On Jan.21, 2017, the French island of Reunion lost another life to a shark attack; Alexander Nussance. This was the eighth death in the area out of 20 shark attacks off of the island since 2011. Pro-surfer Jeremy Flores posted a tribute to the young bodyboarder and Kelly Slater, arguably the most famous surfer alive, […]Read more "A Call for a Cull"
Star of Blackfish, and quite possibly the worlds most infamous orca, Tilikum died this morning after battling a variety of illnesses including a drug-resistant bacterial lung infection. At the present time, the reason for the killer whale’s death is unknown. Tilikum called SeaWorld in Orlando his home after being caught off of Iceland in 1983 […]Read more "Orca Obits"
Around the bend from Wellfleet Harbor, Jim O’Connell slides out of his white Ford F150 into the emerging sand. He clips his olive hip waders onto his belt as the salty waters seep out into Cape Cod Bay. From the shore, his truck is one of many that dot the curving horizon 400 yards off […]Read more "A Life of Tides"
In its legal definition, the high seas is the water 200 nautical-miles off shore. This is effectively the last frontier when it comes to no mans’ land, leaving the fisherman and fish at the mercy of each other and the elements. There is no regulation on how many or the methods used to catch the […]Read more "The High Seas"
This morning on the way to class I saw the following tweet from environmentalist and founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben: At least 31 Alaskan cities and towns ‘at risk of imminent destruction’ from climate change, says NYT https://t.co/f84CJXNPiN — Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) November 29, 2016 I clicked on the story, thinking to myself ’31 towns, […]Read more "Relocation"
Within the past month, king tides have been making an appearance in Boston. As noted in a Boston.com article, a king tide is the highest tide of the year, and occurs when the Earth, sun, and moon are as close to each other as possible. These tide can tide over two feet higher than average. […]Read more "King Tide"
I’d like to give another brief preview of my final project: Dan and Greg Martino are two brothers from Texas who somehow ended up on Martha’s Vineyard farming oysters. Turns out they’re also the first licensed commercial kelp farmers in the state of Massachusetts as well. And might I add that the oysters are delicious. […]Read more "More Bivalves, Less Bovine"
What is going on in the poles? A variety of headlines this week have added to the mystery of these icy deserts. For one, Arctic sea ice is as an all time low for this time of year. The area is experiencing an all time high for sea and surface temperatures, as reported by The […]Read more "The Poles"
The end of the semester and my undergraduate experience is soon approaching, which means so are deadlines for final projects. I’ve really enjoyed covering this beat and am planning to continue it after this stage in my education comes to a close. For my final project I’m hoping to revive a project I was hoping to […]Read more "The Final"
Sadly this weekend a great white became stranded on Nauset Beach, in my hometown in Orleans. Although a passerby found the 12-foot-long creature in distress, by the time Greg Skomal and members of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy arrived the creature had died. Last year, three sharks became beached. As reported by the Cape Cod Times: […]Read more "Stranded"