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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 Gift of Gull Eggs
August 30, 2018
by Josh Silberg
While out on their monthly rounds in Rivers Inlet, Hakai’s oceanography team was leisurely approached by a nearby vessel. They were offered an unexpected gift—a basket of gull eggs.
Measuring Sea Level: Deceptively Simple, Incredibly Precise
July 26, 2018
by Jonathan Kellogg
You walk down to the edge of the water. A light breeze hits your skin and the ocean tickles your toes with each passing wave. To ensure your favorite tide pools aren’t underwater, you checked the tide table before you left. But who made the tide table? How did they do it?
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.