Last week, SPN ran into a team from the Fishes Department of the Vancouver Aquarium an Ocean Wise initiative. The collecting team included Christine, Ruby, Wade and Patti. We spoke briefly with Patti, who marveled at the beauty on Sooke’s ocean floor. She noted that most people don’t have the opportunity to know the beauty that lies beneath, and a part of her passion was bringing that up for the world to see. She and her team were gathering a few sea bits-and-pieces to add to their Vancouver initiative. Following are photos and notes from Patti Beer.
Notes from Patti Beer, Senior Aquarium Biologist, Vancouver Aquarium @ YVR, Ocean Wise
Ocean Wise (see also the YVR webpage ) is the umbrella organization that covers the Aquarium, the YVR satellite Aquarium, Education, Research, Plastic Wise, Marine Mammal Rescue, Great Canadian Shoreline Clean up, Ocean Wise Seafood and Arctic Connections.
We were in Sooke from June 3rd to June 6th. This trip was to collect intertidal animals and kelp ( things like gunnels, sculpins, clingfish, small crabs, snails, chitons , limpets and nudibranchs also known as sea slugs. And, to do some shallow exploratory dives to see what is in the area below intertidal. We came for the series of very low tides this week. We also drove around to see what access by road is available for other potential collecting sites.
We have a yearly permit from Department of Fisheries and Oceans and we contact them to let them know when we are in the area and they have our phone numbers to contact us or can come to see us if they have any concerns.
We keep track of every animal and turn in a collection report to DFO when the trip is over with a list of the animals and the date and place they were collected.
We store the animals in tight lidded buckets full of holes and the Sooke Harbour Authority was our kind host for that this week. The manager Brian was very helpful with this.
The last day we pack up the animals and kelp in coolers and a large water tote. We bag the small delicate animals with oxygen for a safe trip home and they are put on display at the Vancouver Aquarium downtown and at the Airport Aquarium past security in the International departure lounge.
Look for it by the food court next time you are flying internationally!
We are very passionate about showcasing how beautiful underwater British Columbia is and using that as the start to a conversation about what is currently troubling in our natural world and how we may move forward in holding our governments responsible for better policies, partnering for better awareness, what each of us can do individually and spreading smart, good ideas moving forward.
So this is a male kelp greenling, a pair of wolf eels named Waldorf and Windy. That yellowish crab in a previous email is a helmet crab, we collected a couple of those this trip.