The Single Most Important Step For Scientific Discovery!

You heard me! I’ve actually discovered the most important part of scientific discovery so if you hope to win a Nobel Peace Prize for discovering something cool…stay tuned.

Sorry, I can’t spoil it just yet. I have to give you the background information as to how I came to acquire this sacred piece of knowledge.

It all started when our class decided to take a trip to Bamfield Marine Science Centre.

Just one of the incredible views from the intertidal zones at BMSC!

Just one of the incredible views from the intertidal zones at BMSC!

Bags, both in our hands and under our eyes from midterm season, we all tackled the seven-hour journey like pros (just kidding most of us slept the whole drive.) We got there on a Friday evening at which point our wonderful Bamfield liaisons told us to suit up and make our way to the docks. Upon reaching our destination by boat, we hiked to the ocean. In the pitch black, we heard “Okay guys, here is a guide of the some of the species you might find here.” Headlamp on, all I was thinking at this point was “What on earth am I going to find at nine o’clock at night when I can’t even see my own two feet!” But trusting that the people who knew Bamfield inside out knew their stuff, I made my way around the rocky intertidal zone. And thank goodness I realized early on in life that I am rarely right and followed their lead, because you won’t believe what we found…

As we made our way over the rocks, we noticed one of our Bamfield liaisons make her way to us. “Look what we found,” she said. And on her finger was an elongated contact lens looking structure. “Uhhhhh…what is it?” I asked. “ I have no idea!” she exclaimed. She told us how a recent storm had washed up a bunch of new animals that they couldn’t identify. Just by walking around, we found something totally new and cool.

But it gets better. As we made our way back down the rocks we heard an excited “Guys, look at this,” from one of our T.A.s. And there it stood(ish). A wild abalone!

The Wild Abalone we found on the rocky intertidal shore!

The Wild Abalone we found on the rocky intertidal shore!

Now even though this might not be a new scientific discovery, these really cool animals are extremely rare since they’re endangered.

Alright, so I bet you’re thinking “Get on with it.”Well my friends, here it is. The single most important step in scientific discovery is…

EXPLORATION! It sounds trivial but it’s really that simple! We saw all of these animals in a single evening simply exploring the rocky intertidal zone! Imagine what we could have found had we stayed longer, or explored a larger area! Imagine what you could find! Who knows, you could make international news for the discovery of a new species.

Here's just a small sample of what else we found on the intertidal shores at BMSC

Here’s just a small sample of what else we found on the intertidal shores at BMSC!

So anyway after you’re done that, if you want to know more about the some of the factors that are leading to a possible extinction of abalones click here and here.

Until next time, keep science-ing on!

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