The Hakai Institute conducts long-term scientific research at remote locations on the coastal margin of British Columbia, Canada.
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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.
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.
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.
Consider yourself lucky if you see one of these impressive fish on your dive. Often only their frilly head peeks out of a crevice. But this one-minute Hakai Wild video shows you all angles of this elusive fish.
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