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Student divers to collect sea critters for Campbell Rivers Discovery Passage Aquarium

05/02/18

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Slurp guns, sea lettuce and grunt sculpins if its not some underwater sci-fi epic then it must mean that Campbell Rivers Discovery Passage Aquarium is preparing to open its doors for the spring season.

The local non-profit aquarium has once again enlisted a team of student divers from Campbell Rivers DiveSafe International to collect specimens of local sea life in time for its opening day on May 14.

On May 11, a team of 10 students from DiveSafe Internationals commercial dive program will gently collect fish, small octopuses, red-rock crabs, kelp greenlings, sea lettuce and other sea life to be transferred temporarily to the Discovery Passage Aquarium. Theyll also use a slurp gun a clear, plastic tube with a plunger on one end to bag the fish, and will collect strawberry anemones, which secure themselves to rocks and form a rose-coloured carpet on the seafloor.

Theyll scoop up colourful sea sponges that will create a beautiful, kaleidoscopic backdrop for the aquariums tanks, and theyll definitely be on the lookout for grunt sculpins tiny, brown-and-white striped fish that are hugely popular with children at the aquarium because of their pig-like snout and grunting noises.

Specimens collected are returned to their respective area of collection each fall.

Weve been involved in collecting specimens for the Discovery Passage Aquarium most years since they opened in 2012, Kelly Korol, DiveSafe Internationals Director of Training, says in a press release. We see it as a sort of annual public service; were just so pleased to help show people the wonder of whats living right here in our local waters.

Not only do we get to collect a diverse range of local sea life for Campbell Riverites to discover but its also a great opportunity for our students to practice marine life identification. Tasks like this can give them a major leg-up toward snagging highly coveted jobs in occupational diving, aquaculture and marine biology.

DiveSafe International has offered commercial diving instruction out of Campbell River since 2005. Students learn directly from world-class instructors while immersed in local waters renowned for their diving and teeming with a vibrant cornucopia of sea life an ideal training ground for future marine biologists.

To learn more about DiveSafe International, including its upcoming five-week Commercial SCUBA course, visit www.divesafe.com.