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The Sea Among Us

The Amazing Strait of Georgia

edited by Richard Beamish & Gordon McFarlane

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
Nov 2014
Coastal Regions & Shorelines
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2021
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2014
    List Price

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The Strait of Georgia is a one of the world's great inland seas, a 6,900 sq km body of water lying between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. Rich in history, teeming with wildlife and marine traffic, it is essential to British Columbians for food, jobs, travel and recreation. The sheltered waters of the strait are home to Canada's largest seaport and over two-thirds of the province's population.

The Sea Among Us is the first book to present a comprehensive study of the Strait of Georgia in all its aspects with chapters on geology, First Nations, history, oceanography, fish, birds, mammals,invertebrates and plants. Covering everything from tsunami modelling to First Nations history to barnacle reproduction, the book is a sweeping overview of the waterway. It describes how fjords formed, what the seafloor is made of, and why coastal BC is so prone to earthquakes; it advises on which jellyfish sting, how to tell the difference between Dall's and harbour porpoises, and where to find whales; and it addresses how climate change and human impacts could affect the strait, noting that though marine ecosystems are tough and adaptable, there are limits to this resiliency.

As editor Dr. Richard Beamish says, "It is the function of this book to inform British Columbians about the Strait of Georgia. All authors hope that the readers will use the information to ask questions about how the Strait of Georgia is coping with change and how they can provide more of the information that is needed to maintain a healthy Strait of Georgia."

Informative, descriptive, cautionary and entertaining, The Sea Among Us is illustrated with attractive colour photographs, figures and drawings. It fills a place on the shelf of essential BC reference books beside The Encyclopedia of British Columbia and Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest.

About the authors

Richard Beamish has a PhD in Zoology from the
University of Toronto and has worked for and with numerous research organizations. He is the recipient of the Prix d' Excellence, the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. He was also a member of the International Panel on Climate Change that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He lives on Vancouver Island.

Richard Beamish's profile page

Gordon McFarlane spent 30 years as a researcher at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo. He was a member and advisor to numerous international negotiating teams and participated in the development and conduct of a number of international research programs. He has authored more than 200 publications concerning the biology and assessment of marine resources. He lives on Vancouver Island, BC.

Gordon McFarlane's profile page


  • Winner, Vancouver Aquarium Coastal Ocean Award for Conservation and Research Communication
  • Winner, American Fisheries Society's Haig Brown Award
  • Winner, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize
  • Short-listed, Basil Stuart-Stubbs Book Prize

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