Friday, May 26, 2017

Dive the Texas Caribbean

The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 100 miles off the Texas coast, protects 56 square miles of thriving coral reef ecosystems. See it via a liveaboard dive boat.

The Wide Open Spaces of Big Bend

Welcome to Brewster County, Texas, all 6,169 square miles of it, one of my favorite parts of the state. Take a tour of its offerings with County Judge Eleazar Cano.
Grapevine Hills Trails in Big Bend National Park.

She Sees Seashells Down on the Seashore

A look at the science and pleasure of seashells on the vast Texas coast, including the fine art of beachcombing and the best places for it.

Playing Tag with Sharks

Scientists tag sharks to learn more about their movements and habitat use, which helps identify areas that most need protection. A behind-the-scenes look at a shark tagging expedition off the coast of Florida.
Measuring and tagging a tiger shark.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cats and Nature

Cats are great in memes and videos on the Internet, but out in the real world, they pose a serious threat to man and nature. Read more here.

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Braunfels Weekend

This Hill Country town offers great weekend diversions. What better tour guide than the current mayor, a life-long resident? Read his recommendations in my Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine article.

Friday, December 30, 2016

The strange, ghostly pointy nosed chimaera

Researchers from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, the California Academy of Sciences, and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories recently identified a creature caught on film thousands of feet deep in waters off the coast of California as Hydrolagus cf. trolli, also called a ghost shark. Scientists have identified 28 species of Hydrolagus but this is the first evidence that they live in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Learn more in this Men's Journal piece.