• The Path of the Unseen Whale

    Just as a hunter leaves a trail in the snow, a whale forms prints on the water’s surface.

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    Here Be Tiny Dragons (and Other Micro Beasts)

    Researchers reveal the microscopic life in between the grains of sediment.

  • Pool-landia

    For 70 years, Iceland has kept afloat the idea that mandatory swimming lessons save lives, but the policy doesn’t hold water.

  • Dam Busters

    A nascent environmental movement is liberating rivers and freeing fish.

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Hakai Magazine explores science, society, and the environment from a coastal perspective. The magazine is funded by the Tula Foundation, which also funds the Hakai Institute, but remains editorially independent.

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Detoxing the Ocean
Article - Short

New technology could pull toxic metals out of contaminated water.

In a Fish-Eat-Fish World, Cannibalism Is Surprisingly Rare
Article - Short

A new study of cannibalism in fishes shows the behavior is much less prevalent than scientists once thought.

California’s Surf Spots Are Heading for a Wipeout
Article - Short

Rising sea level is transforming the coastline and causing iconic beaches to disappear.

Cambodia’s Dirty Business
Article - Short

Three activists are living in exile following a campaign to expose Cambodia’s sand mining industry.

Stealing the Slims River
Article - Short

River piracy could become more common in a warming world.

Pool-landia
Article - Long

For 70 years, Iceland has kept afloat the idea that mandatory swimming lessons save lives, but the policy doesn’t hold water.

Dam Busters
Article - Long

A nascent environmental movement is liberating rivers and freeing fish.

Journey into the Plastisphere
Article - Long

Plastic marine debris is one of the world’s newest ecosystems, and scientists have just begun to understand how microbes are settling into their...

An Ocean in the Parlor
Article - Long

Home aquariums were the newest fad in the natural history-crazed Victorian era. Philip Henry Gosse wrote about it in the Atlantic Monthly...

For Sale: Wild Russian Killer Whales
Article - Long

As Westerners condemn live whale shows, Russia hunts and sells killer whales to Chinese amusement parks.

Here Be Tiny Dragons (and Other Micro Beasts)
Video

Researchers reveal the microscopic life in between the grains of sediment.

Listen to How Loud the Sea Is
Infographic

Our interactive sound map explores the busy marine soundscape, from kayaks to cruise ships. 

The Immortal Life of Dorothy’s Jellies
Video

A scientist who first sent jellyfish into space reveals secrets to a life without aging.

Cuttlefish Brawl
Comic

Bif! Blam! Whack! Boom! When giant Australian cuttlefish convene to mate, males usually rely on visual displays to intimidate one another—but...

Ship Spotters
Video

In Felixstowe, a seaside town in England, watching container ships is a tradition, and a time for taking stock of life.

The Path of the Unseen Whale
Article - Short

Just as a hunter leaves a trail in the snow, a whale forms prints on the water’s surface.

Hakai Magazine Turns Two!
Article - Short

To celebrate, here are our most popular stories from our second year of publishing.

The Wrong Whale In All The Right Ways
Article - Short

New research reveals how the North Pacific’s wrong whale escaped exploitation during whaling’s heyday.

Book Review: Iep Jāltok
Article - Short

A poetry collection explores the stories of the Marshallese people and the fallout of the US military’s nuclear testing on the islands.

The Goddess Who Moves Like the Waves
Article - Short

Afro-Cuban deity Yemayá dances like the tide in Santeria ceremonies, but replicating her movements for commercial purposes has invited critique....