Members of the Leys lab travelled to the west coast of British Columbia to study the sponge reefs using the remotely operated submersible ROPOS. Read about the trip and view the amazing reefs by videos - below.
Getting to Hecate Strait might appear fairly simple for people boarding at a harbor. You just walk onto the boat and steam over to your destination. However, none of our scientists or ROPOS crew members left Patricia Bay (Victoria, BC) aboard the J.P. Tully, since the Tully had another operation before our cruise. This meant that everyone had to work their way up north, to Kitimat, BC. The first crew was able to board at Kitimat harbor, so their travel plans consisted only of flying to Terrace (via Vancouver), and driving 45 minutes to Kitimat where they boarded the Tully.