Articles by: Neil Schulman

by / on January 27, 2017 at 11:00 am / in From Panama Jack

Why Nautical Charts are Fun

They look a lot like maps, but they’re bigger: giant sheets of paper. And they have a bunch of tiny numbers and symbols and colors on them. They show the coast as a mix of odd colors, and lots of […]

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by / on January 11, 2017 at 10:00 am / in From Panama Jack

Ways to Enjoy the Beach in Winter

In my part of the country, the beach empties out in winter. Coastal weather is windy, rainy, and just cold enough to be clammy and damp, but not cold enough to be crisp and clear. Restaurants close. Eveyone goes up […]

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by / on November 30, 2016 at 10:00 am / in Under the Sea

Welcome Back, Otter

Sea otters are adorable. They float on their back, eating urchins and crabs, and roll around in big furry rafts and kelp beds. And they’re coming back. The Fall of the Otter Sea otters once ranged the Pacific Coast from […]

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by / on November 23, 2016 at 5:00 am / in Under the Sea

7 of the Sea’s Linchpin Creatures

Life in the sea life is beautiful, diverse, and colorful. It’s also critical to humans: nearly a quarter of the protein that feeds the world’s seven billion people comes from the ocean. In all that sea life, there’s a short […]

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by / on November 21, 2016 at 5:00 am / in From Panama Jack

6 Ocean Organizations That Deserve Your Help

Keeping our beaches beautiful is easier said than done. For every thousand or so people that visit the beach, only a fraction volunteer some of their time or give some of their money to help beaches and coastlines stay healthy. […]

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by / on October 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm / in From Panama Jack

7 Coastal National Parks

One hundred years ago, President Woodrow Wilson created the National Park Service. We’ve had national parks since Yellowstone was created way back in 1876. But by 1916, we’d accumulated a scattered mix of wilderness and Civil War battlefields, mostly managed […]

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by / on October 8, 2016 at 5:00 am / in From Panama Jack

How to Photograph Tidepools

Everyone loves tidepools. The sea stars, sea anemones, and the other colorful creatures that live in the rocks at the ocean’s edge are colorful, weird, and fun and they make a living on the roughest place on Earth. In fact, […]

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by / on September 12, 2016 at 5:00 am / in From Panama Jack

7 Tips for Better Beach Photos

Beaches are notoriously stunning…and hard to photograph. People wear hats. Sand gets in the camera. The wind whips everything into a blur. Here are 7 tips to better beach photos. 1. Lose the Hat We all should wear hats at […]

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by / on August 17, 2016 at 11:00 am / in From Panama Jack

The Sea’s Deep Thinkers: Life in the Deep

Now know the ocean’s cities, suburbs, and rural zones. But everywhere has a place where the deep thinkers with strange ideas gather. Paris’s Latin Quarter, New York’s East Village, San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, or the strange communes that pop up in […]

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by / on August 15, 2016 at 11:00 am / in At the Beach, Under the Sea

Tides and Currents 101

At 2 AM one summer morning, I crawled out of my tent and heard a gentle bumping sound. I went to investigate. Our four kayaks were about to float away: the water had risen while we slept—but we were on […]

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