Bahamas this May, we’ll be bringing a group of Chicago-area college students to participate in our research! Stay tuned for more debriefing from the field team.

Pristine Seas

Exploring and protecting the last wild places in the ocean