November was a busy month here at Ocean Wise, from our youth spending time in the field ID-ing Humpback whales, to our staff and scientists taking next steps after the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
See some of the highlights below!
@OceanWiseYouth had a fantastic month! Pictured above are two Direct Action Ambassadors, Cierra and Victoria, who got to visit Haida Gwaii, British Columbia to continue their project work with the North Coast Cetacean Research Initiative (NCCRI)! Cierra has been working on education and outreach, shoreline cleanups, and lots of data analysis, all while learning new software in the process. Victoria has been analyzing hydrophobic data from Chatham sound, looking for evidence of whales, as well as ID-ing unmatched Humpbacks for the NCCRI database. Stay tuned on our youth Instagram page to find out what these two young marine conservation professionals will do next!
November 18th was #LGBTQSTEMDay and @OceanWise shared a blog written by our very own Dr. Chloe Robinson, Ocean Wise Research and Conservation Manager for our Whales Initiative, about navigating through her career in STEM as a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Chloe shares a few of the incredible LGBTQIA2S+ people working in the marine sciences field that have inspired her along the way through her formal education and into her career.
@OceanWiseEdu shared a fun post on twitter about decorator crabs! Did you know that these crabs dress up and decorate, not just for the holidays! Using algae, sponges, and even sea anemones, each species of decorator crab picks their favourite decorations to cover their exoskeleton providing protection and camouflage. Follow our education team to learn more fun facts!
As the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference wrapped up last month, Ocean Wise shared a blog on LinkedIn about one of our potential solutions for climate change: Seaforestation. Commitments at COP26 to stop deforestation and invest in natural climate solutions recognize trees as a promising climate solution on land, but 70% of the earth is covered in water! Seaforestation is the restoration, cultivation, and protection of underwater kelp forests, and like forests on land, offers a powerful tool to mitigate carbon emissions. In fact, kelp forests can sequester 20X carbon per square kilometre than forest ecosystems!
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