Month: February 2009

Seeing Seals..and other marine mammals at Ogden Point

You’re likely to see a harbour seal in the water any time you walk the Ogden Point breakwater. They are pretty tame and come close for a good look at you. The harbour seal is the common seal found around Victoria or Vancouver, the western counterpart to the harp seal in the east and the [Continue]

Alluring Algae

Algae are an interesting group of organisms. They have typically been classified in the Kingdom Plantae but are now sometimes considered to be in the Kingdom Protista, better known for single-celled microscopic organisms. Algae occur in three general groups named after their colour – green, brown and red. Shown above is some algae soup, actually [Continue]

Ogden Point Breakwater: Starting with invertebrates

Countless invertebrates float in the water or on the rocks of the breakwater. This time around we’ll look at just a few of them. A guide book such as The Beachcomber’s Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest by J. Duane Sept (Harbour Publishing) can help a lot. Remember: Just look!Often, moon jellyfish and [Continue]

The hidden landscape: A bit about birds at the Ogden Point Breakwater

Most of the people who walk the kilometre or so out the Ogden Point Breakwater (seen here from The Coho ferry from Port Angeles, WA as it’s entering the Inner Harbour of Victoria) in James Bay, Victoria, BC notice the boats, helicopters and view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Peninsula [Continue]