The Future of Castro’s Crocs

Shanna Baker reports on the ongoing bid to preserve C. rhombifer, the breed of Cuban crocodile beloved of Fidel Castro, who was known to send living and embalmed versions of the animal to allies around the world. The Cuban croc is endangered, not only due to shrinking habitat, but also to hybridization as its gene pool gets polluted by natural encounters with the bigger, shyer American crocodile.

Source: Hakai Magazine
Published: Jun 19, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,414 words)

A Fish Called Rockweed

In Maine, a strange legal debate is raging over rights to the state’s most important seaweed. At least, it seems to be a seaweed.

Source: Hakai Magazine
Published: May 29, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,595 words)

Fish, Drugs, and Murder

By protecting a third of its landbase, Costa Rica built itself into a leader in ecotourism and resource conservation. Offshore, the government gave too much of the country’s fisheries away to foreign fleets, and things have gone haywire.

Source: Hakai Magazine
Published: Dec 12, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,800 words)

The Lunar Sea

What do humans and corals (and numerous other marine creatures) have in common? We all seem to find the moon irresistibly romantic.

Source: Hakai Magazine
Published: Jun 13, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,300 words)

The Bounty of the Bone Pile

Butchered whales lure polar bears and tourists to a coastal Alaskan town. So far, so good. Sort of.

Source: Hakai Magazine
Published: Feb 27, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,400 words)

The Mysterious Disappearance of Keith Davis

Fisheries observer Keith Davis monitored fishing vessels on international waters, devoting his life to protecting the seas — until he went missing.

Author: Sarah Tory
Source: Hakai Magazine
Published: Jan 4, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

When Your Regional Symbol Becomes an Extinct Fish

Up and down the West African coast, the mighty sawfish — one of the region’s cultural anchors — has all but disappeared. Will it ever return?

Author: Jori Lewis
Source: Hakai Magazine
Published: Jun 14, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)

How to Talk about the Weather Like a Newfoundlander

The world we inhabit always shapes the language we use. In Canada’s remote, frigid province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Emily Urquhart finds poetry in the everyday expressions locals use to talk about ice, snow, and other natural phenomena.

Source: Hakai Magazine
Published: Dec 2, 2015
Length: 9 minutes (2,444 words)