BC Ferries’s busy route plying the waters between Victoria and Vancouver sees lots of tourists, many of whom have no idea about (or care for) the local marine life they’re sailing over.
Perhaps that’s why the crown corporation has seen fit to add a biologist to its retinue of stewards, cashiers, and deckhands—to provide a little eco®–friendly PR about local marine life up top as their powerful propellers churned it up down below.
On a recent trip, the particular onboard biologist on duty delivered her short talk on marine ecology—entirely in up-speak…
“Eelgrass is a flowering plant?”
“It’s found along the coast of BC in sub-tidal areas?
(Silence with a few looking about for the exits)
(Before anyone could decide whether to accept or refute her previous semi assertions),
“Marine animals depend on it for their survival?”
By this point, her up-speak had an urgency that was making everyone uncomfortable. Those who hadn’t already left were now fidgeting with their phones (perhaps hoping the answers could be found there—you never know, debarking might be preceded by an exam). I tried to listen and learn something, but finally got up for coffee and some other less arduous distraction.