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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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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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Butt Out 

A UBC study reveals yet another reason to bin cigarette butts properly.

UBC researchers analyzed data from 1,226 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups between 2013 and 2016 and recently announced a major discovery: 50 per cent of the waste recovered during cleanups of Vancouver and Victoria shorelines came from cigarettes. This, despite the fact that smoking on beaches has been banned in Vancouver for eight years, and in […]

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Proud & Loud After Hours 

Pride Week 2018 brought drag queens, contests, and sex talks to the Vancouver Aquarium.

It was not a typical After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium last Thursday. Guests  dressed in their finest drag: lycra tights, rainbow sashes and ribbons, purple tutus, electric-pink wigs, fishnet stockings and more for —you guessed it — Pride Week! With high-energy drag performances from drag queen Carlotta Gurl (a first-ever for After Hours!) and shocking aquatic animal […]

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Weekly Ocean News 

How seagrass helps curb ocean acidification; the brown crab's surprising relationship with fibreoptic cables and more in this week's Ocean News.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity Seagrass beds play a vital role in biodiversity, acting as nurseries for 20% of the world’s fisheries, including small fish and crustaceans that become prey for larger animals. Recent research has shown that these simple flowering plants could play an important role in buffering climate change. Seagrass filters the water column of […]

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Weekly Ocean News

Empty urban spaces converted into solar panels, the undervalued role of sea stars in the kelp ecosystem and more in this week's Ocean News.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity Mankind leaves its mark on the ocean in many ways: shipping, fishing, pollution, drilling and other impacts. But how much of the world’s oceans are still pristine? The answer: roughly 13%. Those untouched areas are mostly in the frigid polar seas and the remotest parts of the Pacific Ocean. Although these areas […]

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One Month, Major Impacts

This July, the Vancouver Aquarium made huge strides by taking part in a plastic-waste challenge with 38 zoos and aquariums.

It’s the end of July: a time of year when people around the world celebrate the act of reducing single-use plastic items.  Taking the challenge is not only about becoming more aware of your  plastic consumption; it’s about challenging a dependent mindset when it comes to disposable plastic. There’s of ways to reduce plastic waste, […]

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