Greenland Sharks Are Dog Slow — So How Do They Eat?

Greenland shark

Greenland shark part of a drawing in ‘Male Narwhal or Unicorn. Greenland Shark.” In: “An account of the Arctic regions with a history and description of the northern whale-fishery”, by W. Scoresby. 1820. Source http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/library/libr04

We’ve barely explored the world’s oceans, but when it comes to marine life living in the harsh conditions at the poles where few scientists and explorers can spend time, we are constantly being surprised by what we’re discovering. The Greenland shark — the largest shark in the dogfish family — is no exception. It’s slow — really slow — so scientists asked the logical question: “If it’s so slow, how does it catch prey?” The BBC reports on a recent study. [Read more…]

Arctic Sea Ice Extent in January Is Lowest in Recorded History (ENN.com)

Arctic sea ice extent in January is lowest in recorded history. (ENN.com)

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Lights, Camera, Walrus! From Beneath the Ice to the Big Screen

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January 10, 2011: Award-winning underwater cinematographer, Adam Ravetch works in one of the most unforgiving, hostile environments imaginable: Under the ice in the Arctic. And with camera in hand, he pursues some of the most elusive and dangerous Arctic life, including polar bears and walrus. The critically-acclaimed film, “Arctic Tale” narrated by Queen Latifah told the story of a polar bear cub and a walrus pup against the backdrop of a changing Arctic environment and showcased 15 years worth of Adam’s incredible footage and insights. Adam joins us this week to tell us how he did it, and what’s next!

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Report Challenges Offshore Drilling Plans in Arctic

Opening the Arctic Ocean to offshore oil development, where several energy companies are pressing to drill, poses risks of devastating spills complicated by harsh weather and months of winter darkness, a new report said.

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Sails, Science and the Sea: Around the World with the Tara Oceans Expedition

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October 11, 2010: We make contact with the sailing vessel Tara, somewhere off the coast of Africa and learn about Tara Oceans, a project of Tara Expeditions a French nonprofit program. During its last expedition, Tara Arctic, the ship experienced a 507-day drift, deliberately frozen into the ice pack of the Arctic Ocean. We chat with Romain Troublé, Secretary General of Tara Expeditions and Sy Rotter, Executive Director, TARA Foundation for Marine Research and learn about Tara Oceans, the organization’s latest project, a 3-year expedition around the world to study previously unknown and crucial marine ecosystems. Also, we”go deep” to understand the latest from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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Filmmakers Honored for Film, Arctic Tale

Breathtaking Imagery, Touching Story Brings Awareness of Global Warming’s Arctic Impacts to Millions

Sarah Robertson and Adam Ravetch are presented with the Lowell Thomas Award at The Explorers Club in New York (Photo by David E. Guggenheim)

NEW YORK, New York — Our good friends and colleagues Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson of Arctic Bear Productions and the Arctic Exploration Fund made their Hollywood directorial debut this year with the hit, feature length, theatrical film ARCTIC TALE. They were recently honored for this important achievement, and the important conservation message the film conveys, with the presentation of the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award at the Explorers Club in New York. The award is named in honor of famed adventurer and broadcast journalist Lowell Thomas and is awarded to those who have pushed the limits of discovery, knowledge and human endurance and have excelled in communicating the importance of exploration and the field sciences to the general public. [Read more…]