Save Our Seas Winter 2015 - Issue 04

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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great bear sea

Coastlines are magnets for development, which means that wilderness is constantly being pushed further and further into remote reaches of the interior – and that the natural flow of wildlife and ecological processes at the world’s ocean–land interface is disappearing fast. The Great Bear Rainforest along Canada’s west coast is one of the few places where a wild landscape still meets a wild ocean. Photographer Thomas Peschak spent three summer seasons exploring the Great Bear Rainforest. He hopes that his images will instil a sense of wonder, and help foster a sense of responsibility for the fate of this unique coastal wilderness.…

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The adventure begins with an epic journey to the far reaches of our planet: the north-western shore of Canada’s British Columbia, where the coastal rainforest is as remote and difficult to access as its tropical counterpart. Looking down from a small aircraft upon the innumerable straits and fjords, the islands and the lush coast of seemingly endless forest that is spotted with lakes, rivers and streams, I’m already dreaming of the adventure ahead. At Prince Rupert, just a few miles from Alaska, we’ll board the local ferry that takes us to Hartley Bay and during the four-hour journey will have the opportunity to meet people who have called this incredibly rich region their home for thousands of years: people of the First Nations. Eager to present the beauty and uniqueness of…

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where we work 2015

SOSF Centres 1 SOSF D’Arros Research Centre | Rainer von Brandis 2 SOSF Island School Seychelles | Abi March 3 SOSF Shark Research Center | Mahmood Shivji 4 SOSF Shark Education Centre | Eleanor Yeld Hutchings 5 SOSF Conservation Media Unit | Lisa Boonzaier AFRICA 6 Indian Ocean Seamounts | Paul Clerkin MADAGASCAR 7 Sharks | Frances Humber 8 Sawfishes | Ruth Leeney MOZAMBIQUE 9 Tiger Sharks | Ryan Daly 10 Sharks & Rays | Isabel da Silva SEYCHELLES 11 Bonefish | Paul Cowley 12 Manta Rays | Guy Stevens 13 Sharks | Ornella Weideli 14 Stingrays | Chantel Elston 15 Turtles | Jeanne Mortimer 16 Mapping: Drone Survey of St Joseph Atoll | Drone Adventures SOUTH AFRICA 17 Shark Spotters | Sarah Waries 18 ATAP | Paul Cowley 19 BRUVs | Lauren De Vos 20 Smoothhound Sharks | Simo Maduna 21 Southern Right Whales | Katja Vinding-Petersen 22 White Sharks | Alison Kock WEST AFRICA 23 Manatees |…

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angels’ kingdom

The Canary Islands, off the coast of Spain, are the last known stronghold of one of the world’s most critically endangered sharks. The angel shark, once prolific throughout Europe, is now extinct across most of its historical range. However, in the Canaries, a beautiful archipelago of seven volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the species continues to thrive. Local researchers have found, in addition to an apparently healthy adult population, a critical nursery site for the unusual-looking animals. Las Teresitas beach is located only 15 minutes away from the capital, Santa Cruz, on Tenerife Island. This artificial beach, created in the 1970s with white sand from the Sahara, is very popular with tourists. It is also the largest known pupping area for the rarest shark species in Europe. During the day,…

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juvenile turtle breaks long-distance world record

A juvenile hawksbill turtle tagged at St Joseph Atoll in the Seychelles’ Amirantes Islands has been discovered just north of Malindi in Kenya. The 40-centimetre turtle travelled at least 1,500 kilometres across the Western Indian Ocean, earning for itself the world record for the longest migration of a turtle that size. After surviving for 15 years adrift in the open ocean, juvenile turtles that arrive at St Joseph Atoll are in for the good life. The lagoon and surrounding habitat teem with turtle life. It is estimated that more than 700 hawksbill turtles and 1,500 green turtles live here, thriving in the atoll’s sea-grass beds. It is hard to imagine then, why one adventurous little turtle would chose to brave the open ocean once more and, after an epic year-long journey,…

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marine life makes catwalk debut

False Bay’s sharks and reef fishes can be seen strutting their stuff on the popular catwalk that runs parallel to the sea between Muizenberg and St James in Cape Town, South Africa. The Save Our Seas Marine Conservation Grant outdoor photography exhibition has been on display since early September and showcases the work of grant winners Joris van Alphen and Mac Stone. Van Alphen and Stone were sent to False Bay in December 2014 on assignment for the Save Our Seas magazine. Van Alphen’s work chronicles the plight of South Africa’s diverse community of rocky reef fishes, while Stone’s portfolio examines the complex relationship between False Bay’s water-users and its famous population of great white sharks. These photographs represent an important opportunity for Cape Town’s residents and visitors to connect with this…