The Safina Center

Glorious Mothers:

Of Others

Killer Whales, British Columbia.

The Glorious Mothers of
Elephants and Whales

Even if your mother isn’t an elephant or a whale — you know what I mean — it takes mothers of all kinds to perpetuate the chain of being.

Motherhood is a greater, more sacred enterprise on Earth than we often realize. So let’s take a moment now to reflect on motherhood writ large.

Let us praise and thank our mothers and the mothers of others, for nothing less than the pageant of life.

Read Carl Safina’s latest piece on CNN -More here.

Manatee Hug:

Observation/ Interaction?

Endangered Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus), Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

The Manatee’s Hug

Check out the latest blog by Safina Center Fellow, Dr. Ellen Prager.

In “The Manatee’s Hug” Prager asks, “When it comes to wildlife, what is the proper balance between conservation and observation or interaction?”

Her description of a close encounter with a young manatee while snorkeling in Crystal River, FL was life changing. According to Prager, “I’ve been a marine scientist for more than two decades and have been in the water with many sea creatures. The manatee hug however has to be one of my top five in-the-water moments. If I liked manatees before, now I am obsessed with them.”

More here.

Fishing Gear 101:


The top photo shows a normal sea floor community on Georges Bank, while the bottom photo shows a similar area after dredges have been used to catch scallops. Photo Dann Blackwood and Page Valentine, USGS.

Dredges – The Bottom Scrapers

Check out this new installment in our
blog series, Fishing Gear 101.

Dredges are dragged along the seafloor to catch bottom-living shellfish. Unfortunately, they can cause severe harm to bottom ocean habitats – they plow over, dig into, excavate, modify, and destroy habitats. (Full blog here.)

Fishing Gear 101 shows you how common types of gear work, what they catch, how they affect ocean wildlife and habitats, which technologies or regulations can help lessen the gear’s negative effects, and what we see as the path forward to ensure healthy oceans in the future. Gear by gear, you’ll also see why our seafood ratings for a particular species differ depending on the fishing method used.

Check out other posts in Fishing Gear 101:

Seafood ratings are in our Healthy Oceans Seafood Guide. 

More here about our Sustainable Seafood Program.