Talk To Me
Dolphins communicate with each other, but can they communicate with us? Marine biologist Denise Herzing is drawing on decades of research, a vast digital library of whistles and clicks, and new computer wizardry designed to bridge the species gap.
Blood In The Water
On December, 24, 2009, a 6,600-pound orca killed trainer Alexis Martínez at a marine park in the Canary Islands. Two months later, trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by an orca at SeaWorld Orlando. Should Martínez’s death have served as a warning about the lethal potential of killer whales being trained for our entertainment?
The Long Way Back
After Marine Corps Veteran Ronnie Simpson survived an explosion in Iraq in 2004, he threw himself at an audacious goal: to sail around the world. It almost killed him.
The Killer in the Pool
Last February, when a 12,000-pound orca named Tilikum dragged his SeaWorld trainer into the pool and drowned her, it was the third time the big killer whale had been involved in a death. Many observers wondered why the animal was still working. But some experts, knowing the psychological toll of a life spent in captivity, have posed a darker question: Was it human error, or can a killer whale choose to kill?
Hell in High Water
In January 1969, six boys hiked into California’s Sespe wilderness for a camping trip. None came back alive. Thirty-nine years later, Tim Zimmermann examines how one wrong decision in the wild can change the course of history.
It’s Hard Out Here for A Shrimp
What swims at 20 miles per hour, can carve out hunks of human flesh, and will attack anything that moves? The Humboldt squid. Brace yourself for a dive with the eeriest beast in the ocean.
On Top of the World
Knocking off adventure firsts is nothing to scoff at. But David de Rothschild plans to use his far-flung expeditions for something else entirely.
Raising the Dead
At the bottom of the biggest underwater cave in the world, diving deeper than almost anyone had ever gone, Dave Shaw found the body of a young man who had disappeared ten years earlier. What happened after Shaw promised to go back is nearly unbelievable—unless you believe in ghosts.
(Finalist, National Magazine Award for Feature Writing)
Break on Through
Miles to Go Before I Sleep
Dr. Claudio Stampi teaches endurance sailors how to perform better on minimal sleep. The secret, he says, is learning how to power-nap.
Zodiac introduces a rugged special-ops vessel that’ll make you the talk of the dock.
You better grab a lifeline and hold on tight when Steve Fossett decides to make another manic bid for glory
Knives in the Water
Clip in and hang on for the 31st America’s Cup—a game of skill, guile, wealth, power, pettiness, paranoia, espionage, and egomania. And the sailing’s not bad, either.
November 29, 1999
Around the World in 70 Days?
US News & World Report
The Russian Connection
Its regional mafias are strong, its nuclear wealth vast. In Russia, the former are vigorously pursuing the latter, and that means trouble
(Winner, Investigative Reporters & Editors “Thomas Renner Award” for best reporting on organized crime)
The Race: The First Nonstop, Round-the-World, No-Holds-Barred Sailing Competition (Houghton Mifflin, 2002)
The Best American Sports Writing 2006, Contributor (Houghton Mifflin, 2006)
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011, Contributor (Houghton Mifflin)