Saturday July 16th marked another great Parks Day on Saturna Island. Nicole Cann, SIMRES Board Member and former Vancouver Aquarium Interpreter, hosted a beach walk around East Point finding various critters including a seal pup, a snake, and even a few of the returning Pisaster seastars.
The beach walk finished up just in time for participants to join the festivities on Shell Beach at East Point. This year marked the fourth annual Intertidal Safari hosted by SIMRES and the Marine Life Sanctuaries Societies. The MLSS divers brought up various subtidal and intertidal species including jellies, flat fish, crabs and sea cucumbers. The flashiest visitor of all, a giant Pink Sea Star was the most popular, drawing attention due to its enormous size.
Visitors at East Point were also able to attend the Heritage Ceremony of the Fog Alarm Building with guests the Honorable Pat Carny and Elizabeth May. Parks Canada also provided discovery activities, crafts, and ice cream.
Once again, we were lucky enough for a visit from another ocean species-three orcas swimming past Tumbo Island
Thanks to Parks Canada and MLSS, as well as our sponsors - CRD, BC Ferries, and Saturna Parks and Recreation Commission - for their support in putting on this great event. Hope to see you again next year!
SEATALKS | Saturna Environmental Awareness Talks presented by Saturna Island Marine Research & Education Society | SIMRES