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Life at Hakai

Come and explore the inside world of a world class research institute perched on the remote west coast of Canada.

A Beachcomber’s Grail
July 12, 2018
by Josh Silberg
One afternoon, Scott Hamel found himself on Little Wolf Beach, a 200-meter-long crescent of sand on Calvert Island. The beach faces a secluded cove, but the open Pacific Ocean crashes against the outer coast less than two kilometers away. And sometimes, the ocean brings in treasure.
3 Forces that Shift the Shore
June 14, 2018
by Josh Silberg
Coasts have been a desirable home for humans for tens of thousands of years. So when archaeologists want to investigate past inhabitants in lands that border oceans, they seek out old coastlines. One problem. Most coastlines don’t sit still.
It’s a Buoy!
May 23, 2018
by Jonathan Kellogg
An oceanographic buoy comes out of its Alaskan retirement and finds a new home off Hakai’s Calvert Island Ecological Observatory. To deploy the buoy requires an intrepid team, a workhorse barge, and dropping four tonnes of weight onto a tiny target at the bottom of the ocean.
Bald Eagle vs. Great Blue Heron
May 07, 2018
by Josh Silberg
Wings and feathers whooshed through the air. The enormous blur of a great blue heron zoomed past. Seconds later, a bald eagle chased in hot pursuit. It’s a bird eat bird world out there. And scientists are there to get educational materials from it.
Does Human Disturbance Affect Fish in Seagrass Meadows?
March 05, 2018
by Josh Silberg
A new study from across British Columbia shows that fish diversity in seagrass meadows is lower where there is more human disturbance.