I Speak Whale

whale diving down

I Speak Whale There is one thing about stories written for adults that is almost always different from stories that younger people enjoy: the animals NEVER talk. It’s a shame…

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Atlantic Gray Whale

Gray whale surfacing by Marc Webber, USFWS

A gray whale sticks its head out of the water to take a look around, a behavior called “spy-hopping.”   by Richard J. King “Rare Gray Whale Spotted in Atlantic—First…

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Senior Program Manager

Laila checking on progress. (Above)

Visiting the Philly Shipyard in 2023 to check on the progress of the first NSMV, the Empire State before it headed to its new home at SUNY Maritime College in…

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Northern Elephant Seal

closeup of seal

By Richard J. King Charles Scammon, a rare combination of naturalist, artist, ship captain, and commercial hunter, was born in Maine in 1825. As a young man, he sailed to…

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Navigating the Gulf Stream

map of the stream

A River in the Ocean Last summer, beachcombers in Rhode Island came across coconuts washed up on the beach, still in their husks after having floated more than 1,000 miles…

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Pilot Whale

whale pod

By Richard J. King By late afternoon on his first day out of Boston Harbor, Bill Pinkney was already out of sight of land. Aboard his 47-foot sailboat, Commitment, Pinkney…

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Born to Sail

children born at sea

In the Age of Sail, ships that traveled the world’s oceans kept their captains and crews away from their families for long periods of time. Whaling ships, in particular, might…

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Freelance Photographer


Daniel Forster is a freelance photographer who specializes in marine and sailing photography. As a freelancer, he is self-employed and often supplements his marine photography with work as an architecture,…

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Marine Traffic Controller

monitors surround the control room

Susan McDonald is a Marine Traffic Controller with the Army Corps of Engineers, stationed along the Cape Cod Canal in Massachusetts. She works to ensure the safety of ships and…

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Booby sitting in tree

By Richard J. King Last June, the sailing school vessel Robert C. Seamans got underway from Honolulu, bound for Fiji in the South Pacific. The ship’s crew comprised college students,…

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Dusky Dolphins

Dr. Mridula Srinivasan, NOAA/NMFS/OST/AMD

by Richard J. King The French sailor Bernard Moitessier is perhaps best known for sailing alone a full one-and-a-half times around the world, nonstop, in the Golden Globe Race of…

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Marine Geochemist

Renee Takesue on the rocks provided by USGS

Renee Takesue is a marine geochemist for the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center of the US Geological Survey (USGS). “Geochemistry is a field that combines chemistry and geology. The…

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