Sea forests

Issue 28

In this issue: Marvel at the beauty of Patagonian kelp forests at the end of the world and the progress being made to protect them / Dive below the waterline of the magical and misunderstood Florida Everglades / Join a group of scientists hoping to protect the world's rarest bird in the Galapagos / Wonder at the role sharks play in cleaning the ocean / Ponder the question: how do we balance wildlife encounters with conservation and accessibility?


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The Argentinian coastline is one of the least explored in the world. Yet the Mitre Peninsula in the south-east of the country holds many of the world’s kelp forests. The recent approval of a law to permanently protect the area gives hope for the future.


The Florida Everglades are a unique and diverse ecosystem coined by wetlands, forests and rivers that connect Lake Okeechobee with Florida Bay. But beyond its beautiful facade lies the reality that this place is dying.


The Galapagos Islands are home to the last 300 critically endangered Floreana mockingbirds on earth. After enduring years of human-induced pressures, a group of scientists is trying to turn the tide on one of the world’s rarest birds.


In April, the Australian autumn of 2022, Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef witnessed an annual coral spawning event that didn’t go to plan. Sharks emerged as the silent heroes.


Location: A remote island in the South Pacific with limited connectivity to the outside world. Population: Around 2,500 locals, a dozen or so tourists and countless whales. With 4G set to arrive this year, conservations ask themselves how it will affect locals and wildlife conservation.



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 met up with award-winning underwater photographer Steve Woods.


  • Investigative journalist and director of The Outlaw Ocean Project, Ian Urbina addresses violence and other brutal conditions in commercial fishing in this new column.

  • Hugo Tagholm, former Surfers Against Sewage CEO and executive director and vice president of Oceana in the UK talks about the aftermath of COP15.

  • Cal Major, ocean advocate and founder of the charity Seaful, explains why people should appreciate seabirds a little more.

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