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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.

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.
Micro-Flatworm Surprise
January 29, 2018
by Josh Silberg
If you look close enough, you can just see them squeezing their way in between grains of sand and scooting along on seaweed—tiny flatworms. When scientists looked closer at these tiny creatures, they found that one species was actually four.
Paddling a Science Canoe
January 17, 2018
by Josh Silberg
Three rain-gear-clad scientists crammed into a canoe and quietly paddled across a Guinness-colored lake. For six damp hours they meandered in a zigzag pattern from one shore to the other to gather a key piece of missing information—how deep is the lake?