Dan Mangan dives to British Columbia's glass sponge reefs.
Yesterday afternoon, Juno award –winning musician Dan Mangan took a submarine dive off the coast of West Vancouver, British Columbia to see the world’s only glass sponge reefs.
Mangan went to Twitter to share his experiences and excitement for the cause (see below). He is one of eleven people who were able to see these sponge reefs up close during the dives last Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is currently
advocating for fisheries closures and Marine Protected Areas in the area where
these reefs reside. These reefs were originally thought to be extinct, but were
found approximately 20 years ago and are yet to be protected. Dr. Manfred
Krautter, a paleobiologist who specializes in sponge reefs, equated the finding
to a re-discovery of dinosaurs.
To find out more about the campaign and to show your support, head to the CPAWS website.