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Episode 1503: Bermuda: Life at Ocean's Edge

Bermuda is not only the shipwreck capital of the world, but also home to one of the highest latitude reefs on the planet. Covering 280 square miles, Bermuda’s extensive reef platform is essential for its tourism and fishing industries. But, more crucially, these reefs that once terrified mariners of old, are now all that protects the islands from the high seas of the Atlantic.

Today, the islands, reefs, and shipwrecks are all subject to the accelerating impacts of a changing climate. But Bermuda is also in a unique position to meet these challenges. While reefs around the world are suffering under intense heat events, Bermuda's corals remain relatively healthy, and researchers are trying to find out why. These tougher corals and their unique location may offer clues to heightened resilience in the face of a changing climate. 

Working at the edge of science – and living at the edge of the ocean – local Bermudians and international scientists race to protect these islands and reefs they call home. 


Meet the experts featured in this episode.

Special Thanks:


Blue Water Divers & Watersports

Robinson’s Marina, Somerset Bridge





Makin' Waves Bermuda

Dockyard Location

16 Camber Road




Hamilton Location

11 Church Street






Image Credits

Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:

Philippe Max Rouja, Ph.D.


Stuart Joblin


Scott Stallard


Samia Sarkis, Ph.D.

Lindsay Watson

Living Reefs Foundation 


Alex Pilgrim Photography


Yvonne Sawall, Ph.D. and Justin Gross






The Bermuda 100 Project


Jesse Allen

NASA Earth Observatory

U.S. Geological Survey


Satellite Images

© 2023 Planet Labs PBC 

Special Thanks:


Tiffany Wardman

Kweshon Woods-Hollis

Kyla Smith

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences


Maria Trott 

Bermuda Department of Environment 

and Natural Resources


Candice Kieck

Living Reefs Foundation


Rose Anne Davis

Ministry of Works and Engineering


Chris Gauntlett

Blue Water Divers


Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute


Jean-Pierre Rouja

Nonsuch Expeditions


Dr. Edward Schultz


Nick Hutchings


Jade Woods-Hollis


Jill and Justin Keith


Dominique Rissolo, Ph.D. 

Falko Kuester, Ph.D. 

Vid Petrovic

Scott McAvoy

Scott Blair

Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative

University of California, San Diego


Megan Zaroda and Anne Pellegrino

Planet Labs


Ben Watson


Adam Blumenthal


Patricia Smith

Web Extras

Coral Resilience | The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Soar Over the Bermuda Coast                     
Coral Restoration Work with the Living Reefs Foundation
Aerial Odyssey of Bermuda's Shipwrecks
 Episode Sneak Peek                                 
Diving the Montana Wreck | Bermuda
Hey Parrotfish! Say Cheese!                     
Shipwrecks & Parrotfish with Native Bermudian

Funding for this episode of Changing Seas was provided by:

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