time streaming video has webcast continuously
since 2000. Digital images of marine life from
above the sea at Race Rocks and below the ocean
from remotely controlled cameras, and transmission
of real time weather data is made available.
knowledge of the First Nations and their
connection to Race Rocks is explored and explained
as the Salish people share generations of
experience in living in harmony with the abundance
that once dominated this region.
educators have developed internet-based curriculum
resources to stimulate students and teachers to
engage fully in the racerocks.com educational
program. Researchers have also shared their
studies and discoveries as we gain a new and
deeper understanding of the ecosystem.
centuries, deep ocean currents and the great
rivers of the Georgia Basin have converged in the
Strait of Juan de Fuca between southern Vancouver
Island and Washington State. Race Rocks reveals
itself as nine rocky outcrops thrust from the
ocean floor in the middle of the Strait.
generations the people of the Salish Nation
prospered in this region at the entrance to the
Salish Sea. The extraordinary richness of this
diverse ecosystem represented by Race Rocks is
valued today as it was then. Race Rocks has been
an ecological reserve since 1980 and is becoming
Canada's first internationally recognized Marine
Protected Area under the Ocean's Act.
small, rocky outcrops are home to California and
Steller's sea lions, and a birthing place for
elephant seals and harbour seals. It is a
migratory stopover for many species of birds, and
a nesting habitat for four marine species. The
life on these rocky island outcrops are only a
small portion of the ecosystem. Underwater, the
biodiversity in the productive waters is
unsurpassed on our coast. New leading-edge
bathymetry reveals Race Rocks as a giant
underwater mountain. The historical significance
of the buildings buildings and equipment of the
Race Rocks Lighthouse and the the teachings of
Salish elders merge with more recent science to
explain the overall piicture of the environment at
360 degree PTZ(pan tilt,zoom) remote controlled
camera 1 operates using POE from the top of the
tower. Camera 5 also uses POE ( Power over
internet) from the high rock on the NW corner of
the island. Another remote camera webcasts from
underwater off the North side of Great Race Rocks.
The internet signal from these cameras is
transmitted by a microwave radio transmitter from
the top of the Race Rocks light tower to go on the
internet at nearby Pearson College.
Chris Blondeau Director of
Operations of Lester Pearson College and Race