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General News · 8th July 2014
Lynne Jordan, Cortes Museum
Misty Isles has added a NEW TRIP DESTINATION THIS YEAR to its day cruises sponsored by the Cortes Museum. The extensive reef structure off the south tip of Marina Island has a myriad of life to explore on the very low one-foot tide on Saturday, July 12th. This investigative exploration of a unique rocky reef with pockets of sand will be lead by biologist/naturalist Sabina Leader-Mense. Participants will see a phenomenal variety of life from clams, shrimp and worms that burrow, to tiny sand hoppers and everything in between all the way up to harbour seals and California sea lions. Every colour of seaweed (algae) thrives here, along with sponges, corals, sea anemones, hydroids, worms, chitons, bivalves, snails, shrimps, crabs, sea stars, sea urchins and bryozoans. You might be lucky enough to watch a wandering garter snake fishing on the low tide. Skipper/naturalist/diver Mike Moore (also known as ‘Diver Mike’!) will be wearing snorkel gear to bring sub-tidal creatures from deeper water up for participants to touch and experience. He might find a dancing nudibranch or even an octopus!

The walk will be over a slippery rocks and sand, so participants need to be sure-footed. Rubber boots are a must to protect your feet from sharp-edged shellfish. A walking stick is also recommended.

Cruise participants from off island should travel on the 8:15 am ferry from Campbell River to Quadra Island to link with the 8:45 am ferry from Heriot Bay to Cortes Island in time for a 10:00 am departure from Cortes Bay to catch the one foot low tide off Marina Island. On Cortes a shuttle service (by donation) is available both ways between the ferry and Cortes Bay, so leave your vehicle in Heriot Bay. The fee for this amazing day trip is $120 (tax included). Bring a lunch, binoculars, rubber boots and dress for the weather, including hat, sunscreen and a windbreaker jacket. Tea and cookies will be served aboard Misty Isles morning and afternoon. For more information on this and other Cortes Museum sponsored cruises call 250-935-6340 or e-mail: cimastwincomm.ca

Other Cortes Museum sponsored cruises coming up this summer include: ‘Round Maurelle Island through tidal rapids (July 29); Desolation Geology “When Wrangellia Came Wandering In” (Aug. 7); and two cruises into Desolation Sound (July, 20 and Aug. 23). Check our website – www.cortesmuseum.ca -- for more details of summer cruises and coming events.