Scottish seas

Issue 34

About this issue: Join Oceanographic's Storyteller in Residence, Henley Spiers, as he investigates conservation initiatives in Scotland / Dive on Southeast Asian reefs being restored to their former glory / Discover blue whales off the Azores / Find out what's being done to protect manatees in Florida /  Explore Chile's newest Marine Protected Area.




In his first assignment, Oceanographic’s current Storyteller in Residence, Henley Spiers, travels to Scotland to find out more about the country’s varied approaches to ocean conservation.


From rising sea temperatures and ocean acidification to crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks, coral reefs in Southeast Asia are in peril. Photographer Giacomo d’Orlando travelled to the region to document various local research and restoration projects that have one united desire: to help bring back coral reefs to their former glory.


As detection methods improve, new research has found that blue whales, the largest animals to have ever lived, spend much more time in the waters off the Azores than researchers have initially thought.


With the increase of tourism and development, habitats are being damaged across the globe. In Florida, loss of habitat and an increase in boat strikes threatens one of the state’s most iconic species: the manatee. How long can it survive human pressures?



In this edition of Behind the lens, we feature a selection of this year’s winning photographs from Ocean Photographer of the Year.


  • Ian Urbina, investigative journalist and director of The Outlaw Ocean Project, writes about his investigation into human rights abuses tied to the global seafood industry.

  • Hugo Tagholm, former Surfers Against Sewage CEO and director of Oceana UK, emphasises the need to end overfishing.

  • Cal Major, ocean advocate and founder of the charity Seaful, explains how she has overcome her fear of winter by embracing nature differently.

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