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My Top Ten U.S. Ocean Stories of 2014

Given the cascading disasters the ocean faces from industrial overfishing, pollution, coastal sprawl and climate change there’s been some surprisingly good news in the United States this year. Here are ten stories – both good and bad – that impacted the blue in our red, white and blue. Pacific Monument Expanded President Obama expanded the…

August 31, 2014: Diving Deep For Bioluminescence, Mixing Climate Change With Music and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they dodge whales and pirates on the Indian Ocean, track poachers in Africa, find lost societies in Orkney, shed light on glowing sharks, harmonize with melting ice in Antarctica, live underwater for 31 days, follow in the pawprints of a lone wolf for 1,200 miles, and rove across the red planet.

As Seen in “Captain Phillips”: 5 Facts About Modern Piracy

The movie Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, is based on a true story: In April 2009, Somali pirates boarded the cargo ship Maersk Alabama off the Somali coast. Captain Richard Phillips offered himself as a hostage in exchange for the crew’s safety. What followed were five harrowing days until Phillips was rescued by the U.S.…

Archaeologists Recover Two More Cannons From Blackbeard’s Ship

Lester Bell, in the white hard hat, directs the placement of a cannon recovered Thursday from the wreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the infamous 18th-century pirate Blackbeard. Mitchel Gilliland, in the yellow hardhat and sunglasses, is helping guide the cannon, which is attached to a large inflatable lift-bag. Bell and other crewmen…

$450,000 In Private Donations Will Allow Excavation Of Blackbeard’s Ship To Continue

  A spur-of-the-moment donation today of $32,500 allowed the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to meet its fund-raising goal of $450,000 to continue excavating the wreckage of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the legendary 18th-century pirate Blackbeard. The contribution from Rita and Eric Bigham, a retired couple who divide their time between…

Fresh Piracy Off West Africa Highlights Link to Overfishing

  A few years ago a scientific survey was released that mapped out where fisheries were being depleted around the world.  This was about the same time that pirates from Somalia achieved a large degree of prominence by seizing a cargo ship full of tanks, with news reports bemoaning how global shipping lanes brought cargo…

Pirates 2.0

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is currently in theaters. While the pirate character Jack Sparrow is a rather dashing and romantic figure, the pirates of today are seen as exactly the opposite. Are they different?