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“Mom, Can You Hear Me?"

Field notes from the beluga research tower in the Saguenay-St Lawrence Marine Park of Quebec.

With more than 100 drone flights, four weeks of nearly continuous beluga whale recordings, and belugas in Sainte-Marguerite Bay nearly every day, the second season on the research tower in Quebec’s Saguenay-St Lawrence Marine Park was productive beyond our wildest dreams. It is hard to believe that another season has come and gone! This year, […]

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Weekly Ocean News

Super-sensitive otter whiskers, emission-free fjords in Norway, and more in this week's Ocean News.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity Three new species of snailfish have been discovered living 7.5 kilometres below the surface of the ocean. These snailfish have gel-like bodies that are actually together by the crushing pressures of their deep-ocean surroundings. (About 800 bars of pressure or 11, 603 pounds per square inch.)  If raised to shallower waters, they would […]

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Country-Wide Cleanups Mark 25th Anniversary 

On International Coastal Cleanup Day,  the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup celebrated its 25th anniversary with cross-country cleanups.

This past Saturday, an army of passionate volunteers descended on shorelines across the country to mark International Coastal Cleanup day and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the community-led Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Events took place across the country, and volunteers turned up in Richmond, B.C., Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax to clear shorelines of litter that […]

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Vancouver Aquarium Wins Big at CAZA

Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) Awards presented the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, with two awards in recognition of the Aquarium’s Steller’s Bay exhibit and Arctic cod propagation program.

This past weekend in Cambridge, Ontario, the Vancouver Aquarium received accolades from the Canadian zoo and aquarium community, winning the Thomas R. Baines Award for the creation of the Steller’s Bay  exhibit, and the Col. G.D. Dailley Award, which recognizes achievement in propagation and management programs that contributes to the long-term survival of at-risk animal species or populations. […]

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Weekly Ocean News

Big moves to make cigarette filters ocean-friendly; Maine's coastal waters break record highs; and more in this week's Ocean News.

Plastics There are fewer microplastics in ocean surfaces than expected — what gives? Scientists are using polystyrene beads (also known as microbeads and recently banned in Canadian cosmetics) to find out. Studies show that even low-density plastics, which would normally float, clump together with biological particles in the water and sink to the seabed. Microplastics don’t […]

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The Journey to Underwater Work 

This year’s Our World Underwater North American Scholar Yann Herrera Fuchs visits the Vancouver Aquarium.

Let’s say you love the ocean and one day, whatever you do, you know you’re going to work underwater. But how? The career path to underwater employment is murky, a little like the depths of the ocean. Since 1974, the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society has helped young people gain experience in the field with a […]

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Celebrating Teachers 

Before school starts next week, Ocean Wise spent the night honouring B.C. teachers.

Last night at the Vancouver Aquarium, teachers, principals, educators and teacher candidates filled the immersive galleries of the Ocean Wise initiative. Teacher Appreciation Night celebrates the integral part educators play in developing the ocean champions of tomorrow. Guests explored the magic of the quiet Aquarium after dark, won prizes and shared stories from the dying […]

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Weekly Ocean News 

Contact lenses are bad news for ocean plastic pollution; Spain's constitutional crisis is impacting red coral; and more in this week's ocean news.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity Salmon, sharks, and cod are suffering cognitive problems and disorientation from high carbon dioxide levels. Gases like this dissolve better in colder, deeper waters. The problem is particularly severe in northern estuarine waters, where fertilizer run-off has lowered oxygen levels. Via Phys.org Crawfish, more commonly known as swamp crayfish, have spread from […]

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