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Diving near Quadra Island

We took the opportunity to try diving in cold water in probably the best cold water diving spot in the world, Quadra Island, just off of Vancouver Island.

It was very different from the Caribbean diving that we had done before. In the Caribbean I wore shorts and the basic scuba gear. In Canada I needed to wear the wetsuit (2 parts), booties, hood, gloves and a lot of extra weight to compensate for their additional buoyancy at the surface.

The current around Quadra Island is quite intense and I had never experienced drift diving like this.
It was also my first time using my new underwater flash, so with all that was going on and new I wasn't really expecting to get any good pictures.

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A wall of Strawberry Anemones
A wall of Strawberry Anemone.
This picture was taken as I was drifting quite quickly from left to right along the wall.

Diving near Quadra Island. You might notice that my weight belt had come a bit loose and was hanging on my butt, not my waist.
I'm in there somewhere under a ton of rental gear.
You might notice that my weight belt had come a bit loose and was hanging on my butt, not my waist.

A colony of Strawberry Anemone
A colony of Strawberry Anemone

 beautiful blue frondose algae (Iridea, Gymnogongrus)
I noticed this beautiful blue frondose algae (Iridea, Gymnogongrus)


Still haven't identified this fish.

Frank getting back on the boat near Quadra Island
Getting onto the boat with flippers on and all those extra pounds around my waist
 and in my BC was a bit different from Roatan & St Croix.

Nudibranch ( Hermissenda crassicornis )
I think this is a Nudibranch ( Hermissenda crassicornis ? ) in the upper right.
There was so much life that I really couldn't see half of it.
Next time, I will need to slow down and just hang out in one spot for a while.

Cauliflower Anemone
Cauliflower Anemone

Here you can see the current that was pushing me along the wall. I think that is a brittle star.
Here you can see the current that was pushing me along the wall. I think that is a brittle star.

Swimming Scallop

swimming scallop
This was a swimming scallop / clam. If you touched it is swam away. Really quite fun to watch.

barnacles, probably giant barnacles, reaching their 'tentacles' out to catch passing nutritious life in the current.
These are some kind of barnacles, probably giant barnacles, reaching their 'tentacles' out to catch passing nutritious life in the current.

Fish near Quadra
Looking down on a fish

Hidden fish near Quadra
Can you see the fish?
There were so many creatures that blended in perfectly with this underwater seascape.

Jellyfish on the surface
Jellyfish on the surface

Nudibranch
Nudibranch

California Sea Cucumber
California Sea Cucumber

Snails & Anemone
Snails & Anemone

Nudibranch
Nudibranch and red Burrowing sea cucumber

Blood Star
Blood Star

Painted Star - starfish
Painted Star


Starfish detail with what I think is an orange cup coral in the middle and a Lined Chiton near the top
Starfish detail with what I think is an orange cup coral in the middle and a Lined Chiton near the top
Orange Cup CoralLines Chiton
Detail of Orange Cup Coral & Lined Chiton

A Sunflower Star
A Sunflower Star

Lined Chiton
More Lined Chitons (3 of them)

Sea Urchin .. poisonous
Sea Urchin .. poisonous ..
 

Pale Sea Cucumber - the mouth end
Pale Sea Cucumber - the mouth end

Pale Sea Cucumber
Pale Sea Cucumber

Orange Sea Cucumber
Orange Sea Cucumber


Orange Sea Cucumber Body

Pale Sea Cucumber without flash
Pale Sea Cucumber without flash

Pale and a Creeping Pedal Sea Cucumber
Pale and a Creeping Pedal Sea Cucumber

 


Quillback Rockfish?

Road on Quadra Island
Walking from Abyssal Diving to the ferry to Campbell River and on to the
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