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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.

The Living Beach
October 20, 2016
by Josh Silberg
At the back of a gently sloped beach lie a row of sand dunes. A few grains of sand blow along the shore, but the five-meter-high dunes appear solid. But hidden up in the trees, time-lapse cameras reveal a much different story.
Duck, Duck, Otter!
October 18, 2016
by Josh Silberg
Hakai researchers were scratching their heads a few winters ago when they repeatedly saw sea ducks eating alongside an unexpected companion. A hungry duck will do anything for a meal—even it means following around a big-toothed carnivore.
A Furry Treasure Trove of Information
September 23, 2016
by Josh Silberg
With fifty kilometers of coastline facing the open Pacific Ocean, all sorts of things wash up on Calvert Island. Japanese tsunami debris. Millions of jellyfish. Tangled clumps of kelp. But in late June, an unexpected ball of fur washed up that had Hakai scientists excited.
Calvert Island Footprints Featured in American Archaeology Magazine
September 09, 2016
by Josh Silberg
Archaeology journalist Tom Koppel joined Hakai Institute archaeologists as they returned to the site on Calvert Island where the oldest footprints in North America were found. The footprints’ story is featured in the Fall 2016 issue of American Archaeology.
Hakai Partners with the Smithsonian Institution to Better Understand the World’s Oceans
September 09, 2016
by Josh Silberg
The Hakai Institute is the first Canadian partner in the Smithsonian-led Marine Global Earth Observatory—or MarineGEO. This partnership represents the natural next phase for the Hakai Institute, coordinating our research with like-minded organizations locally and around the world.