Weekly Ocean News
New research on the echolocation advantages of toothed whales; cutlip minnows use colour to attract mates and more in this week's Ocean News.
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Cutlip minnows use their eye for colour to attract mates, according to researchers in Ontario. Males select the most colourful pebbles when building their nests on the river bed, relying on their sensitivity to orange (which is important in recognizing crustaceans, their main source of food). The researchers further noted that due […]
Raising the Dead
The Vancouver Aquarium takes steps to preserve the remains of an ancient fish.
Tucked in the basement corner of the Vancouver Aquarium is a scary looking fish suspended in a mix of water and alcohol. This is a coelacanth (pronounced “seel-a-canth”) and, at 1.7 metres long and weighing 77 kilograms, it is one cool fish. Perry Poon, the props coordinator at the Vancouver Aquarium, points to the fleshy […]
Ocean Wise® Wins Pollution Probe Award
Ocean Wise is the recipient of the annual Pollution Probe Award in recognition of leading work on our Plastic Wise Initiative.
The annual Pollution Probe Gala, called Living in the Plastic Age, calls attention to the crisis of plastic pollution on our planet. Pollution Probe has chosen to highlight Plastic Wise, an Ocean Wise initiative to raise awareness and share solutions to address the crisis of ocean plastic. The focus of this year’s gala is on […]
Sustainable Holiday Gifts
From stocking stuffers to seasonal splurges, the Vancouver Aquarium Gift Shop has your shopping list covered.
For the Eco-Warrior: Abeego Beeswax Wraps –These adorable beeswax-dipped cloth wraps are a way more sustainable way to wrap up leftover turkey and stuffing. Titanium Spork – An unbreakable utensil for the truly hard-core. You know you’ll reuse this sucker; it can survive rust, salt water, or splashes of acid and chlorine. The Lint LUV-R […]
Weekly Ocean News
What the stool of fur seals can teach us; B.C. unveils new and improved environmental assessments and more in this week's Ocean News.
Ecosystems and Biodiversity A study conducted by the University of Georgia found plastic microfibers in the stool of wild South American fur seals. The team examined stool from 51 fur seals and found that 67 % of the samples had an abundance of microfibers. Scientists have yet to determine if microfibers have any adverse effects […]
A Year of Ocean Service
The 2018 Ocean Bridge cohort looks back on the last year of ocean service and a lifetime's worth of memories.
With the conclusion of the Vancouver portion of the Ocean Bridge program, it’s hard to believe my time with Ocean Bridge is slowly coming to an end. I’ve been reflecting on the newfound direction this experience has given me and the community we’ve built. My reflection of this amazing program will hopefully be a preview […]
G7 Youth to the Rescue
The two winners of Ocean Wise's Ocean Solutions Challenge travel to Halifax to present their solutions to the G7 Environment Ministers' Meeting.
Last spring, Ocean Wise and Environment and Climate Change Canada, invited youth ages 18-25 from the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, US) to submit their innovative ocean solutions to challenges facing our oceans. The winners were invited to Halifax in June to present their ideas at the G7 Environment Ministers’ Meeting. Meet […]
Weekly Ocean News
An new way to preserve seeds for the future; tracking whales from space and more in this week's Ocean News.
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Ecologist Matthew Bracken was surprised to find a kelp forest growing from a mudflat in southeastern Alaska, because kelp requires a hard substrate, like rock, on which to anchor itself. It turned out the kelp holdfasts were not attached to the mud, but to the burrows of Northern feather duster worms that live […]