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E-Relaxation Space

Welcome to the Virtual Stress-Less Nook!

Calming Aqua Alcove

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant." – Anne Bradstreet

"The earth laughs in flowers." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you need a change of scenery or a different place to study, remember that the TFDL does have study space that you can reserve at the "Bookings" link at

Since we cannot currently build the cosy corner physically within the TFDL, we have prepared for you a virtual experience that you might enjoy until we see you again! Take care.

Neat Ocean Information

Sounding the limits of life (2015)

Essays about making music underwater, and so much more! From the description: What is life? What is water? What is sound? In Sounding the Limits of Life, anthropologist Stefan Helmreich investigates how contemporary scientists-biologists, oceanographers, and audio engineers-are redefining these crucial concepts. Life, water, and sound are phenomena at once empirical and abstract, material and formal, scientific and social. 

Biology of the deep ocean (2002)

From the description: The deep ocean environment is the most extensive on our planet. Its denizens are normally unseen but whenever they are exposed to view they are regarded as bizarre aliens from a different world. The Biology of the Deep Ocean takes a close look at this apparently hostile world and explains how its inhabitants are exquisitely adapted to survive and flourish within it.

Ocean gardens (c. 1850)

The history of the marine aquarium and the best methods now adopted for its establishment and preservation. Includes hand-sketched details of oceanic scenes. Lovely!

Parlor ponds (2012)

The cultural work of the American home aquarium, 1850-1970, examines the myriad cultural meanings of the American home aquarium during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (...). The tank could be a window to an alien world, a theater for domestic melodrama, or a vehicle in a fantastical undersea journey.

Pets, aquarium, and terrarium species (2010)

Best practices for addressing risks to biodiversity. From the introduction: The live animal trade constantly moves thousands of animal species around the world (...) and identified introduced pets, including aquarium species (...) can become invasive. Very interesting!

Photographic atlas of fish otoliths of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean (2004)

From the introduction: Otoliths ("earstones") are small, white structures found in the head of all fishes except for sharks, rays, and lampreys (...). Otoliths provide a sense of balance to fish in much the same way that the inner ear provides balance to humans.

Journal of the Oceanic Science Foundation (2015-current)

From their website: JOSF focuses on the taxonomy and ecology of coral reef fishes and is open to submissions in the field. We offer free publication and open-access, rapid review and publication, online digital and hard-copy print submitted to libraries, with a turnaround of days to weeks. The journal is not just an e-publication for species descriptions, but a traditional printed journal.

Link to enter NFB database

Where the bay becomes the sea (1985, 29min)

This is a film located inside of the National Film Board database, and you will be prompted to authenticate with UCalgary credentials.

Blue fish image linking to enter the Audio Ciné Films database

Oceans (2009, 1h23min)

Disney, ocean filming narrated by Pierce Brosnan. This is a film located inside of the Audio Ciné Films database, and you will be prompted to authenticate with UCalgary credentials. Fascinating, especially around 44min!

Mental Wellness too!

We are looking so forward to spring, but it may still seem quite far away and many things to do before we can go enjoy it!  Remember the support you have and reach out.

And, if you need a change of place to study, remember that the TFDL does have study space that you can reserve at the "Bookings" link at