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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 […]

Posted on November 25, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
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 […]

Posted on November 23, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
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 […]

Posted on November 21, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
Put a Cap on It

The Vancouver Aquarium vet team collaborates with Dr. Loic Legendre on capping walrus tusks.

Marine Mammal Trainer Kristyn Plancarte is standing in the Aquarium’s newest exhibit space – the Research Outpost – with a cooler of clams, mussels and squid in hand. She asks Balzak to come out of the water and join her in the research space. Nearby in the procedure room, marine mammal trainers and veterinary technicians […]

Posted on October 24, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
#BePlasticWise Halloween

Ocean Wise's Green Team talks tips for reducing disposable plastic during Halloween.

Halloween can be a difficult time for those trying to leave less disposable plastic on the earth. At this time of the year, everything seems to be covered in single-use plastic, from bite-sized chocolate bars to throwaway dollar-store costumes. In the case of trick-or-treaters, disposable plastic pretty much has to cover any candy you give […]

Posted on October 22, 2018 2 min read Continue reading
Meet Vet Fellow Megan Strobel

The Vancouver Aquarium’s latest veterinary fellow has studied dolphin hearing and performed check-ups on wild manatees.

Megan Strobel’s favourite animals show her roots. As a Florida girl, she grew up watching bottlenose dolphins from shore. As an undergraduate student at University of Florida, she worked on another favourite animal: manatees, Florida state’s marine mammal. “During the winter, wild manatees come into the springs for warm water. As part of the large […]

Posted on October 17, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Sanctuary for the Southern Ocean 

The world's largest nature reserve could help protect krill: a major part of the Antarctic food web.

In the peak of the Antarctic summer, the icy ocean sometimes takes on pinkish-red hue. This unusual coloration is actually a layer of krill (Euphausia sp.), a tiny shrimp-like crustacean the size of your pinky. They gather in large numbers to feed on the phytoplankton blooms, which only occur during the Antarctic summer. At this […]

Posted on October 15, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
Weekly Ocean News

The surprising secrets behind sea lettuce growth; the IPCC's damning report on climate change; and more in this week's ocean news.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity The impacts of global warming will be far greater than expected, according to the latest comprehensive assessment from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC’s review of over 6,000 studies concluded that the “safe” limit of 1.5 °Celsius increase could be reached in as little as 12 years and that we are […]

Posted on October 11, 2018 6 min read Continue reading

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