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|Scuba Diving Pictures from Bob's Spot in
the Plumper Island Group near Telegraph Cove, B.C.
These are medium quality jpegs. But I have the RAW images as well.
Directions to the Dive Site are located at the bottom of the page.
Number of dives I've done at this scuba diving site: 1 - yes only 1, as this location is about a six hour drive from where I live.
Type of dive: boat dive - This dive was done in conjunction with the Top Island Econauts Scuba Dive Club. I'm officially a member of the group but have only been able to get up to the north end of Vancouver Island to dive with them once. I can hardly wait to dive with them again. Join them and you can get their monthly news letter [Emerald Expressions] about scuba diving & other marine related events for the Port McNeil / Port Hardy region of Vancouver Island.
Rating for this dive site: 9/10 - perhaps higher. :)
Parking: not applicable
Bathroom/Washroom/Toilet: not applicable
Boat ramp: closest was Telegraph Cove, which is where we also launched from with the club boat.
Ease of entry: [Wheel chair access: No]
Abundance of life: 8/10. The richness was really like a vein of gold along somewhat of a wall. With cracks and crevices, and rock shelves starting close to the surface and descending down. I followed the vein of life dominated by Red Soft Corals to around 75 feet [23 metres]. I saw more than 20 basket stars on this dive, which is more than I've ever seen in all my other dives combined.
Bottom and depth: Kelp forest starting at the top, and rock crevices, and shelves descending beyond 75 feet [23 metres].
Facilities: none. Closest would be Telegraph Cove.
Hazards/Obstacles: Current and perhaps one excitement at seeing so much life.
Sensitivity to tide/current: Very sensitive to current.
Terrain: rocky, solid rock,
Tides, transportation and weather: Fisheries and Oceans Canada Tide Page., BC Ferries Schedule and Sailings. , The Weather Network
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|A Cancer Crab hiding in the remains of a dead Giant Acorn
Barnacle. This is where
you will usually find them. Or a hole in the rock. Rarely do you find them out in the
open. Size: ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] at the opening of the barnacle. (Oct 5, 2008)
| A rare glimpse of a Cancer Crab
roaming about. And surrounded by Scalyhead
Sculpins. ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] wide on the crab. (Oct 5, 2008)
|Yellow Hairy Sea Spiders on the
Corals? Not a great image, as I've taken
this from another photograph to try and zoom into see them. Turns out at this site a
few of my images show these tiny crustaceans on the Red Soft Corals.(Oct 5, 2008)
|The same Cancer Crab as above. With five sculpins around it. (Oct 5, 2008)|
|Foliate Kelp Crab - I've never seen such colourful legs on a crustacean. Hopefully someone will recognize this species and let me know its real name. Size across legs: ~ 6 inches [15 cm] (Oct 5, 2008)||Graceful Kelp Crab ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide across the legs. First time I've seen one of these. (Oct 5, 2008)|
|A juvenile Heart Crab. Size: ~ 3
inches [7.5 cm] across the main shell. Given its
size this would make it out to be a "teenager." (Oct 5, 2008)
|A Sharp Nosed Crab. Note that it
is missing one of its main pincers. In front of it is
some Red Sof Coral in its non-feeding mode. Where it is basically hiding its arms.
(Oct 5, 2008)
|Scalyhead Sculpin sitting on top of some Bushy Pink-Mouthed
beside some Purple Encrusing Hydrocorals, and some Red Soft Corals.
(Oct 5, 2008)
|Scalyhead Sculpin ~ 5 inches
[12.5 cm] long. Quite common at this dive site. And
one of the few fish that will stay still for you to take its picture. (Oct 5, 2008)
|Three more Scalyhead Sculpins,
sitting on top of some Giant Acorn Barnacles.
There is also a Painted Anemone, Proliferating Anemone, Pink Encrusing Hyrdro-
corals and some more hydroids.(Oct 5, 2008)
| Some sort of Sculpin, perhaps a
scalyhead that is just lighter in colour. Also there is
a small hermit crab in the picture. The orange material looks like ascidians, Pink and
Purple Encrusting Hydrocorals, and some non feeding Red Soft Corals.
(Oct 5, 2008)
|Chiton ~ 4 inches [10 cm] long. Common at this dive site. (Oct 5, 2008)|
|Orange Peel Nudibranch [Tochuina tetraquerta] ~ 12 inches [30
cm] long. There
were a few at this dive site, but they are not always situated to make it easy to take
a photograph of one of them. (Oct 5, 2008)
|Orange Peel Nudibranch [Tochuina
tetraquerta] ~ 12
inches [30 cm] long.
(Oct 5, 2008)
|Pink Branching Hydrocoral ~ 14 inches [35 cm] across the main
common at this site. (Oct 5, 2008)
|Proliferating Anemone ~ 2 inches [5 cm] in diameter. (Oct 5, 2008)|
|Crimson Anemone beside some Pink Hydrocorals. (Oct 5, 2008)||Red Soft Coral, Compount
Tunicates, and Pink Branching Hydrocoral.
(Oct 5, 2008)
|Red Soft Coral, with a large
Limpet, Giant Acorn Barnacle, Sculpin, and Pink
Encrusting Hydrocorals as well. (Oct 5, 2008)
|Pink and Purple Encrusting
Hydrocorals. Note the Blood Starfish on the left side of
this image. (Oct 5, 2008)
|Pink Encrusting Hydrocoral. Note
the small Hermit Crab near the top right of this
photograph. And below it a young Sharp Nosed Crab. (Oct 5, 2008)
|Proliferating Anemone ~ 2 inches
[5 cm] in diameter. Also note the Scaly Head
Sculpin that is on the top right of this image. (Oct 5, 2008)
|Pink and Purple Encrusting Hydrocorals. (Oct 5, 2008)||Red Soft Coral in its hiding or retracted position/form (Oct 5, 2008)|
|Red Soft Coral and some sort of
orange coloured anemones in their non-feeding
mode. (Oct 5, 2008)
|Red Soft Coral actually open and hoping to feed. (Oct 5, 2008)|
|Red Soft Coral and some Creeping
Orange Hydroids [the orange bushy plant-like
objects at the top and top-left of this photograph] and some sort of orange
coloured anemones in their non-feeding mode. (Oct 5, 2008)
|A side profile of a Basket Star. ~ 2 feet [60 cm] across. (Oct 5, 2008)||Basket Star ~ 2 feet [60 cm] across. (Oct 5, 2008)|
|Basket Star. Size:~ 2 feet [60 cm] across. (Oct 5, 2008)||Striped Sunstar Size: ~ 18 inches [45 cm] across. (Oct 5, 2008)|
|Sulphur Sponge amongst the
Plumose Anemons and Red Sof Corals. Note that the
sponge seems to be forming around or at least next to some Giant Acorn Barnacles.
(Oct 5, 2008)
|Sulphur Sponge with a Blood Star
approaching it. Again, the sponges is forming
around a Giant Acorn Barnacle on the left side of the photo. (Oct 5, 2008)
|No. Thank you, Garth! One of the
north Vancouver Island's friendly Econauts.
I can hardly wait to dive with them again. (Oct 5, 2008) Top Island Econauts