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Orcas, Octopus and Urchins, oh my!

October 6, 2015

Stella Miguel Orca German

On our way to the kelp forest this afternoon, G block marine scientists were distracted by three orcas making their way from the mouth of Pedder Bay towards Victoria. It was a magical experience to follow the whales as they travelled past William Head. There were two males and one female in the group.

We pulled ourselves away from the whales and headed back to Fossil Point where three divers and five snorkelers entered the water to explore the kelp forest. This time, Courtney brought us a giant red sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus) and it was Jasper that found the octopus (an already-dissected octopus!).Red urchin

Inside mantle cavity Beakless octopus

Giant Pacific Octopus!!

October 5, 2015

Octopus on deck

During our first of three kelp forest excursions today, Courtney found a dead Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) while diving and she brought it to the surface in a collection bag.

Octopus in bag Octopus coming out of bag

We put in on the deck of Second Nature and had a closer look.

Octopus arms Octopus beak

We did a quick dissection with a Swiss army knife and saw gills, guts and gonads (we think!). Kohtaro has more photos of the dissection which I will post later…

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!