A snuffling and snorting outside my tent stirs me awake. I sit up, feel for my bear spray, and try to recall my surroundings. My tent is just one of several, and the food is locked in an old trailer down a path through the scrubby trees. The only other sound is my breathing—until a sharp bang from someone hitting a pot splits the air, shooing away our midnight visitor in a calm, firm voice: “Yau ‘thà. [Hello, black bear.] Go on now. Not tonight, thank you.”
I lie back down, and as sleep drift...
The past and future are in full flower on Kodiak Island as an indigenous culture reclaims its artistic roots..
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Bandits on the Beach
The young scientist gripping the wheel of a motorboat slicing through the ocean waves has the last name Suraci—Icarus spelled backward.
It’s another scientist onboard who points this out. Michael Clinchy, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, is amused by the fact. His PhD student, Justin Suraci, smiles. Clinchy and Suraci study the ecology of fear. Raising the specter of the mythological Icarus (who, at his peril, ignored a warning to fly too close to the sun), suggests there’s a certain hubris, a certain fearlessness in their study.
No sea is without its mythical creatures, and in the North Atlantic reside the seal people. They entice humans. Trouble ensues.
The Intelligent Life of the City Raccoon - Issue 18...
September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, but since no one can sustain more than two minutes of talking like a movie version of a pirate without damaging a vocal cord or two, maybe it should be the day to dress like a pirate.
After being nearly wiped out a century ago, the sea otter population in Canada is booming. But not everyone is glad to welcome them back
IT'S shortly after dawn on Canada's west coast. We're standing on a rocky islet, and below us are the animals we have come to watch: about 15 sea otters are grooming, snacking and snoozing in the ocean. Then four fishing skiffs zoom by and the otters scatter.
I'm here with marine ecologist Erin Rechsteiner, who has been watching sea otters at this particular spot since they first arrived in autumn 2013. The raft of males, numbering up to 130 animals in winter and spring, is a sea otter vanguard.