Archive for December, 2012

Block week first year field trips

December 17, 2012

First year marine scientists travelled to Sidney (BC, not Australia as some of them thought when the trip was announced in class!) on 10 and 12 December to visit the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, a small aquarium full of local fishes, invertebrates and seaweeds.


We saw many beautiful and amazing creatures including:

Chrysaora fuscescens

Sea nettle (Chrysaora fuscescens)

Grunt in barnacle

Grunt sculpin (Rhamphocottus richardsonii) in empty giant acorn barnacle

Grunt sculpin

Grunt sculpin (Rhamphocottus richardsonii)

Melibe leonina

Hooded nudibranch (Melibe leonina)

Anemones & Pisaster

Anemones (Urticina sp. and Anthopleura xanthogrammica) & ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus)

Wolf eel juvenile

Juvenile wolf eel (Anarrhichthys ocellatus) in empty scallop shell

Taran & Steve

Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)

Enteroctopus dofleini

This particular individual is known as Steve and was very active on Monday 10 Dec.

Salmon survival

A few students played the salmon survival game.

Lily & Lucas

And most got their hands wet in the touch tank.

Mikelle & Emilio P1000483

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Thanks to the Oceaneers at the Ocean Discovery Centre for all of their information & enthusiasm and to Sophie for several photos & for driving us to the aquarium!

Pedder Bay sunrise – 5 December 2012

December 6, 2012

Pedder Bay sunrise2


Pedder Bay sunrise1