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An eelgrass meadow, a type of seagrass found in the northern hemisphere including in Boundary Bay, British Columbia shown here at low tide. (Photo: Katie Tjaden-McClement)

Environment

Protecting Canada’s hidden “meadows of the sea”

Collaborative research is uncovering the secrets of coastal seagrass beds to help keep them healthy

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A bright iridescent orange-and-blue coloured sea slug (nudibranch) is laying eggs on top of a sea sponge

Wildlife

What is a nudibranch? Meet the “high fashion models” of the ocean depths

The naked truth about nudibranchs, in British Columbia and beyond

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People & Culture

Our best photos of 2018

A look back at the most awe-inspiring and thought-provoking visuals we published this year

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Glass sponge reef in B.C.'s Hecate Strait

Wildlife

B.C.’s glass sponges “cough” to unclog blocked pores

New research reveals these unique animals evolved a way to rid their systems of excess sediment — but the sponges may be having trouble keeping up with human activity in their habitat

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tiger shark

Wildlife

Get to know Canada’s shark species

Meet some of the incredible toothy predators swimming off our shores

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Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Chúk Odenigbo

We are the ocean, yet we know not who we are, so we went to people who did

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Environment

Icebergs in the Canadian High Arctic

Environment

Microplastics are turning up in Arctic ice

The discovery of microplastics in ice cores from Lancaster Sound highlights plastic pollution’s disturbing reach

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Ocean Bridge participant Hannah Kosick holds colourful microplastics picked up on T’aalan Stl’ang. (Photo: Conner McDowell)

Environment

Canada to ban single-use plastics by 2021

Ban on plastic bags, cutlery, straws, stir sticks and more announced as part of federal government strategy to combat plastic pollution

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Three long-finned pilot whales swim in a cerulean blue sea

Environment

Canada announces ban on industrial activities in marine protected areas

Oil and gas extraction, mining, dumping among prohibited activities in ecologically sensitive areas set aside for conservation

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A wall of colourful sponges and anemones in the American Bank Marine Protected Area

Environment

“Treasure of the Gulf of St. Lawrence” designated a Marine Protected Area

Canada’s newest Marine Protected Area, Banc-des-Américains (American Bank), protects 1,000 square kilometres of important marine habitat off Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula

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Minister Wilkinson

Environment

Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on the future of Canada’s oceans

The new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard sits down with Canadian Geographic for an exclusive interview on a range of topics, from salmon to whales to ‘last ice’

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Coral bleaching at Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef, February 2016

Environment

Study finds marine heatwaves are becoming more frequent and intense

New Canadian research suggests marine ecosystems are quite literally in hot water as the global climate warms

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Centimetre-long brine shrimp

Wildlife

Tiny shrimp may be stirring up the oceans

New research suggests that swarms of migrating crustaceans have a big impact on ocean mixing

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North Atlantic right whale in Gulf

Wildlife

Federal government announces new measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

Following a deadly summer for the endangered whales, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is tightening regulations for crab fishers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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