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General News · 2nd June 2018
Brittany Baxter
Whelks to Whales — the amazing marine life of the Strait of Georgia, presentation by Rick Harbo, marine biologist, author and photographer.

Rick will talk about the great diversity and present images of the amazing marine life in the Strait of Georgia. He will discuss the explorers and pioneer naturalists, the present and the future of the marine life of the Strait of Georgia. Rick will review his study on the early history of oyster harvesting and aquaculture at Ladysmith, “the cradle of the oyster industry.”

Rick Harbo will be our guest and interpreter on Misty Isles Cruise to Mitlenatch Island on Saturday, June 9.

Presentation – Friday, June 8, in Manson’s Hall.
Doors open 7 p.m. Presentation starts 7:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be available. All welcome. Donations are appreciated.

Vancouver-born Rick Harbo, B.Sc., graduated in biological sciences from Simon Fraser University and is a senior marine biologist with the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Nanaimo, B.C., where he lives with his wife and children.

Rick, who has been diving since 1972, is also an underwater photographer. His dives have taken him through British Columbia, Washington, Nova Scotia, Greece, the Bahamas and Hawaii.

As the dean of the popular Pacific Northwest University, Department of Marine Biology, Rick will introduce you to a smattering of wildlife like whales, seals, oysters, crabs, nudibranchs and seaweeds. As a diver and photographer, he also teaches marine life courses. Rick is one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading marine writers and photographers. Beginning with Tidepool and Reef, in 1980, he has published many bestsellers, including The Edible Seashore, Guide to the Western Seashore, Shells and Shellfish of the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Reef and Shore, and Whelks to Whales.

His books include many species, up-to-date scientific information and many brilliant full-colour photographs of hundreds of the most common plants and animals of the intertidal zone. The books are arranged for quick identification with photos and descriptions of each organism with size, habitat and interesting facts about each one. They are indispensable companions for divers, kayakers and beach strollers alike.

See www.cortesislandmuseum.ca for more information.
Books available for sale at the talk
Books available for sale at the talk