East Sooke Park has great inter-tidal life.

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During Block week both classes of first year Pearson College Marine Scientists had the opportunity to investigate the rocky inter-tidal life at East Sooke Park. They had an adventure and discovered some pretty amazing algae, surf-grasses, anemones, sponges, an array of limpets, mussels, periwinkles and barnacles and some really nice Goose-neck Barnacles and Vancouver Feather-Duster Worms. The last two made me feel like we were almost out on the west coast. What a beautiful place. Thanks to the Sc’ianew First Nation for the wonderful visit to their traditional lands.

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Students carefully negotiate the slippery rocks in search of  these Aggregating Anemones.

There were no injuries in spite of the slick rocks.  I was the only one to slip and was saved by a student who is used to bounding around in the mountains of  Tajikistan.

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Students from around the world explore the rocky inter-tidal. Staying upright and having fun.

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Thanks to Bill who droves us there. Caroline for the photos and everyone for thriving in the cold & wet.

The second class to head out on this expedition was really ‘hamming” it up for the camera. They also made some great discoveries in the rocky inter-tidal.

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Limpet grazing on red algal crusts was really evident while the corallines were well defended with CaCO3.

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