Save Our Seas Summer 2015

The Save Our Seas magazine is a visual celebration of the projects the Save Our Seas Foundation is supporting around the world. Powerful and unique imagery highlight the incredible diversity and beauty of nature, and the impact that we, humans, have on the Oceans. We thrive to produce both a reference magazine for marine conservation bonding compelling visuals and revealing content, and a driver for optimism, showcasing the ripple effect that one organisation can have in the world of ocean conservation. «In the effort to protect our oceans, the Save Our Seas Foundation funds and supports research, conservation and education projects worldwide, focusing primarily on charismatic threatened wildlife and their habitats.» Save Our Seas Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

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our ocean

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The most influential role models we have growing up are unequivocally our parents, through their genes and the environment they create for us. Then, as the world expands around us, we look up to other people who will act as figureheads throughout our lives. For me, a passion for the oceans originated from Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s influence and a fascination for sharks was sparked by a few people who recognised their plight long before it made headlines. Dr Eugénie Clark, affectionately known as ‘the Shark Lady’, was one of these pioneers. She passed away at the honourable age of 92 on 25 February 2015, leaving not only an incomparable legacy in shark research and conservation, but an inspiration for everyone who is currently helping to dispel the effects of Jaws and…

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where we work 2015

AFRICA 1 Indian Ocean Sea Mounts | Paul Clerkin MADAGASCAR 2 Sharks | Frances Humber 3 Sawfishes | Ruth Leeney MOZAMBIQUE 4 Tiger Sharks | Ryan Daly 5 Sharks & Rays | Isabel da Silva SEYCHELLES 6 SOSF D’Arros Research Centre | Rainer von Brandis 7 SOSF Island School Seychelles | Abi March 8 Bonefish | Paul Cowley 9 Manta Rays | Guy Stevens 10 Sharks | Ornella Weideli 11 Stingrays | Chantel Elston 12 Turtles | Jeanne Mortimer SOUTH AFRICA 13 SOSF Shark Education Centre | Eleanor Yeld Hutchings 14 Shark Spotters | Sarah Waries 15 ATAP | Paul Cowley 16 BRUVS | Lauren De Vos & Colin Attwood 17 Smoothhound Sharks | Simo Maduna 18 Southern Right Whales | Katja Vinding-Petersen 19 White Sharks | Alison Kock SUDAN 20 Sharks | Igbal Elhassan WEST AFRICA 21 Manatees | Lucy Keith Diagne OCEANIA 22 Student Travel Grants | Oceania Chondrichthyan Society (OCS) Conference AUSTRALIA 23 Batoids | Barbara Wueringer 24 Sawfishes…

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elusive in the eastern pacific

It is the largest of the sharks and is found in all tropical seas, yet the whale shark remains enigmatic. There are still many mysteries about the behaviour and ecology of this gentle, plankton-eating giant. In the Pacific Ocean, there are whale shark research programmes in Taiwan, the Philippines, Mexico and the Galapagos. In the Eastern Pacific specifically, though, the species is poorly understood. Nevertheless, it is known to migrate very long distances – thousands of kilometres. And although the presence of whale sharks off the coast of Peru has been confirmed since 1955, until now these animals have not been studied. Dení Ramírez-Macías has been researching whale sharks off the west coast of Mexico – and in other parts of the world – for more than 10 years. Now…

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pitcairn islands: to be the world’s biggest marine protected area

Located in the southern Pacific Ocean and more than 5,000 kilometres from the nearest continent, the four Pitcairn Islands are home to about 50 people and more than 80 marine species. Earlier this year, the UK took a step towards protecting the Pitcairn marine environment and claiming the title of having the largest marine protected area (MPA) in the world. In its 2015 budget, the UK government announced its intention to establish a vast MPA at the islands. It has been proposed that the protected area will cover 99% of the islands’ waters (834,000 square kilometres), which will be largely closed to fishing. There are caveats to this announcement, however, as the designation of the reserve will depend on procedures for effective enforcement being devised. ‘The government intends to proceed with…

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going down...

The mysterious lifestyle of Greenland sharks makes them incredibly difficult to follow. Peter Bushnell and John Steffensen have been studying these animals since 2011 and it was only recently that they found a way to track them. On their latest expedition they employed a new tagging method that provides ground-breaking insights into not only where, but also how deep Greenland sharks go. How do you track a shark that lives in the depths, often beneath ice floes, in the northernmost reaches of the planet where the sun glares for weeks in summer but doesn’t emerge at all in winter? SPOT tags, which rely on GPS, work perfectly for animals like white sharks that come to the surface; PSAT tags, which estimate geographic position by measuring depth, time of day and light…