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IB exam 2015

April 30, 2015

Year 40 Marine Scientists

As I post this, the 23 marine scientists pictured above are completing their two year multimodal experience in Marine Science by writing paper 2 of their IB examination in the caf.

Congratulations to all and thanks for many wonderful adventures!

Deep sea costumes 2015

February 20, 2015


Here are the latest deep sea organisms to visit Pearson College… this time on Wednesday 21 January and Thursday 22 January 2015.

This year the specimens included:

P1040166 Prince Axel’s wonderfish

P1040183 A tube-eye or thread-tail fish

P1040179 Crown jellyfish

P1040178Barreleye fish

P1040173 Chubby flashlight fish

P1040171 Deep sea glass squid

P1040168 Umbrella mouth gulper

P1040204 A stoplight loosejaw fish

P1040208 A dragonfish

P1040207 A gulper eel

P1040206 Venus’s flower basket sponge

P1040205and a basket star.

Bull kelp pickles

November 10, 2014


On Friday evening, Yam served and shared the bull kelp pickles that she and Noemi had prepared about 4 weeks earlier using bull kelp that we collected on one of the kelp forest field trips. The recipe they used can be found here.

It was burgers for dinner and the delicious bull kelp pickles really complimented the meal.

P1040826 P1040825Thank you Yam!!


Kelp forest trips 2014

October 22, 2014

Kelp at surface

Friday 10 October and Tuesday 14 October, second year marine scientists did the annual field trip to the Nereocystis kelp forest at Fossil Point.  This is one of the very best field trips we do in the IB Marine Science course at Pearson College. Divers get into the water with a camera that is tethered to a monitor on our boat ‘Second Nature’ so that non-divers can experience the kelp forest along with the divers.

Yam (below), Riikka and Tyleisha did the dive on Friday.


Stuart (below) and Martin (even further below) did the dive on Tuesday.




Martin getting instruction on how to use the camera…

Camera instruct

…before rolling off of ‘Second Nature’.

Martin roll

The divers descend with the camera so that everyone on board can see what they see on the monitor in the cabin.

Eliott notesMonitoringMonitor2 Monitor Melibe2 Melibe

Sometimes we can also see the divers:

Stuart underwater

Non-divers are invited to snorkel around the surface of the kelp forest and have a wonderful time acting like sea otters.

E snorkellers2Chloe


Back on ‘Second Nature’ other students are doing various measurements…

Caroline stipe

and making observations…


Cyanea touch Cyanea bucket Courtney Simon

Thanks to Courtney for making these 2 trips happen and to the divers, snorkelers, measurers, observers and photographers.

Harbour seal necropsy 2014

September 16, 2014

On Saturday 13 September, many students observed or got directly involved in the necropsy of the little female harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) that we found in the mudflats last week.



With permission from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, we examined the body of the seal inside and out…



Two students, Haruna & Mariam, carefully teased apart the small intestine, stretched it out and measured it to be 12.8 m long.  All that intestine in a seal that was only 0.82 m long!




We did examine many organs but could not determine the cause of death.





A very unique opportunity for many Pearson College students! Thanks to all involved including the many photographers.


This is one of my favourite photos from the event… the lens from one of the eyes, which you may be able to see has inverted the image behind it.

Mudflat mayhem

September 11, 2014

Yam in mud

On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this week, second year Marine Science students paddled across Pedder Bay to get to the mudflats. In fact for E block students this was their first class back after the break – a serious re-immersion back into the course!

We did a lot of digging…

Camille digging E in the mud E diggers Chloe digging

And discovered some cool creatures…

Yam diggingNereid

including a dead Harbour Seal.

Harbour seal

And only one major mudflat mishap.

Kami contemplating

Two wonderful mornings overall!

Moon over PB



Field Exam 2014 – A block

May 19, 2014

Better late than never, right?  On 16 May 2014, the other class of first year marine scientists (A block) wrote their field exam at Race Rocks.  Here are a few photos of their experience.

Chloe at the PC docks before departing for Race Rocks.


Students working hard:





Measuring the change in the height of the tide over 30 minutes…




Courtney, Ivan & Sophia watching the whale watchers.

Courtney Ivan Sophia


Happy students!!



Buzurg & Awa measuring the dimensions of the Race Rocks jetty.

Buzurg Awa


Elephant seals (?!) on the jetty.

Elephant seals


Exam is over – time to return to the College.




Awa on boat


Riikka on boat



Thanks to Sophia for taking photos!


Field Exam 2014 – D block

May 16, 2014

RR2 It was a stunningly beautiful Thursday morning when eight D block marine scientists travelled to Race Rocks to complete their field exam. Kami Students measured, Hanne2 and measured, Erika Laura Zeena and wrote, Erika Tyleisha and wrote, Killaq and wrote. Hanne A very successful morning for the students and for the island wildlife: Anemone eating A giant green anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) feasting on what appeared to be a sea cucumber. There were also many, many elephant seals: Elephant seal flies Elephant seals Elephant seal2 Elephant seal   Special thanks to Anne Stewart for preparing the students so well: AnneAnne2 and to Elliot (PC 39) for the photos. Elliot

Goldstream salmon run 2013

November 25, 2013

On Wednesday 6 November (A block) and Thursday 7 November (D block) first year Marine Science students had the opportunity to observe spawning chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) at Goldstream Provincial Park.Swimming salmon

D observing

We saw many live salmon, swimming & spawning, and many dead & decaying salmon.

Dead salmon2

Decaying salmon

There were also many gulls watching this incredible event…

Standing gull

Standing gull2

Some gulls were swimming along side the salmon…

Swimming salmon and gull

and many gulls were diving for salmon eggs.

Diving gull

A class photo A Block

D class photo D Block

D dead salmon

Awa in glasses

Thanks to Alfredo, Camille vG and Tyleisha for photos!

Liquid Layering Lab

November 18, 2013

Liquid layers

Although it may be a bit tricky to see in all the tubes above, there should be four coloured layers of water – each layer with a different density.

Students were challenged to use coloured water of differing temperature and salinity to make the layers.

Hot liquids

Cold liquids


Liquid layers2


If you look closely, you should see a yellow layer between the red and green layers below.

Liquid layers3

Window layers


Thanks to Alfredo for the photos!