Wild Alaska: River & Ocean

Issue 37

About this edition: Meet the brown bears of Alaska's Katmai National Park, and find out how the ocean sustains them / Visit D'Arros Island, a Marine Protected Area of extraordinary biodiversity. Could its success be replicated elsewhere? / Discover the epic beauty and density of Baja's cetaceans - and the scientists devoting their lives to better understand them / Marvel at the deep sea discovery of an octopus nursery / Contemplate the ocean's 'stowaway problem' - as the ocean gets busier and ships larger, the problem of invasive 'hitchers' increases too


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WherE rivers run red

Never before has the dependent relationship between the world’s densest brown bear population and nature become more evident than when standing in the middle of the Alaskan salmon run in Katmai National Park.

Paradise saveD

In 2020, the government of the Seychelles designated the waters around D’Arros Island a Marine Protected Area, thereby protecting many keystone species and restoring important habitats. What ingredients went into this conservation win? And what lessons can other nations learn from this model to apply to their own waters?

cetacean sanctuary

Mexico’s Baja peninsula is a hotspot for whales and dolphins. Here, scientists have devoted their lives to studying the large number and diversity of cetaceans that visit the region.

deep dIversity

A recent deep-sea expedition in Canadian waters revealed the power of technological advances and global collaborative science as it discovered a rare octopus nursery, providing compelling evidence to support the creation of a new Marine Protected Area.

unwanted passengers

As the ocean gets busier, and ships ever larger, the risk of non-human ‘stowaways’ and ‘hitchers’ also increases, fear conservation scientists around the globe.


In this edition of Behind the lens, we speak with ocean and nature photographer Lewis Burnett.


  • Ian Urbina, investigative journalist and director of The Outlaw Ocean Project, explains why China is often the scapegoat when it comes to ocean issues.

  • Hugo Tagholm, ocean campaigner and executive director of Oceana UK, emphasises the importance of data-driven activism to protect the ocean.

  • Cal Major, ocean advocate and founder of the charity Seaful, takes us on an adventurous and colourful dive in one of Scotland’s mystical lochs.

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