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Ocean and Freshwater Connections

With two million lakes and more than 8500 rivers, Canada is a water-rich country. Surrounded by three oceans, it also has the longest coastline in the world.

The Canadian Museum of Nature actively conducts research on marine and freshwater species, supports conservation, and contributes to public education on water-related topics.

The UN has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030). Oceans stabilize climate and support life on Earth. Learn about the museum's research and education on marine species, as well as meaningful collaborations.

Various coral specimens displayed on tables.

Deep-Sea Corals and Sponges

Nature Scoop

More than 500 marine invertebrate specimens have been added to the museum's collections thanks to a donation by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. (3 min. 53 sec.).

A picture taken inside the Museum's Water Gallery.

Water Gallery

Virtual 360° Tour

Water sustains all living things on this planet. Take a 360-degree tour of the gallery and learn about many species, from tiny krill to the massive Blue Whale.

Fish swimming underwater.

Aquatic Research

Video Series

Among the museum's scientific experts are aquatic biologists who study certain marine and freshwater species. See them in the field in this video series.

Museum scientist Amanda Savoie holding seaweed in her hands.  

Seaweed and Algae

Blog Post

What are the differences between seaweed and algae? Seaweed researcher Amanda Savoie, Ph.D., explains!

Magnified image of a fish ear stone.

Fish Ear Stones Tell Many Stories

Blog Post

The Museum has 2258 otoliths (ear stones). These tiny calcium carbonate structures provide a lot of information to scientists.

Magnified image of a male caprellid amphipod named Liropus minusculus.

Species Discovery!

Blog Post

Finding a new species is exciting for scientists. Learn about the discovery of Liropus minusculus, a tiny crustacean, on the museum shelves.

A woman and a group of children carry garbage bags on a beach.

Ocean Plastics SOS

Take Action

It's time to curb our reliance on plastics. We need to work together to save the oceans and protect the diverse life they sustain. Here are eight actions you can take now to help reduce plastic pollution.

Photo of the Canada C3 icebreaker at sea.

Canada C3

Legacy

In 2017, the Museum was a key partner in Canada C3, a signature project for the nation's sesquicentennial. Our scientists conducted active research on this unique sea expedition.

Museum scientist Amanda Savoie out on the field collecting seaweed.

Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition

National Oceans Strategy

The Museum is a founding partner of the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition. The main strategic goals are ocean knowledge, ocean values, and ocean action. Read more in this article.