Tag archives for Ocean

In week seven, the Wicked Tuna fleet is drifting through a major lull and growing desperate to catch fish. The Bluefin remain elusive, but tempers are easy to find. When no one is catching fish, there are plenty of places to lay the blame. Tuna.com is currently at the top of the leaderboard, but The…

The captains and crews of Wicked Tuna are heading into Week Six.  The Hot Tuna still sits at the top of the leaderboard, but the other boats are creeping up on the top spot. The captains are pulling out all the stops, even bringing their lucky charms along with them. Catching a tuna takes more…

It’s week five on Wicked Tuna and The Hot Tuna is soundly at the top of the leaderboard. The boats are desperate to catch up and no one seems to have an issue with fishing on another captain’s numbers. These carefully guarded geographic coordinates don’t seem to be much of a secret. The Pinwheel is…

On Wicked Tuna at the start of week four, Hot Tuna is in the lead while Miss Sambvca is still looking for its first bluefin. The hunt for fish is on and as things get more desperate, some of the captains resort to espionage. Information leads to some bites, but the captains and crew still…

On this week’s episode of Wicked Tuna, a dangerous storm is moving in and the captains are desperate to pull up a fish before the weather hits. It’s the third week and The Hot Tuna sits on top of the leaderboard, but the harpoon boat Lily and FV Tuna.com are close behind. Despite the rough…

Tonight on Animal Fight Night, a tripleheader of animal brawls features throwdowns from the plains of Africa to the South Pole to the inside of a shark’s womb. First up is Savannah Smackdown, where Africa’s wildest animals turn on their own kind, fighting to the death on the plains’ unforgiving battleground. Hippos defend their harems,…

Living Treasure

Francis and Jose butt heads on a major project, creating the perfect living aquascape for a raffle at a local fish dealer, Allfish. Nearing the project deadline, facing their toughest challenge yet, Jose and Francis come together to complete a true piece of art for the Allfish raffle. When Fish Tank Kings get a call…

Red, White, and Blue

For this July 4th we’re celebrating with an all-day marathon of Wicked Tuna. Founded in America’s oldest commercial fishing seaport, Gloucester, MA, Wicked Tuna dives into the lives of a special breed of American fisherman. Fishing is Gloucester’s signature industry, established in the early 1600’s nearly two centuries before the first Independence Day celebration in…

A Full Tank Disaster

A trip to the paradise should be a reason to celebrate; but Living Color’s new tank assignment in the beautiful Grand Cayman Islands is proving to be more difficult than they had anticipated. Trish and Claude Yonnet have commissioned Fish Tank Kings to build their dream centerpiece in their newly-constructed beach home. The only problem…

Tonight on Destination WILD’s Superfish, follow Rick Rosenthal, marine biologist and filmmaker, into the secret world of our oceans to catch a glimpse of the giant Bluefin tuna. The Atlantic Bluefin tuna, one of the largest predatory fish in the world’s great oceans, can be up to 10 feet long, weighing in at over 1,000…

Teeth Like Razors

Caught in the Act is all about being at the right place at the right time. When catching the natural world on film, sometimes it takes years to capture the rare and spectacular moments that remind us how amazing nature truly is. In it’s fifth season, Caught in the Act is an absolute adrenaline rush,…

Wicked Tuna: Meltdown

The Captains and mates are reaching their breaking points on this week’s episode of Wicked Tuna. With six weeks left before the Bluefin tuna fishing season comes to an end, the pressure is on to catch a giant especially for Dave Marciano with Hard Merchandise. Last week we saw his boat break down and get…

It’s week five for the fishermen in Gloucester, Massachusetts and a new challenge has presented itself: the great white shark! On this season of the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, a single Bluefin can be worth up to $20,000…making it hard for any of the captains to stay out of the water. Let’s check to see how…

The U.S. Navy vs The Killer Tomato?

Watch out world, the U.S. Navy has developed a versatile new class of warships: the LCS (Littoral Combat Ship). These fast and agile combat ships are designed to take deadly threats emerging on the world stage and blow them out of the water. Their target? The Killer Tomato. No Joke. These giant red target balloons…

Dr. Robert Ballard is one of the world’s most renowned ocean explorers, with such amazing finds as Titanic, the Battleship Bismarck and JFK’s PT1-09 to his name. But this time he’s going on a journey like no other. He’s setting out on an underwater odyssey down the world’s tallest mountain! No, it’s not Everest at…

Deep-sea exploration, of course, is an inherently dangerous pursuit. Venturing nearly seven miles down into the Challenger Deep, for example, means  surviving perhaps the most extreme, forbidding environment on the planet. The pressure is 1,000 times that experienced at sea level, the rough equivalent of having 50 jumbo jets piled atop the submersible, and the temperature…

Last weekend, James Cameron successfully returned from the deepest point on Earth. Next weekend, he’ll take NGC viewers on a journey through Titanic. Busy guy. Director and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron is the first person to ever complete a solo-vehicle dive to explore the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth. The…

Tagging and Tracking Whale Sharks

Researchers often use technology to track the movements of animals. And although whale sharks are the planet’s largest living fish, relatively little is known about these ocean travelers. Tagging animals can help communicate key information about these unpredictable and mysterious marine giants – like distinct migration patterns, feeding behaviors and climate change responses.  Not all tracking…

Octopus Hunt

© Tesche Films/ Parthenon Entertainment) It’s one of the ocean’s most enigmatic creatures, with eight legs, high intelligence and the ability to discreetly melt into its surroundings. The giant octopus is said to reach 33 feet across, can weigh 400 pounds, and is known as the “devilfish” for the horns above its eyes. With the…

Because whale sharks sometimes filter feed along the ocean’s surface, they are vulnerable to boat strikes. But determining how to protect a highly migratory species from vessel-related injuries is a challenging problem. Rafael de la Parra, Project Domino research coordinator and biologist, told me that whale sharks “swim slowly, filtering the plankton-rich seawater… so they are…

Ocean Photography

© Brian Skerry Underwater photographers must endure some of the toughest conditions to tell a visual story. From coral reef wonderlands to deep sea diving, there’s plentiful obstacles along the way, such as low light levels and shimmering fish scales. Join National Geographic photographers as they disappear beneath the waves and investigate an intentionally sunk…

Aerial Survey of Whale Sharks

Just off the northeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula is the largest whale shark aggregation site in the world. And marine biologists are conducting regular aerial surveys of this feeding zone to document key information about these wild ocean travelers…. According to Dr. Alistair Dove, Senior Scientist at the Georgia Aquarium, aerial surveys compliment other…

Photo Credit: Tina Lindeken Sea turtles can swim hundreds – and sometimes thousands – of miles to reach different areas of marine habitat. Tracking this highly migratory species by satellite is shedding light on sea turtles’ unique feeding locations and pathways of movement. Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) – in collaboration with the Wider Caribbean…

The Mysterious Abyss

Photo credit: Michael Aw The ocean’s abyss is a virtually undiscovered black, cold landscape with more underwater creatures than the Amazon River or Great Barrier Reef. We know very little about what lives and thrives in these deep sea waters, partly because the abyss is one of the hardest places on the planet to explore.…

Underwater Alien Planet

With more underwater creatures than anywhere else on the planet and ten times more biodiversity than Caribbean reefs, scientists travel 10,000 ft. down in the Celebes Sea to explore the bizarre and the undiscovered. Into the Abyss airs Tuesday November 30 at 10P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild. Video Preview: Scientists send an ROV to the…