settings What’s the fastest fish in the ocean? How can some fish swim at such high speed? How can they see and think fast enough to even eat at those speeds? Stanford’s Steve Palumbi describes how fish adapt to be such sprinters. In concert with his book, ‘The Extreme Life of the Sea’ he explains […]
Ofu calls again. The fifth trip out to this beautifully isolated island. 2000 miles south of Hawaii and at the moment, only reachable by boat, getting to Ofu takes some serious effort. This time the weather conspired to add yet another obstacle.
At the turn of the century, the British Royal Society tested Charles Darwin’s theory of how an atoll formed on the mid-pacific island of Funafuti. We found the test site, now steps for the porch of the island grade school and look at how this amazing theory was ultimately proved correct.
Microdocs Journal – Ofu Island, American Samoa The Night of the Palolo by Dan Griffin If you were a palolo worm burrowed deep into a south pacific reef, you’d be waiting for one special night. A night that we had traveled to see on Ofu, one of the Manu’a Islands of American Samoa, to shoot […]
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The Comeback Corals Dan Griffin’s photography illustrates Stanford Magazine’s cover story on coral research on the island of Ofu in American Samoa. The story, which focuses on how corals might survive global warming, is accompanied by a Microdocs™ video. Download Magazine Layout Robot Tidepools Video Explore the Microdocs series.
How do you protect a fish that crisscrosses oceans? The fishers of Pohnpei Island use the feeding patterns of seabirds to spot tuna. Commercial tuna fishers use a modern version of this method – helicopters. Overfishing puts some tuna populations at risk of collapse. Saving these fish is made more difficult by the great distances […]
In this piece Steve explains a new study disputing post-whaling population for Antarctic Minke Whales. An ongoing debate in the management of Antarctic minke whales concerns whether they are more abundant now than a century ago. Using genetic analysis, scientists project the number of whales that swam in the waters of Antarctica and are testing […]