Hakai Magazine Turns Two!

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

Published April 21, 2017

Tomorrow, on April 22, Hakai Magazine turns two years old. It has been an amazing two years and all of us on staff love our jobs and feel honored that we can bring you fascinating, informative stories from the world’s coastlines. Are we on the right track? We’d love to know what you think of Hakai Magazine. Let us know via our Contact Us page or through social media.

As a little birthday retrospective, here are the top 10 most shared and most read stories from the past year.

10 Most Shared

1. Archaeological Find Puts Humans in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought by Claire Eamer

New evidence suggests human presence in a Yukon cave during the last ice age 24,000 years ago.

2. Luxury Living for Retired Whales by Amorina Kingdon

The Whale Sanctuary Project wants to build an ocean home for captive killer whales.

3. Scientists Discover an Underwater Pollinator by Sarah Keartes

A first of its kind, this marine plant is pollinated by zooplankton and invertebrates.

4. The Secret History of Bioluminescence by Ferris Jabr

Illuminating maps during war, guiding planes to safety, making genes and proteins visible—organisms get their glow on to help humans.

5. For Sale: Wild Russian Killer Whales by Lina Zeldovich

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

6. The Mysterious Disappearance of Keith Davis by Sarah Tory

The unsettling disappearance of a fisheries observer sparks questions about safety on the high seas and the fate of the fish stocks observers attempt to monitor.

7. What Happens When an Endangered Whale Pod Loses its Wise Old Grandma? by Elin Kelsey

With the death of Granny, the matriarch of the northeast Pacific’s southern resident killer whales, a century’s worth of knowledge and leadership is lost as well.

8. One Ocean, Many Killer Whale Cultures by Bethany Augliere

Iceland’s killer whale society is more fluid than that of their northeast Pacific peers.

9. What’s the True Scientific Value of Scientific Whaling? by Larry Pynn

A new study shows that countries that participate in lethal scientific whaling do not produce superior scientific research.

10. A Wall Worth Building: Making Clam Habitat Great Again by Jude Isabella and Meigan Henry

On the Pacific Northwest coast, indigenous groups are reinvigorating the ancient practice of clam gardening.

 

10 Most Read

1. Archaeological Find Puts Humans in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought by Claire Eamer

New evidence suggests human presence in a Yukon cave during the last ice age 24,000 years ago.

2. The Mysterious Disappearance of Keith Davis by Sarah Tory

The unsettling disappearance of a fisheries observer sparks questions about safety on the high seas and the fate of the fish stocks observers attempt to monitor.

3. A Sunken Bridge the Size of a Continent by Krista Langlois and Heather Pringle

A remote Arctic land may hold a vital missing chapter from human history. The only problem? It disappeared at the end of the last ice age.

4. The Last Trial of the Codfather by Brendan Borrell

Since his release from prison in the 1980s, Carlos Rafael has ruthlessly run his Massachusetts seafood business with little regard for the law. But is there any other way to survive the gauntlet of restrictions on the New England fishing industry?

5. The Clam That Sank a Thousand Ships by Sarah Gilman

These infamous clams are invading new areas, buoyed by climate change and the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

6. What’s the True Scientific Value of Scientific Whaling? by Larry Pynn

A new study shows that countries that participate in lethal scientific whaling do not produce superior scientific research.

7. The Secret History of Bioluminescence by Ferris Jabr

Illuminating maps during war, guiding planes to safety, making genes and proteins visible—organisms get their glow on to help humans.

8. Weapons of War Litter the Ocean Floor by Andrew Curry

At least one million tonnes of chemical weapons were dumped in the oceans between 1919 and 1980. Now what?

9. Why Whales Leap Into the Air by Jason G. Goldman

After hundreds of hours of observations, we now know it’s true: breaching humpback whales are yelling.

10. Luxury Living for Retired Whales by Amorina Kingdon

The Whale Sanctuary Project wants to build an ocean home for captive killer whales.