Sharks and Surprising Facts Underscore Need to Protect the Kermadecs

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Sharks and Surprising Facts Underscore Need to Protect the Kermadecs

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See some of the most geologically active and biologically unusual features in the ocean—wonders of the Kermadec region off New Zealand.

Rare underwater footage of the Kermadecs reveals unparalleled biodiversity including turtles, sharks, fish, and colorful coral reefs. But this bounty needs protection.

Science shows that large, fully protected marine reserves—like the one proposed for the Kermadecs—can help the planet rebuild species abundance and diversity as well as boost ocean health across the globe.

Footage by Steve Hathaway

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The ocean covers nearly three-fourths of the globe and is home to nearly half of the world’s known species—with countless yet to be discovered. It helps support more than 250 million people who depend directly or indirectly on fishing for their livelihoods. Still, human activities increasingly threaten its health. Although 72 percent of the world is covered by the ocean, less than 2 percent of these waters are fully protected.