What I’ve been reading | Winter 21/22
The enormous hole that whaling left behind
Whales are ecosystem engineers, and the devastating impact of the whaling industry in the 20th century had a cascading impact through the entirety of the southern ocean food web.
Blue whale sightings off South Georgia raise hopes of recovery
An old article from the Guardian sharing the hope of increasing blue whale sightings around the South Georgia archipelago as signs of the recovery of the species and of the ecosystem.
Life, then Death, on a Trawler in Freezing Antarctic Seas
Matt Lewis discusses his experience as a Southern Ocean fisheries observer, and the events surrounding the loss of the Sudur Havid and ten of her crew in the waters off South Georgia in the winter toothfish season.
Now Shackleton’s Endurance has been found, who determines what happens to the famous shipwreck?
The excitement surrounding the discovery of the wreck of the Endurance leads to interesting questions surrounding the protection and preservation of heritage in extreme environments.
A Portrait of South Georgia: Abundance, Exploitation, Recovery
The slow road to recovery in the ecological restoration of the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, as witnessed over the last 40 years by field ecologist Sally Poncet.