Antarctica: Cousteau's call

Issue 20

Journey to Antarctica with Philippe Cousteau / Learn about the beautiful balance of life on Shark Island / Celebrate the incredible use of sea snail shells as a form of currency in Papua New Guinea / Marvel at a bold new mission to make the Titanic more accessible / Know the beauty and value of mangroves, and the life within them



This October, the countries responsible for protecting the Southern Ocean will meet to vote on protecting 4 million km2 of ocean. Here, Philippe Cousteau calls for action, and invites you to join the chorus.


At the southern tip of the Maldives archipelago is an island like no other: Fuvahmulah. Like many of this planet’s wild blue spaces, its balance is under threat.


The ocean is life. It provides the world with food, jobs, oxygen. For the Tolai people in Papua new Guinea, it also creates their currency.


History was made on July 10, 2021, when Stockton Rush and his team at OceanGate reached the Titanic, at a depth of approximately 4,000 metres, in Titan, the only submersible of its kind.


Mangroves are a critical habitat for many species – a place where young can thrive before venturing into the open ocean as adults. But are these important ecosystems appreciated as they should be?


behind the lens (in association with sealegacy)

Each issue, we chat with one of the world’s leading ocean photographers and showcase a selection of their work. In this special edition, we focus on the staggering beauty of Antarctica – a continent that needs protecting.


  • Big wave surf champion, environmentalist and social change advocate Dr Easkey Britton discusses the inclusivity of the ocean, and how it can be a leveller for people of all abilities.
  • Marine biologist, photographer and writer Dr Lou Luddington writes about an experience of witnessing majestic tuna landed in a marine park in the Canary Islands.

  • Environmentalist and Surfers Against Sewage CEO Hugo Tagholm discusses the importance of personal action and grassroots campaigning to affect meaningful change in the face of the many crises facing Planet Ocean. 

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