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During our layover at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife en route to Vancouver, we were already reminiscing about the beauty of Cambridge Bay. After much debate, here’s a few of our favourite photographic mementos from our time spent exploring above and below the water in the Arctic.


Luggage carrousel at Yellowknife airport. Welcome to the North. Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre Arctic Diving

A sea star, with jelly and brittle stars.

Arctic aquatic lifeUnique soft corals found beneath the Arctic Ocean where temperatures hover around one degree Celsius.

Vancouver Aquarium Arctic ResearchRefuse, including muskox skull, below Cambridge Bay public dock. Even the Arctic waters could use a shoreline clean up.

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre Arctic Diving

Giant deep sea comb jelly. It may be cold in the Arctic Ocean, but it’s not barren.

Arctic connections with Vancouver Aquarium

Local residents fishing for arctic char in the river. Seafood is staple in the Arctic. Local cemetery in the background.

Arctic connections with Vancouver Aquarium

River meanders out of the tundra. Mount Pelly in the background.

Arctic connections with Vancouver Aquarium

The sun shines over Cambridge Bay West Arm shoreline. It may look warm enough to swim but the water hovers just above freezing.

Arctic sea life diving with Vancouver Aquarium

Close-up of an anemone.

Arctic wildlife

A peregrine falcon sits on a rock, eyeing up its next meal. These falcons kept us company by swooping over our heads during our boat dives.

Arctic aquatic life

Folded-stomach jelly.

Vancouver Aquarium dive team in the Arctic

Drysuits drying after a day of diving in the Arctic.


Moonrise over Cambridge Bay.

This summer, scientists from the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre head north for innovative Arctic research projects both below and above the ocean’s surface in collaboration with Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR), the new federal agency responsible for advancing Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic and for strengthening Canadian leadership in polar science and technology. This is the final post in a series of posts.

Blog post by Jeremy Heywood, diving safety officer for the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre.

Photos by: Jeremy Heywood, Danny Kent, Donna Gibbs and Mackenzie Neale. 

One Response

  1. Branwen Brown

    Did ya enjoy the Airport,? so different compared to Vancouver’s
    no chance that they could loose lougage when there is only two carousels,(lol)
    to me they feel similar in the sense they both display native art.
    Thank you for sharing the wonderful images you have captured,
    Love the jelly creatures, and coral, love it all ;-)’
    Nunavut is very breaktaking,
    so pleased that this inventory has been done,
    It is clear there is species in the arctic oceans that exist only in those specific conditions.


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