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The Sir Alexander Mackenzie School (Bella Coola Valley) Science 10 Hakai Trip school group shot.
(Credit: Sara Germain)

May long weekend, 2012

My Science 10 class and I (a student) took a three hour ferry ride from Bella Coola, B.C. to Calvert Island, where Hakai Beach is found. Everyday was an adventure that was compacted with learning, memories, and fun; we made some observations on the beaches, went for hikes, did some swimming, talked to scientists, and ate three organic meals a day in a five-star lodge that not just anyone is allowed in.

Going there, we saw some dolphins, and I could just tell that it was going to be an awesome trip! When we arrived in Hakai, it was one of the most exciting things ever for me. It is just so remote, environmental, and beautiful. We did a beach walk and there are so many unique organisms, every tide pool was full of life. It was so much fun to climb on the rocks, run through the sand and watch the tides change.

We were able to talk to some scientists almost every day and they really helped us to extend what we were learning in class. Some specialized in sand dunes, and others in different plankton, but we wouldn't have been able to stay awake for the presentations without the help from eating three organic meals a day and a comfy bed! There was a desert for every meal, and they make everything so environmentally friendly. Hakai Institute has huge solar panels and then the energy is stored in a room full of batteries — it was incredible.

All in all, one of my favourite things was trying to surf! It was very cold, but definitely worth it. The waves are just so powerful and free. It is mesmerizing.

We need more places like Hakai, so environmentally friendly, and a place where scientists can go to learn about what is in our oceans. Without a healthy ocean, what would happen to to Hakai? I definitely want to be able to go there again.

Message to Canadians: There are a lot of incredible living organisms in the ocean that are yet to be discovered.

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/oceans/projects/healthy-oceans/pacific-ocean-stories/science-in-hakai/
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By Kasey Karran

Bella Coola

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Nov 06, 2012
1:24 PM

I'm responding to the sentence, "the waves are just so powerful and free." Kasey has identified another energy source, which could eliminate the need for using dirty fossil fuels. Waves create energy. Why not use that energy, If it can be tapped in a way that keeps the environment "green"? An oil tanker spill would destroy the environment she learned to appreciate. She wants to go there again. Would Kasey want to see the beaches and marine life covered in a coat of oil? I think not! Thank you Kasey for sharing your ideas about the incredible awesomness of the coastal waters.

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