Stories from the Seven Seas

Coastal stories that washed up on our shore.

Published May 8, 2015
Part of our Joel's Tests series

Hakai Magazine is all about the coast, but other outlets sometimes share our fascination. Every week on Strand we round up our favorite coastal stories from around the web.

Dolphins are hunted for their teeth in the South Pacific

by Jason Goldman for Conservation Magazine

“While the meat from the dolphins that are captured does get consumed both within the hunting villages and after being sold on other islands, the ‘main objective,’ according to Oremus and his colleagues writing this week in the Royal Society’s journal Open Science, is to collect teeth for their use as ‘traditional currency, bride price, adornment and, more recently, for cash sale.’”


This map shows the full extent of the devastation wrought by U-boats in World War I

by Li Zhou for Smithsonian Magazine

“Since submarines didn’t contain enough people to comprise a boarding party, and revealing their presence would forfeit any advantage, the German Navy ultimately elected for its U-boats to attack merchant and civilian ships indiscriminately. On February 18, 1915, Germany offered ‘fair notice’ to its rivals by declaring ’unrestricted submarine warfare’ in the waters surrounding the British Isles. This declaration left any ships traveling through the region subject to sudden attacks.”


Chill out with these hauntingly beautiful landscapes in a drone-filmed tour of the Antarctic

by Rafi Schwartz for GOOD

Antarctica


Nicaragua canal: a giant project with huge environmental costs

by Chris Kraul for Yale Environment 360

“Many Nicaraguans back the canal project, and preliminary work has already begun—even before the completion of an environmental impact assessment. But other Nicaraguans, as well as local and international scientists, say the canal would be an environmental catastrophe, threatening a host of ecosystems across the country. They say it would also displace tens of thousands of Nicaraguans, including indigenous people whose territories the canal would cross.” 


Fjords soak up a surprising amount of carbon

by Boer Deng for Nature News

“[E]very square kilometre of fjord sediment sequesters around five times more carbon each year than the equivalent area of the ocean's continental shelves, home to the next most-absorbent sediments.”


Alexandria Lighthouse to be reassembled in original location

by Rany Mostafa for The Cairo Post

“The Lighthouse, also known as the Pharos, was badly damaged due to a series of earthquakes that hit Alexandria and the Mediterranean area between the 3rd and 12th centuries, Greco-Roman archaeology professor Fathy Khourshid told The Cairo Post Tuesday.”