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Hakai Stories

An Old Sea Otter’s Final Dive
August 04, 2017 by Grant Callegari, Josh Silberg
Every skeleton has its own personal story. In late June 2016, an unexpected carcass washed up near our ecological observatory on Calvert Island—an old male sea otter that our scientists knew from their research. And now, after 150 meticulous hours rebuilding his skeleton, he takes his final dive.
Go with the Flow
May 15, 2017 by Meigan Henry, Grant Callegari
Water can move mountains, one piece at a time. These fragments get carried downstream, often washing down into the sea. Many of the tiniest coastal ocean creatures can trace their food sources back to these nutrients coming off the land. But how much nutrient-laden water enters the ocean? A team of scientists and engineers set out to wire a small corner of a remote landscape with a clever idea and a pinch of salt.
When Herring Come to Spawn
February 28, 2017 by Meigan Henry, Grant Callegari
Every spring, nature puts on a breathtaking show on the BC coast. The waters turn milky white as millions of male herring release sperm, while the female fish lay billions of pinhead-sized eggs. Both the eggs and the fish themselves are a critical post-winter food source for animals from bears to bald eagles, whales to wolves, and herons to humans. With this video, you can travel to the BC Central Coast to watch the show.
Scientific Mapping Has Entered the Drone Era
February 02, 2017 by Meigan Henry
Mapmaking has made huge leaps in the past few decades. Now, scientists can map in great detail with technology that can fit in a backpack. Find out how the Hakai Institute and its partners are using drones to view and study the landscape like never before.
October 03, 2016 by Grant Callegari, Meigan Henry
Sand dunes are constantly changing. Change is natural for a dune. If left to nature, they’re quite resilient and tend to recover from forces that erode away the sand. But we don’t know an awful lot about how these dunes recover. So Hakai scientists are watching the dunes drift, one sand grain at a time.