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    Goodbye, Pumice Island

    A Greek islet meets its end to make ends meet.

  • The Ecolabel Fable

    Buyer beware: sustainable seafood programs can’t guarantee ocean-friendly choices.

  • The Scientist Who Reads a Lost History in the Mud

    Hard working and tough as nails, Grace Brush did what others couldn’t—she teased out the mystery of the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Damming Eden

    As a massive dam nears completion in Turkey, residents downriver in the idyllic Mesopotamian Marshes prepare to see their homeland destroyed—again.

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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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Young Bald Eagles Live Life in the Fast Lane
Article - Short

Older eagles prefer to take it easy. 

Hong Kong’s Napoleon Wrasse Complex
Article - Short

It’s suspiciously easy to order a high-status meal of a protected reef fish.

No Happy Ending for the Vaquita
Article - Short

A last-ditch effort to save the vaquita has ended in tragedy.

How Not to Kill an Albatross
Article - Short

Accidental albatross deaths can be curtailed if commercial fishers make one simple change.

Why Don’t Fish Swim Upside Down?
Article - Short

It’s a natural question for animals that float, but few scientists have delved into the details.

The Ecolabel Fable
Features

Buyer beware: sustainable seafood programs can’t guarantee ocean-friendly choices.

The Scientist Who Reads a Lost History in the Mud
Features

Hard working and tough as nails, Grace Brush did what others couldn’t—she teased out the mystery of the Chesapeake Bay.

Damming Eden
Features

As a massive dam nears completion in Turkey, residents downriver in the idyllic Mesopotamian Marshes prepare to see their homeland destroyed—again...

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...

Goodbye, Pumice Island
Video

A Greek islet meets its end to make ends meet.

Beauty in Blackwater
Photo Essay

While most photographers are tucked in bed, this sharpshooter dons dive gear and searches for his subjects at the ocean’s surface, in the black of...

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.

Not Your Average Beach House
Article - Short

Forget rebar or prestressed lumber—the sea provides a bounty of alternative construction materials.

Starring Sea Monsters
Article - Short

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
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.