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How to Clean an Accidental Beach

When a sandy beach suddenly appeared along Edmonton's riverbanks, it brought beach-goers...and a lot of trash.

Who doesn’t love a sunny day at the beach? In 2017, downtown Edmonton got the surprise of the summer when a sandy beach appeared, completely by accident, on the shores of the North Saskatchewan River. The beach formed during construction of a bridge along the river, when temporary berms changed the currents of the river […]

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Weekly Ocean News

UNESCO removes Belize's coral reefs from the endangered heritage site list, Ontario backs out of the federal green-energy program, and more in this week's edition of ocean news.

Ecosystems and Biodiversity Just how do burrowing clams create such tight spaces? Giant clams display colourful, algae-packed frills that emerges from cracks in coral reefs, making them a favourite adornment for aquariums. Meanwhile, the organ they use to bore holes remains tight inside the crevice, increasing the crack’s size as it continues to grow to […]

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Sharks Sighted on New Stamps 

Five Canadian sharks are featured on the new Canada Post stamps, unveiled at the Vancouver Aquarium.

There are nearly 30 shark species native to Canadian waters or known to visit our shores. On July 12, 2018 Canada Post chose to highlight five of these elusive, fascinating and often frightening creatures on a new set of stamps unveiled at the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative. Experts note that between 400 and 500 shark […]

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Running for Ocean Health

Mountain Equipment Co-op's run clubs take Ocean Wise's #BePlasticWise pledge — and protect the ocean.

This past month, Matthew Bicknell, an outdoor enthusiast and local Mountain Equipment Co-op run club leader, began a challenge that would open his eyes to a far-reaching and often overwhelming problem: single-use plastics winding up in places where they have no business being. Matthew signed the #BePlasticWise pledge and started getting outdoors with his MEC […]

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Weekly Ocean News

Battery-powered airplanes, humans re-imagined as zebrafish, and more in this week's edition of ocean news.

Biodiversity Cleaner shrimp are the dental hygienists of the reef. They pick parasites, food scraps and dead skin off passing predators, even climbing into their mouths without, somehow, getting eaten. It turns out that this is the result of a multi-stage negotiation between shrimp and predator. If the shrimp wants a meal, it waves its antennae […]

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A New Discovery in a Deadly Fight

Ocean Wise Researcher Jeff Marliave comments on the latest breakthrough in sea star wasting syndrome.

In 2013, sea stars along the West Coast began to die en masse from a mysterious virus. Scientists called sea star wasting syndrome, as the disease came to be known, one of the greatest die-offs ever recorded. It was also a gruesome death, with sea stars ripping off their own limbs and melting into a […]

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Meet the Judges

Who picks the winning entries to the G7 Oceans Youth Innovation Challenge? Let's find out.

Ocean Wise is proud to announce the judges for the G7 Oceans Youth Innovation Challenge. Youth aged 18 to 25 from the seven G7 countries submitted proposals for protecting the ocean and saving the environment, while the judges will review and select the two winners. The judges are passionate youth leaders doing amazing things for our […]

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Talking Water in a Changing World

The 2018 Canadian Water Summit examines water through many lenses.

The last time the Canadian Water Summit came to Vancouver, the city was in the midst of the 2015 drought and under the harshest water restrictions in over a decade. That was a very different backdrop for discussing water, as one speaker at this year’s summit in Vancouver pointed out. Three years later, 2018 has […]

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