Oak Bay News reader Heather Maguire snapped an otter headed for the water while enjoying a moment at the beach in Haynes Park ‘I was quite amazed at the size of this animal - so thought I’d send the photos as it may be a couple pics you might want to include in your newspaper as an interest story,’ she said. ‘I think your readers would get a kick out it as I did. … Obviously he was just one of the “locals” hanging about.’ Send your reader photos to editor@oakbaynews.com with your name and a little bit about what makes the photo interesting to you.

June 2017: A young eagle re-released to the wild

GNS student clams top prize in prestigious Canadian science competition

A young eagle that hightailed it away from his nest was spotted hanging with his sibling in June.

The juvenile eagle returned to Oak Bay after recuperating in Metchosin and Duncan after being rescued by a resident during a May wind storm.

The young eagle was in fair body condition, weighs four kilograms and is estimated to be eight to nine weeks old. Bald eagles fledge around 10 to 13 weeks. A resident discovered the young eagle and with the help of Oak Bay Police Department officers took the bird to Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital, a drop-off location for injured and distressed wild animals, open 24/7 and located by Mayfair Mall. The eaglet was given emergency care and was transferred to BC SPCA Wild ARC on Wednesday morning.

It was successfully released by Christina* Carrières, senior wildlife rehabilitator at Wild ARC in June at Fireman’s Park, not far from its nest.

Oak Bay police and fire, as well as Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – Station Oak Bay were dispatched after a boat that left the ramp couldn’t get its engine going. Oak Bay Police were on scene first and an officer had the foursome out of the boat when the fire department arrived around 5:30 p.m.

A Glenlyon Norfolk student claimed the top prize at one of the most prestigious science competitions in the country. Sixteen-year-old Annie McLeod won gold in the intermediate level during Canada Wide Science Fair in Regina last week for her project which explores the use of marine brown algae was an energy source.

McLeod’s research project is called Marine Brown Algae Extracted Fucoxanthin and Phlorotannin in Dye-Sensitized Cells: A Possible Renewable Energy Source? As part of her research project, McLeod built six mini solar panels. In those panels, she combined dye from marine brown algae, which she collected from McNeill Bay in Oak Bay and Trafalgar Park in Victoria, with titanium dioxide. In the end, the mixture produced 253 milivolts of energy.

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