Whelks of Mayne Island

Weekly Sea Discovery: Whelks! We’re feeling extra whelky here today at the Mayne Island Conservancy, so we’re featuring two different whelks: the Dire Whelk and the Frilled Dogwinkle! You can find these predatory marine snails in the intertidal surrounding Mayne Island by turning over rocks or sorting through seaweed at low tide. These intertidal snails can get up to 5 cm long, but they Read more…

Pacific Sand Lance

Today’s Weekly Sea Discovery: the Pacific Sand Lance! Pacific Sand Lance are members of the extremely important food web group known as “Forage Fish”.  You may recognize this term from recent news about another member of this group, the Pacific Herring, which has faced over-exploitation along the coast of British Columbia. Forage fish are important link in the food Read more…

How are Harbour Seals Affecting Local Fish Populations?

Harbour seals have become quite a controversial creature along the Pacific Northwest, as many people have put the blame of our plummeting fishing stocks on these efficient predators. When Harbour Seal culling and hunting ended in the 1970s, populations exponentially increased but currently have remained unchanged since the mid 90s in the Strait of Georgia.While the seal populations stabilized, salmon populations in the Strait have continued to decline since the 1970s. The Read more…

Yay for Bats!

Celebrating Bat Appreciation Day, April 17, 2020 Yes, bats are definitely cool. Here are three reasons why: 1. They can fly. Bats are mammals that belong to the order Chiroptera (from the Greek cheir – “hand” and pteron -“wing”). The forelimbs of bats form webbed wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of Read more…