Issue 36

About this edition: Join Oceanographic's Storyteller in Residence, Henley Spiers, in the Galápagos Islands, where he explores how human presence has influenced the region / Visit New Zealand's untouched Fiordland National Park, home to unique geographical wonders and underwater forests / Learn how local communities in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, are living in harmony with nature to preserve the area's abundant marine life for future generations / Discover what's being done in Madeira to protect the Mediterranean monk seal / Dive into the fascinating world of nudibranchs, on a molecular level


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Conservation measures on the Galapagos Islands have ensured that 90% of its biodiversity can still be considered intact. To investigate how human presence has influenced the isolated islands, Oceanographic’s current Storyteller in Residence, Henley Spiers, travels to the region.


In the southwest of New Zealand, the untouched Fiordland National Park is home to unique geographical wonders and enchanted underwater forests. In recent years, however, marine heatwaves have begun shifting the delicate local ecosystems, and scientists are in a race against time to fully understand what could be lost.


In the remote Raja Ampat archipelago, local communities reveal how living in harmony with nature preserves their abundant marine life for future generations to come.


The Mediterranean monk seal is the most endangered mammal species in the world. In Madeira and the nearby Desertas Islands, researchers estimate that less than 25 individuals remain. What is being done to protect them?


In Singapore, researchers have uncovered a fascinating array of nudibranch species. On taking a closer look at the molecular data and internal anatomies, something fascinating emerged.


In this edition of Behind the lens, we speak with renowned ocean and nature photographer Craig Parry.


  • Ian Urbina, investigative journalist and director of The Outlaw Ocean Project, addresses human rights abuses tied to the industrial fishing industry.

  • In a special guest column, Dr Alex David Rogers, the Science Director at Ocean Census, outlines the importance of discovery for long-term ocean conservation efforts.

  • Cal Major, explains why Scottish salmon farms are not as positive as they are made out to be.

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