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Ocean Autopsy

K: Magazine for British Columbia’s Knowledge Network, May/June 2022 p. 17.

Oceanographer Helen Czerski and zoologist George McGavin reveal the startling ways that humans are changing our seas and the life within them.

Zoologist George McGavin and oceanologist Helen Czerski aboard a research vessel on the North Sea with a wind farm in the background

This world’s oceans are changing more quickly than ever before in human history – and we are responsible.

To find out how they’re faring today and what we can do to preserve them for the future, oceanographer Helen Czerski and zoologist George McGavin are hopping aboard a state-of-the-art North Sea research vessel to do the definitive ocean health check.

Using the latest scientific research, they examine the water’s toxicity due to industrial chemicals and investigate a plague of microplastics saturating the sea. They discover how this human-wrought change is in turn impacting our own health, and perform an autopsy on a porpoise to witness the devastating impact on marine life at the top of the food chain.

While the situation may seem dire, all is not lost. Helen and George also follow some surprising signs of hope, including re-wilded salt marshes, flooded to counter rising seas, and biodiversity hotspots at the base of wind farms.

Watch a preview here and access two episodes.

In E1 (expires August 23), Helen and George look at ocean toxicity due to industrial chemicals and the plague of microplastics saturating the…

In E2 (expires August 30), Helen and George follow some surprising signs of hope, including re-wilded salt marshes and biodiversity hotspots at…

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