Marine Life


Boaters Urged to Reduce Speed to Avoid Whale Strikes

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Marine officials are urging boaters to observe voluntary speed limits, to prevent them from striking whales that pass through mid-Atlantic waters.


The Leonard Lopate Show

What's Killing all the Starfish?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In some cases, sea star arms have been documented crawling away from the body of the invertebrate, disemboweling it. Gross.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why So Many Dolphins are Dying in NY and NJ

Monday, August 19, 2013

Dolphins are dying or being stranded in high numbers this summer along the mid-Atlantic coast, and New Jersey is seeing particularly high rates. Mendy Garron, the Northeast regional stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, explains what could be killing the dolphins and what it means for humans.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Elusive Giant Squid

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dr. Joy Reidenberg talks about one of the most elusive and mysterious creatures on earth, the giant squid. The documentary “Inside Nature’s Giants: Giant Squid” follows Dr. Reidenberg and a team of scientists as they investigate the sea creature, which has a razor sharp beak, teeth on its tentacles and tongue, a throat that dives through the middle of its brain and three hearts that power blue blood through a muscle filled jet-propulsion cloak. “Inside Nature’s Giants: Giant Squid” airs on WNET June 23.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Harbor Seals in New York City

Friday, March 23, 2012

Paul Sieswerda, retired curator at the New York Aquarium and the Boston Aquarium, explains why harbor seals and other marine animals are returning to the area. He leads trips to see and count the harbor seals every weekend at this time of year.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Cephalopods and Sea Creatures

Friday, August 26, 2011

You may have spent time at the beach this summer, watching the waves and swimming in the surf, but on this week’s Please Explain, we're going below the surface to look at some of the creatures that live on the ocean floor—cuttlefish, squid, and octopus. Roger Hanlon senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and Ellen Prager, formerly the chief scientist at Aquarius Reef Base in Florida and author of Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime join us to talk about these creatures and their amazing abilities to camouflage themselves.

Watch this amazing video of an octopus shot by Roger Hanlon:

Please Explain: Cephalopods

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