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The Changing Sea We Cannot See: Thoughts on The Ocean of Life by Callum Roberts

In the prologue to The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea, Callum Roberts describes his experience diving on the Great Barrier Reef twenty years after his initial visit. He cannot believe the changes he observes and thinks that, had someone prophesized such degradation, Roberts said he, “would probably have thought him mad.” The well-known fisheries scientist, Daniel Pauly, coined the term, “shifting baselines syndrome” (Chapter 3) in a 1995 paper. AsContinue Reading: The Changing Sea We Cannot See: Thoughts on The Ocean of Life by Callum Roberts

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Sea Star Research at Vancouver Aquarium

Five Awesome Facts You Didn’t Know About Echinoderms

So, you think you know everything there is to know about echinoderms? Echinoderms are the group of animals that includes sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers, feather stars and brittle stars, and they are the only group of animals that isContinue Reading: Five Awesome Facts You Didn’t Know About Echinoderms

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From Diving Researcher to Sea Monster

I’m sitting on the edge of the rock platform. I signal to my co-worker below that I am ready by pointing my fins down into the water. I quickly give my mask one more tug to ensure it’s secure. IContinue Reading: From Diving Researcher to Sea Monster

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Exploring the B.C. Shellfish and Seafood Festival

Last weekend, on behalf of the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise™ program, I attended a celebration of locally produced seafood at the B.C. Shellfish and Seafood Festival in Comox, Vancouver Island. The festival spans over two weeks with events including shellfishContinue Reading: Exploring the B.C. Shellfish and Seafood Festival

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I Spy With My Little Eye…

Have you ever gone for a walk along a shoreline and taken a close look to see what you can find? One morning, we joined a class from Lord Selkirk Elementary School for a scheduled beach walk and shoreline cleanupContinue Reading: I Spy With My Little Eye…