Did you know that June 8th is World Oceans Day?

Nova Scotia is not quite an island, though as a peninsula we are surrounded by the ocean in all directions. One of the many lovely things about this place is that you are always just a short distance away from a coast. The ocean and resources found in it make a significant contribution to the social and economic life of Nova Scotia, yet most people who live here are unaware that there are coral reefs in the waters adjacent to Nova Scotia.

Colourful corals provide habitat for many fish and other species in the waters off Cape Breton. Click on the image at left to see more of the fantastic photos taken on the federal Fisheries department’s research trips.

For Oceans Day 2008, The Loop is teaming up with the Ecology Action Centre to create a sample of the North Atlantic seafloor right here in our display window. We would like this to encourage people to learn about the marine environment that is almost at our doorstep. But we’ll need help! We are going to gather up knitted and crocheted sea creatures to use in the display. We’d love it if you could help out.

The Figuring Institute’s crocheted coral reef can provide some inspiration for patterns, along with the following:

a lobster

a squid

a free fish mobile pattern from local designer Nettle Knits

For more ideas and inspiration, join us any Thursday night for Loop Group (6-9 p.m., everyone is welcome). Also stay tuned for a special crochet coral tutorial.

I’ve knitted a little cluster of sea anemones and can’t wait to see how they will look as part of a larger ecosystem.

The Ecology Action Centre has set up a Facebook event page for this project. Why not join up, and invite your friends too?