Glass Sponge Reefs Protected Areas

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Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Area is part of the Tentative list of Canada in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Hexactinellid (glass) sponge reefs are located between Haida Gwaii and the mainland of British Columbia in the Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound considered to be the largest living example of glass sponge reefs that were abundant in the Jurassic Period, provide a unique window onto marine life in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, a rare insight into the biology and ecology of the Mesozoic ocean. The reefs are also shelter to numerous species including commercially important and endangered rockfish.

Map of Glass Sponge Reefs Protected Areas

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Zoë Sheng

Chinese-Canadian - 06-Jan-24 -

First off sorry there's no pictures. It is hard to spot good stuff from above the water and even when one does it will be hard to photograph. From the boat and shore most of the time I only saw the common jellyfish anyway.

I figure this isn't going to be combined with the adjacent Gwaii Haanas NP due to it being mixed culture/nature focus rather than just marine biology. We are talking about a large area between the park and the lower mainland that is considered. The waters here are quite shallow and having brought in the minerals from the ocean the hotspot here thrives. Even the ferry across has to take a specific route to have deep waters to get through. 

So while I barely touched the surface (no pun intended) and a dive would be better to discover the marine life, the cold water doesn't make it very attractive. Some people went skinny dipping in this weather back at the lodge so a 7mm wetsuit may just be enough to survive an hour underwater, though I think arranging the dive itself is a biggest issue. I'll give it thumbs up as the marine area here is generally wonderful although which part it will eventually include is undecided. The strait is quite large and touches the park areas too.

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