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Restoring the World's Coral Reefs

April 8, 2015

Coral reefs are in trouble. A newly released paper in Nature, authored in part by WCS scientists, asserts that fish are a key ingredient to their health and recovery. Click image to enlarge. 

Madagascar Creates Shark Park

February 4, 2015

A new law announced by the Government of Madagascar will provide a sanctuary for 19 shark species.

Humpback Whale feeding NY Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

Monitoring Whales in Real Time

December 23, 2014

Using new technology, WCS and Woods Hole will start monitoring whales in the New York Bight to understand their interaction with humans, and what we can do to protect them.

DNA Tells of Two Blue Whale Populations

December 19, 2014

By collecting and analyzing the DNA of 60 blue whales, a group of scientists determined there may be two distinct populations in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. This information could help inform an effective protection plan for this endangered species.

Let’s Expand Terrestrial Parks into the Ocean

December 10, 2014

Caleb McClennen, WCS Executive Director for Marine Conservation, believes it is time we commit ourselves to expanding global ocean protection. The world's waters are in need of the same conservation efforts that have created many protected parks on land. 

In Indonesia, a New Law Protects Manta Rays

February 19, 2014

Ray populations in Indonesia face serious threats from overfishing, but recently the government has taken action to ensure their future.

Alarming Analysis: One Quarter of Sharks and Rays Face Extinction

January 22, 2014

As overfishing pushes more and more shark and ray species to the brink, WCS is increasing its commitment to the conservation of these fish and their relatives over the next 10 years.

New York Aquarium Breaks Ground on Ocean Wonders: Sharks!

January 10, 2014

The groundbreaking of the facility is part of the effort to transform WCS's New York Aquarium and continue the rebirth of Coney Island.

Own a Piece of WCS's New York Aquarium, Virtually

October 29, 2013

To support the New York Aquarium as it is rebuilt and transformed following Hurricane Sandy, WCS has launched an online campaign. Virtual tiles of a shimmer wall, which will surround the aquarium's new Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit, are being sold at

Previously unknown humpback dolphin species identified, researchers say

October 29, 2013

In an exciting discovery, researchers have identified a new species of humpback dolphin in Australia.


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