• Death of a Modern Wolf

    Once feared, vilified, and exterminated, the wolves of Vancouver Island face an entirely different threat: our fascination, our presence, and our selfies.

  • From Prejudice to Pride

    In the 20th century, Japanese anthropologists and officials tried to hide the existence of the Indigenous Ainu. Then the Ainu fought back like their cousins, the bears.

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    Protectors of the Penguins

    Meet the people who stand between the world’s last wild populations of African penguins and extinction.

  • Saving the Ocean One Outfit at a Time

    The sea suffers for fashion. Kombucha leather and leased jeans to the rescue.

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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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Scientists Gave Fish Marijuana to See if It Would Make Them Relax
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It didn’t. But it would’ve been a lot cooler if it did. 

Teach the Kids to Fish
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By training the next generation of fishers through a hands-on mentorship program, scientists and fishers hope to feed the world for many lifetimes...

For Sale in Canada, Endangered Sharks’ Fins
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Shark fin soup is on the menu in Canada, but a new investigation shows that some fins come from dubious, even illegal, sources.

A Hard Shore Is a Dead Shore
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How anti-erosion measures hurt fish—and living shorelines may help.

First Nations Test the Political Water with Fish Farm Protests
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First Nations’ occupations of fish farms are rooted in a deeper conversation about Indigenous land rights.

Death of a Modern Wolf
Features

Once feared, vilified, and exterminated, the wolves of Vancouver Island face an entirely different threat: our fascination, our presence, and our...

From Prejudice to Pride
Features

In the 20th century, Japanese anthropologists and officials tried to hide the existence of the Indigenous Ainu. Then the Ainu fought back like...

Saving the Ocean One Outfit at a Time
Features

The sea suffers for fashion. Kombucha leather and leased jeans to the rescue.

Avoiding Extinction
Features

Giving Mexico’s rarest porpoise, the vaquita, a fighting chance in the face of poverty, corruption, and greed.

Sand? Mine!
Features

Our insatiable need for concrete has led to destructive mining around the world. How can we do it better?

Living in the Sand
Photo Essay

There’s a whole lot more on the ocean floor if you just know where to look for it.

Protectors of the Penguins
Video

Meet the people who stand between the world’s last wild populations of African penguins and extinction.

One Man’s Junk
Video

For 40 years, John has been collecting our garbage off the beach. Here’s where you can visit it.

Nostalgia and Peace on the Ocean
Video

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s short stretch of seaside refuge has outsized value.

Spineless Beauty
Photo Essay

These tiny marine creatures are enormously photogenic.

Not Your Average Beach House
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Forget rebar or prestressed lumber—the sea provides a bounty of alternative construction materials.

Starring Sea Monsters
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Sci-fi flicks from the 1950s and ’60s responded to the threat of nuclear war with villains from the sea.

The Path of the Unseen Whale
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Just as a hunter leaves a trail in the snow, a whale forms prints on the water’s surface.

Hakai Magazine Turns Two!
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To celebrate, here are our most popular stories from our second year of publishing.

The Wrong Whale In All The Right Ways
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New research reveals how the North Pacific’s wrong whale escaped exploitation during whaling’s heyday.