Dr. Manfred Krautter, paleobiologist, and professor at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, gives a talk on the rare Glass Sponge Reefs in the seas of British Columbia, off Canada's West Coast.

These glass sponge reefs were thought to be extinct, and were only known by their fossil records, which Dr. Krautter and other scientists used for research studies. Then, in 1987, living reefs were first discovered off the northern coast of B.C. in Hecate Strait.

Dr. Krautter's talk was in Sechelt, B.C., and hosted by the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association

I shot Dr. Krautter's talk to be able to include his knowledge of these amazing sponges, for the documentary on the Salish Sea I am working on: "This Living Salish Sea".

Both the larger northern colonies of these sponge reefs, in the Hecate Strait, and the smaller southern colonies, in the Salish Sea, are in the path of the tanker routes that will flow from the Tar Sands from the proposed Enbridge Pipeline, to Kitimat, and the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, to Vancouver.

A spill of diluted bitumen from the tankers would be catastrophic to the local environment, including the reefs.

Bottom trawls are also very damaging to the delicate sponge reefs, and there should be a protection zone, free of trawling, in the area surrounding the reefs.

These sponge reefs are akin to having living dinosaurs in your backyard. Exceedingly rare, fragile, providing habitat support for other species, and requiring complete protection.

Thanks to Dr. Krautter for generously sharing his knowledge and research, and to all the other dedicated scientists, especially those in Canada attempting to keep on doing critical research, despite Canadian Conservative Government restrictions, and to Mr. Jason Hertz, S.C.C.A. President, and to the many volunteers at the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association for all the countless hours they contribute to help in preserving and conserving the precious natural environment that sustains us.

Donations to the tip jar will be used to help offset the expenses for the film, thanks.

Camera: Panasonic GH3.
Lens, Pansonic Lumix 14-42.
Available light.
Mic., Sennheiser MKE 400 recorded to camera.
No grading.

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This Living Salish Sea

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