Coral reef in Sodwana

Video (TED): Enric Sala on pristine ocean ecosystems

Have you seen what Kingman Reef looks like? If not, today’s your lucky day. Kingman Reef is a triangular reef in the middle of nowhere (the northern Pacific Ocean). It is considered to be one of the very few practically untouched marine environments that we have left. The proliferation of coral is remarkable, and apex predators (mostly sharks) make up 75-85% of the fish biomass there.

In this TED talk, ecologist Enric Sala shows what untouched marine environments look like (turns out the accepted idea of the “normal” number of sharks for a reef is a bit on the low side), and mounts a spirited defence for no take marine reserves.

Look out for Sylvia Earle in the audience!

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Lapsed mathematician, creator of order, formulator of hypotheses. Lover of the ocean, being outdoors, the bush, reading, photography, travelling (especially in Africa) and road trips.

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