The Other Election


The American election has been getting lots of attention lately with the ridiculousness of a certain candidate (you know who I mean). But, what you might not know is that there is an equally heated and exciting election campaign happening right here in Vancouver.

This is taking place at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum where we’ve put 100 treasures up on a Tumblr site. We are asking you to vote for your favourite treasure. We’ll put the top treasures into an exhibition launching at the end of May. Voting ends soon – on February 17th, so make sure you get your votes in ASAP. It’s more important than you might think.

Pickled Octopus is making us nervous with his slogan “Putting people first, right after molluscs.” If elected he might put a wall up between the ocean and the land to keep people out of the water and stop them from taking resources he feels rightfully belong to molluscs. He wants to make the ocean great again, like it once was.


Trilobite offers stability and continuity of 4 million years. Goat’s platform is about slashing taxes – always popular.

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Sad seahorse is going for the sympathy vote and has an endorsement from local singer-songwriter Veda Hille who wrote and performed an original song.

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The breath of the sea is the most eloquent candidate whose speeches are said to be poetic.

“A breath of the sea” Souvenir of Santa Cruz; 1889; CA; Collected by Emily Brand. “#Queen Victoria collected #seaweed. So did a lot of other #Victorians, both in Britain and North America. Keeping with the Victorian fascination of #collecting and #cataloging the natural world, men and women combed the shores, carefully #pressing #algae into #scrapbooks for both #science and #mementos. This scrapbook by Emily Brand is a beautifully rendered example of just such an endeavor. On textured paper bound by aging ribbons, Brand pressed and mounted a wide range of algal #specimens, #painted a #watercolour landscape on the title page, and carefully inscribed the popular #poem ‘Sea Mosses,’ by New England poet Clara B. Heath (b. 1831). Read the rest of the story and elect "A breath of the sea" into our next #exhibition at #beatymuseum #ubc #yvr #beatytreasures #ubc100

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Lorax jumping spider is running a campaign based on supporting the arts – particularly dance.

Lorax #jumping #spider; Lapsias lorax; November 9, 2010; Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve, Ecuador; Collected by Wayne Maddison. “Spiders. What a cringe-worthy subject. The worst is walking in the backyard of my apartment on a warm summer afternoon. Trying to avoid a #spiderweb only to walk right into yet another. So why jumping spiders? *** I first met my boyfriend at a common friend’s birthday party. Maybe I "accidentally” took his beer. And then we spent the night #dancing together. His move? Raising his arms up and down, and occasionally stepping to the right, and then left. Okay, fine. He is not the best dancer. But somehow that left an impression. *** It was not until a few months later that I found out he is a fan of nature documentaries. Through him, I learnt about these fascinating little guys, jumping spiders. With eight massive, hypnotizing #eyes drawing your closer. Then, unannounced, launching toward the prey, a surprise attack. But, they are also known for their skills in picking up mates, showing off all the dance moves when it comes to attracting the opposite sex. They wave their forelegs up and down, a few steps to the right, and then left. Wait a minute. Wasn’t that how my boyfriend was dancing when we met? *** Perhaps – it was the jumping spider I have fallen in love with?“ Theresa Liao, Communications Coordinator for Physics & Astronomy at UBC; Co-founder of Curiosity Collider @curiositycollider. Vote for the #Lorax #JumpingSpider at to elect it into our exhibition. #beatymuseum #ubc #yvr #beatytreasures #ubc100 #curiositycollider

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Get out and vote – online or in the museum’s voting booth.

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The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is Vancouver’s natural history museum. We work to promote a greater understanding of, and collective responsibility for, the biodiversity of BC, Canada, and the World. Come visit us on UBC campus – we’re located at 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC.