Secrets of the Emerald Sea video project – Documentary film airing on the Knowledge Network

This full-length feature video takes viewers into the exotic undersea world beneath British Columbia’s southern coast. Hosted by Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, it features some of the giants of the marine world. You’ll meet the giant pacific octopus and the elusive West Coast “Nemo,” the ping-pong sized Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker. The project was a collaboration between Parks Canada and Fisheries & Oceans Canada, with support from the Vancouver Aquarium. Since we protect what we love, the film evokes the wonders of the marine world, and the importance of protecting it.

Secres of the Emerald Sea cover graphic
Curious seal on BC's west coast

Inviting folks of all ages to fall in love with the sea.

Produced almost entirely of undersea amateur footage by a marine biologist, once the film was complete we decided to design a “stuffy” creation of the show’s great hero: the ping-pong ball sized Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker. It has a sucker disk on the button that enables it to attach to sea grass and is one of the smallest, most elusive fish in BC. The special lumpsucker (BC’s Nemo) was used for promotional purposes and as giveaways for children. Screening continues in classrooms and at museums and nature centres, as well as on the Knowledge Network.

Designed in Vancouver, the Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker “stuffy” (complete with sucker disk) helped excite children about BC’s remarkable undersea world.