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Carl Safina


Stony Brook, NY, United States

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Past articles by Carl:

The Blind Men And The Elephants: The Trumps And Trophy Hunting

Banning trophy hunting doesn’t solve everything, writes Carl Safina. But in Africa, it’s one answer to poaching, cynicism, hypocrisy, corruption and the wildlife crisis. → Read More

Underwater photography and films advocate for ocean conservation – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Documentary filmmaker Christine Ren combines her passions for the arts, sciences and dance to advocate for ocean conservation. → Read More

China bans ivory, offering new hope for elephants – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Fingers crossed that China is serious, and will effectively enforce their announced ivory ban. We are all counting on it. → Read More

To save African elephants, scientists say ivory sales must stop – National Geographic Society (blogs)

While that “regulated” ivory sale idea might sound nice on paper, experts say it has now been officially debunked. → Read More

Devil rays in distress: Protecting the “mini mantas” – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Why devil rays, or “mini mantas,” need our help! → Read More

As salmon dwindle, whales die – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Experts say it’s time to focus on fish for the sake of orca survival in the Pacific Northwest. → Read More

Personality; Not Just For People Anymore

This is Part II of a two-part story titled "Personality; Not Just for People Anymore." → Read More

Carl Safina

Carl Safina is a MacArthur Fellow, Pew Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow, a professor at Stony Brook University and founding president of The Safina Center (formerly Blue Ocean Institute). His books include "Song for the Blue Ocean," "The View From Lazy Point" and "A Sea in Flames.” Safina hosts the 10-part series "Saving the Ocean," which can be seen free at → Read More

Personality; Not Just For People Anymore

We are watching "elephants," true enough. But I realize, embarrassed, that I know nothing of how these beings live, of who they are. I scarcely know what it means to be "watching elephants." Cynthia Moss knows, because she's been here, watching, for forty years--more time than any other human has ever watched elephants. "When you look any animals around here--lions, zebras, elephants," Cynthia… → Read More

Free At Last: National Aquarium’s Sea Change on Dolphin Policy

By Erica Cirino and Carl Safina If you’re ever visiting the National Aquarium in Baltimore, you must stop by Dolphin Discovery, according to aquarium staff. It’s an exhibit reminiscent of an Olympi… → Read More

Pesky plastic: The true harm of microplastics in the oceans

Co-authored by Jessica Perelman Pollution is evidently a major concern when talking about environmental protection in light of human development, but waste that ends up in the oceans is oftentimes … → Read More

Warming seas may cause more disease, Cornell researchers say.

Cornell University researchers say sea star wasting disease is intensified by rising ocean temperatures. → Read More


The Depths of Animal Grief — NOVA Next

From parrots to elephants, animals that lose a child or companion can exhibit an apparently complex range of emotions. → Read More

Bluefin Tuna Finally Catch a Break

By Carl Safina and Shana Miller Thirty-three years ago, international fishery managers agreed to stop targeted fishing for giant Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico, the only known spawning... → Read More

Cruelty, Not Culture, in Japan's Dolphin Hunt

The Japanese in 2010 announced a "new killing method." It involves destroying the spinal cord with repeated insertion of a metal rod. Even on paper, the "new killing method" makes no attempt to damage the brain, which would at least end consciousness. → Read More

Australia Authorizing Destruction of Great Barrier Reef

By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown When Captain Cook almost literally stumbled upon Australia’s Great Barrier Reef—it reached upward and clenched his ship—its size awed him. When the first orbiting astronauts looked down on their home planet, the Great Barrier Reef’s size awed them too. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest structure made… → Read More