Did you know that Raincoast Education Society offer hands-on outdoor learning opportunities designed to engage locals and visitors of all ages with the natural world? For more information follow the Interpretive Program link in our bio. 🧐
Did you know that Eelgrass (Zostera marina) is not actually a seaweed but is a flowering aquatic plant? 🌱. These Eelgrass beds on the Pacific West Coast form complete ecosystems and are refuges for our marine invertebrates, algae, and our fish. 🐟 Eelgrass beds are such an important part of our intertidal spaces as they are considered nurseries for much of our interitdal life.
To better understand the importance of these habitats, the Shawnigan lake group and Hannah went out this weekend to do some further exploration! Through a Beach Seine, we were able to identify and observe numerous species such as the Pacific Staghorn Sculpin (Leptocottus armatus), Shiner perch (Cymatogaster aggregata), Kelp crab (Pugettia producta), and more! 🦀
Through careful handling, the groups divided the species found into buckets for proper identification. After some good observations, we eventually carefully placed all our animals and plants back where they belong and fished them well! 🔍
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