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    The Defenders of Muscle Beach

    Some beaches have mussels. This one has muscles.

  • Rio, the Olympics, and Broken Promises

    Before the games even begin in Brazil’s most famous coastal city, there are winners and losers.

  • The Oil Spill Cleanup Illusion

    Why do we pretend to clean up oil spills in the ocean?

  • The Museum at the End of the World

    Natalie Goodall built a museum for rare marine mammals in one of the world’s least likely places for a scientific institution.

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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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Closing the Port to Illegal Fishers
Article - Short

A new international agreement should help strip illegal fishers’ access to the market.

China's Relentless Campaign to Pave the Coast
Article - Short

In China, coastal development comes at a high cost.

The Evolutionary Trick that Lets Bowhead Whales Grow So Big
Article - Short

Young bowhead whales may deconstruct their own bones to help fuel the growth of their huge baleen. 

Protests and Prison Time: the Fight Over Malé’s “Friendship Bridge”
Article - Short

The public closure of a beloved surfing site has sparked unease in the Maldivian capital. 

What Happens When a Coral Reef Dies?
Article - Short

If it’s not able to recover, a dead coral reef will collapse into a seaweed forest. 

Rio, the Olympics, and Broken Promises
Article - Long

Before the games even begin in Brazil’s most famous coastal city, there are winners and losers.

The Oil Spill Cleanup Illusion
Article - Long

Why do we pretend to clean up oil spills in the ocean?

The Museum at the End of the World
Article - Long

Natalie Goodall built a museum for rare marine mammals in one of the world’s least likely places for a scientific institution.

United We Fish!
Article - Long

Caught between depleted stocks, collapsing prices, and commercial trawlers, small-scale fishermen join forces to create new niche markets for...

Breeding the Ubercoral
Article - Long

Researchers are working to fast-track evolution to help corals face a changing ocean.

The Defenders of Muscle Beach
Video

Some beaches have mussels. This one has muscles. 

Solidarity and the Art of Sustainable Lobster Fishing
Video

In Punta Allen, Mexico, a lobster fishing cooperative supports the community and the environment.

Where Dead Whales Go to Live
Video

Take a peek behind the scenes at the Smithsonian Institution’s marine mammal warehouses.

The Big (Coastal) Squeeze
Photo Essay

Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Delta shoreline is at risk of getting squeezed out.

Infographic: Get the Hell Off My Beach
Infographic

Coastal access laws around the world.

Old Coast, New Coast: Rio de Janeiro
Article - Short

Botafogo Bay, a cornerstone of Rio since early colonial days, still looks lovely on the surface. The lead up to the 2016 Summer Olympics, however...

Sea(side) Horses
Article - Short

These breeds owe their unique features to their coastal lifestyles.

Bottoms Up
Article - Short

After years on the ocean floor, these five salvaged beverages were still drinkable—for better or for worse.

Book Review: Water
Article - Short

A visual meditation on water’s power to sculpt the earth.

Meals on Keels
Article - Short

Throughout history, dining at sea has called for creativity and a strong stomach.