Good-bye Olivia and thanks for all the fun!

Releasing Olivia

This weekend we released our resident Giant Pacific Octopus ‘Olivia” on the experimental farm just a few 100 metres from where she was collected earlier this summer.   Olivia had been teaching us much about octopus behavior and we were all deeply attached to her.  Although she was well within the size range for healthy care in aquariums we felt that it was time to let her go and start again with a smaller specimen. Read the rest of this entry »

Brant Wildlife Festival 2013 – Recap (long photoessay)

Brant and Gulls

This was the first year that Deep Bay Marine Field Station has participated in the Brant Wildlife Festival, so we weren’t sure what to expect. But, boy were we surprised!  Since March 16th we’ve had a lot going on: two Wildlife Boat Tours aboard the RV Chetlo, “Society of Crows” lecture by Dr. Robert Butler, “Sumptuous Seafood” Cooking Class with Chef Debbie Shore of the Vancouver Island Culinary Institute at VIU, a premier film presentation “Blue Notes” by award winning local underwater photographer, Peter Mieras, local artist displays and demonstrations sponsored by the Salish Sea Market in Bowser, all of which lead up to our Community Open House this past weekend. Read the rest of this entry »