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Invasive Marine Species

Sometimes, species are identified only years and years after they have been found. In 1995, an unidentified shrimp species was found at Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria. Twenty years later, it has been identified as the Japanese Skeleton Shrimp (Caprella mutica). From This Week in History Season 4 Episode 16. Credit: RBCM

Humboldt Squid

Sometimes animals extend their range on their own, without the help of people. The waters around Vancouver Island hold many mysteries, including that of the Diablo Rojo. Known as the red devil by fisherman in its native Mexico and Chile, this squid was captured by a fisherman here in 2004 and donated to the Royal BC Museum. This was one of the first specimens of the Humboldt Squid collected off the West Coast of Vancouver Island. From This Week in History Season 3 Episode 7. Credit: RBCM