Hydrozoans are tiny, fascinating marine animals that are related to corals and jellyfish. At the Royal BC Museum, Henry Choong, curator of invertebrate zoology, researches these creatures to understand their life cycles and gain an insight into the environments in which they were found. From This Week in History Season 7 Episode 22.
Marine Protected Areas on BC’s West Coast
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are areas of the ocean legally protected for long-term conservation. There are three remarkable MPAs right here off BC's west coast. Under water volcanoes, sea mounts and glass sponges are found in these areas along with a wide variety of animals adapted to live in these extreme conditions. Heidi Gartner, Invertebrates Collections Manager and Researcher, explains the museum's role in researching and collecting data and samples from these unique areas. This Week in History Season 7 Episode 20.
The Fascinating World of Deep Sea Biology
When we think about marine biology, most of us imagine scientists studying sea life near our shores. But deep sea biology is another kettle of fish, one that bring all sorts of new challenges and exciting research opportunities. These unique marine invertebrates in the Royal BC Museum's collection are adapted to living in hot vent ecosystems at depths of over 3,000 metres. From This Week in History Season 6 Episode 3.
Marine Travellers from Japan
The collections at the Royal BC Museum form a vital record of what's living here now, what's been here before and what might be arriving. Learn more from Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Dr. Henry Choong about the marine organisms that came to our shores attached to debris after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011. From This Week in History Season 5 Episode 25.
Royal BC Museum Curator of Invertebrates Dr. Melissa Frey and Head of Collections Care and Conservation Kelly Sendall talk about the first recorded specimen of Humboldt Squid (Dosidicus gigas) in British Columbia, found in waters off Vancouver Island. From This Week in History Season 3 Episode 7.