The Safina Center

If Animals:

Could Talk

Lolita Tank Miami Seaquarium

Safina’s new book makes the case for what animals feel—and what we lose when we discount their emotions.

Safina’s adventures with researchers observing wild animals in the field are fascinating but also underscore one of his major points: With all the evidence from comparative brain studies and detailed field observations, why are some people still unwilling to acknowledge that other animals think and feel in ways similar to humans? Part of the answer is that admitting animals have complex inner lives makes it more difficult to abuse and exploit them. 

Read the latest review of Beyond Words on

More rave reviews for Safina’s new book, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel:  The Washington PostThe EconomistThe East Hampton Star 

Beyond-WordsMore about  Beyond Words.

Ocean Science for All:

Dr. Ellen Prager

Ellen Prager diving under Aquarius Reef Base off Key Largo, FL with a friendly goliath grouper.

In her latest interview in Eco Magazine, Safina Center Fellow, Dr. Ellen Prager talks about the need to make Earth and ocean science education interesting for all ages.

“It is vital for the planet, the economy, and for human health that we better explain science to the public and why it is both important and relevant to their lives,” says Prager.

Read her full interview here.
More about Dr. Prager’s work.
More about Safina Center Fellows.

Fishing Gear 101:



Longlines – The Snaggers
The latest in our Fishing Gear 101 series.

A longline consists of a very long main line (usually made of thick monofilament), to which many smaller lines with baited hooks are attached. A longline can stretch for more than 30 miles across the sea (or 528 football fields) and contain as many as 12,000 baited hooks! The bait attracts large numbers of target and non-target fish, plus other ocean animals. When animals go after the bait, they get snagged on the hooks by their mouth or other body parts.

Fishing Gear 101 shows you how common types of gear work, what they catch, how they affect ocean wildlife and habitats, which technologies or regulations can help lessen the gear’s negative effects, and what we see as the path forward to ensure healthy oceans in the future. Gear by gear, you’ll also see why our seafood ratings for a particular species differ depending on the fishing method used.

Check out other posts in Fishing Gear 101:
Dredges – The Bottom Scrapers
Gillnets – The Entanglers
Trawls – Bulldozers of the Ocean

Seafood ratings are in our Healthy Oceans Seafood Guide. 

More here – Sustainable Seafood Program.