The biggest problem for marine conservation is that too few people are hearing enough—so they’re not thinking, feeling and doing enough—about the health of the oceans. Marine conservation isn’t getting the air time or buzz we need. Let’s change the conversation. On Wednesday we’ll release a report that looks at a big picture, does a … Continue reading Something’s coming
Biologically, I’m no grandparent. I’m one of these genetic end-of-the-line types cause I didn’t have my own kids. Rather, I’m a grandparent by marriage (more than two decades of it). While I have no genetic reason to love Riley Anne Mesnick (Jason and Molly’s baby), I love her anyway. How powerful our ancient instincts are! … Continue reading Riley and Grampus.
On this day, the most important holiday of the year (Earth Day), I find myself wondering: How often do people hear about environmental organizations working with companies in ways that are really good for the Earth? Probably not often enough. But 3 years ago, the Marine Conservation Institute learned that the leaders of Holland America … Continue reading Happy Earth Day to you (and to Holland America Line and Seabourn)
As things calm down I have abundant reason to be thankful. There are still wonderful places with amazing living things. And I’m thankful to the people whose words and acts have informed and inspired me. As we saw in Boston and West Texas, there are people who make the world a better place. My family, … Continue reading Save the people
Let’s assume that you’ve had your eyes and ears open these last 20, 40, 60 or 80 years. If that’s true, you’ve probably noticed that the Earth is not doing too well right now. People not only kill other people; we’re killing the Earth. The planet that’s our only environment is in real trouble. And … Continue reading If the Earth were alive, what would she do to us?
The question I used to be asked most often is “What’s the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise?” (Answer: dolphins and porpoises are members of two different but closely related families of toothed whales.) The question I’m most often asked now is “Isn’t all that garbage in the ocean terrible?” (Answer: It’s terrible that … Continue reading The neighborhood that made me a marine biologist
As an observer of the sea and its life, I always want to report on the latest ocean stories while they’re hot. Yesterday the media learned that a fisherman had found a two-headed pre-term bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas). Realizing that it had a most unusual perspective on the world, I managed to obtain the shark’s cell … Continue reading Exclusive interview with the two-headed shark
Riley Anne Mesnick is my new granddaughter, born on March 14, 2013. Riley is unique in a number of ways, including genetically. In a world with more than 7 billion people, there is nobody quite like her. As an aside, 7 billion is an awful lot of big mammals for this Earth to deal with. … Continue reading Protecting my newborn granddaughter
Yesterday I got a vivid reminder about how protecting the Earth is about people. My son Jason Mesnick and his wife Molly became parents with the birth of Riley Anne. My wife Irene and I were with them in the hospital with some family and close friends. I will not publish any photos of the … Continue reading Riley Anne Mesnick and her Grampus
Being a biologist requires me to think differently than most people. Most people are driven by questions such as: “How long will it take me to get downtown in this traffic?” “What do I not pay so I can make my rent this month?” “How’d we do versus our competition last quarter?” “What do I … Continue reading Smart like a rock? Kind like a rock?