small change in the sea level at tetiaroa

It seemed appropriate for World Oceans Day to use our Nature Note to cover something about the oceans. So, we will look at tides, which turns out to be a very interesting topic here in Tetiaroa.

Find out why our ocean tides are so unique >>

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The UW seabird team is currently on Tetiaroa collecting data prior to removal of rats, something that has rarely been possible with other island eradications.

A team of scientists led by Drs. Beth Gardner and Sarah Converse from the University of Washington are studying the impact of rat removal on Tetiaroa Atoll’s seabird populations.

Seabirds play a critical role in the health of islands and oceans. They bring valuable nutrients from the marine environment onto the land by eating fish and distributing their guano (poop), which then also feeds the nearby coastal environment through run-off.

Globally, seabirds are one of the most imperiled groups of birds.1 They face threats at sea – through entanglement in fisheries…

Blue Climate Initiative was endorsed as one of the first flagship programs of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

You may have noticed Tetiaroa Society sharing news and information about the Blue Climate Initiative recently and wondered, “What is the Blue Climate Initiative and how is it related to Tetiaroa Society?”

The Blue Climate Initiative is a global initiative bringing together scientists, community groups, entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, influencers, and others to protect the ocean and accelerate ocean-related strategies to address the climate crisis and other pressing environmental issues. The fiscal sponsor for the Blue Climate Initiative is Tetiaroa Society.


Last year, 2020, was unlike any other in recent history. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the world was forced to stand still — travel came to a halt and the future filled with uncertainty. Quite suddenly, Tetiaroa became quiet…of people that is.

Birds continued their daily rituals, nesting in the native trees and foraging at the shoreline. Turtles returned to their respective beaches. Crabs, fish, sharks, and rays went about their lives searching for food.

For Tetiaroa’s native species, it was business as usual.

Photo: Kris Koeller

Outside Magazine Contributing Editor Hampton Sides recently traveled to Tetiaroa and shares his experience in this article, “We had Marlon Brando’s Island Utopia to Ourselves.”

Sides dives into the atoll’s history as a destination for Tahitian royalty, explores Marlon Brando’s path to ownership, and interviews Tetiaroa Society Executive Director Frank Murphy about how together with The Brando we are fulfilling Marlon Brando’s vision for an ecologically thriving Tetiaroa.

“Brando’s obsession is our obsession…

University of Washington scientists working on Tetiaroa Atoll discovered a cost-efficient, automated method for surveying sea cucumbers—drones! The research, published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science, found that drones could be used as a means to count sea cucumbers in shallow environments, as well as a useful survey planning tool for scuba divers and snorkelers in the field.

Lead author Dr. James Kilfoil said, “This project came about after we noticed an abundance of sea cucumbers while doing drone surveys of sharks in Tetiaroa’s lagoon. The sheer number of…

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