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Scuba Diving Pictures from the beach at the end of Braemar Avenue in North Saanich, B.C. Canada
These are medium quality jpegs. But I have the RAW images as well.
Email tjfidler@telus.net
Directions to the Dive Site are located at the bottom of the page.
Number of dives I've done at this scuba diving site:  2, yes only 2. Others nearby are much better for the most part.
Type of dive: shore dive - easy
Rating for this dive site: 5/10, but still worth it if you want an easy entry.
Parking: 7/10 with room for about 6-8 cars/trucks/vans
Boat ramp: none
Ease of entry: 9/10 one of the best entries as it is also a short walk down concrete steps [Wheel chair access: No]
Abundance of life: 5/10 poor in the amount of life here. But it does change with the seasons. So, you never know what you might find at another time.
Attractions: easy entry, protected from current
Bottom and depth: starts out shallow, then gets deeper gradually, maximum depth I've done here is 57 feet [<20 metres]
Facilities: none
Hazards/Obstacles: can be a lot of sea weed on the beach
Sensitivity to tide/current: no current issues here, only have to deal with how far to walk at low tide
Terrain: rocky, sandy, solid rock - all three here, but once off of the shore it is mostly sand
Tides, transportation and weather: Fisheries and Oceans Canada Tide Page., BC Ferries Schedule and Sailings. , The Weather Network

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A few people have already asked me about "What is that pink stuff on the rocks in some of the pictures?" Well, they're usually Pink Rock Crust (aka Encrusting Coralline Algae) or in some cases might even be Encrusting Hydrocorals. They're eaten by a variety of animals - apparently as a good source of calcium.














Cephalopods (Octopi and Squid)

Octopus
Octopus cephalopod  - Braemar Avenune in North Saanich near Sidney - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Octopus ~ 2 inches [5 cm] along the head/mantle. 1 of 3 images. It is hard to say
whether this is a juvenile Pacific Giant Octopus, or a normal sized Red or Ruby
Octopus. (Mar 10, 2009)
Octopus ~ 2 inches [5 cm] along the head/mantle. Same Octopus as in the image to
the left of this one. 2 of 3 images. (Mar 10, 2009)
Octopus
Stubby Squid
Octopus ~ 2 inches [5 cm] along the head/mantle. Same Octopus as in the images
above this one. But now it is running away from me. This is what they look like
when they are swimming. 3 of 3 images. (Mar 10, 2009)
Stubby Squid ~ 2.5 inches [6.25 cm] long. (Mar 10, 2009)
Stubby Squid
Stubby Squid and Shrimp
Stubby Squid ~ 2.5 inches [6.25 cm] long. When I came up to this one it was as
you now see it. But a few seconds later, as shown in the image to the right of this
one, it has made itself quite dark.  1 of 3 images. (Mar 10, 2009)
Stubby Squid - same one as the one to the left of this image. If you look closely you
can see a shrimp of some kind in front of it. In the Crustacean section I have made
a close up of this. 2 of 3 images. (Mar 10, 2009)
Stubby Squid cephalopod  - Braemar Avenune in North Saanich near Sidney - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada

Stubby Squid ~ 2.5 inches [6.25 cm] long. 3 of 3 images. (Mar 10, 2009)


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Crustaceans

Red Rock Crab
Redrock Crab
Red Rock Crab ~ 6 inches [15 cm]. They seem  to be fairly common here.
Red Rock Crab ~ 6 inches [15 cm]  (Feb 21, 2008)
Pacific Prawn
Tanner Crab crustacean  - Braemar Avenune in North Saanich near Sidney - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Prawn ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] along the body. Very common here. (Feb 21, 2008)
Tanner Crab ~ 18 inches [45 cm] with the legs. I was surprised to see one of these
 here. The only other place I've seen these and have pictures of them from are from
Porteau Cove north of the Horsesho Bay Ferry Terminal. (Feb 21, 2008)
Shrimp and Stubby Squid
Tanner Crab
Just to the left of the Stubby Squid is a shrimp of some kind. I think this is a Horned
Shrimp [aka Spike Shrimp] ~ less than 1 inch [2.5 cm] long. (Mar 10, 2009)
Tanner Crab ~ 18 inches [45 cm] with the legs. It is missing a few legs, and in fact
from the top you could see that one leg was being replaced and was quite small
compared to its other legs. Probably takes a few molts to get back to normal size.
Red Rock Crab with eggs
Helmet Crab
Red Rock Crab ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide. This is a female who is carrying eggs. If
you open up the larger image, by clicking on this thumbnail, you should be able to
see the eggs better. (Mar 10, 2009)
Helmet Crab ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] along the main shell. A fairly young one based on
its size. (Mar 10, 2009)


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Fish

A baby Buffalo Sculpin
English Sole with a tumour cancerous?  - Braemar Avenune in North Saanich near Sidney - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
I think this might be a baby Buffalo Sculpin, It was around 2 inches [5 cm] long.
(Feb 21, 2008)
English Sole ~ 10 inches [25 cm] long. Note what appears to be a tumour on the
fish. (Feb 21, 2008)
Tube Snout
Roughback Sculpin
Tubesnout fish. ~ 6 inches [15 cm] long. There was a few of these at the beginning
of this night dive, but I did not see any on my way out of the water. Note the White
Lined Dorid behind it that is climbing up the grass. (Feb 21, 2008)
Roughback Sculpin ~ 6 inches [15 cm] long. Very common here. (Feb 21, 2008)
Roughback Sculpin - fish
Sailfin Sculpin - a fish - Braemar Avenune in North Saanich near Sidney - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Roughback Sculpin ~ 4 inches [10 cm] long. These fish were common at this dive
site.(Mar 10, 2009)
Sailfin Sculpin ~ 6 inches [15 cm] long. This was the only specimen of this species
of fish that I saw at this dive site. (Mar 10, 2009)
Sole - fish

English Sole ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long. There was several of these at this dive site.
(Mar 10, 2009)


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Mollusks, Nudibranchs [or Sea Slugs] & Snails

White Lined Dirona
Geoduck Clam
White Lined Dirona. ~ 4 inches [10 cm] long. (Feb 21, 2008) Geoduck Clam ~ 6 inches [15 cm] sticking out of the ground. Common at this dive
site. (Mar 10, 2009)

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 Sea Cucumbers & Starfish ( Echinoderms )

Spiny Pink Star
Spiny Pink Starfish echinoderm  - Braemar Avenune in North Saanich near Sidney - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Spiny Pink Star ~ 10 inches [25 cm] wide. Given its size it appears to be a juvenile.
(Feb 21, 2008)
Spiny Pink Star ~ 2 feet [60 cm] wide. I've seen them up to 3 feet [1 m] across.
(Feb 21, 2008)
A juvenile Sunflower Star
A juvenile Sunflower Star
Sunflower Star ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide. Also a juvenile, and climbing up the
seagrass. Perhaps in search of food. (Feb 21, 2008)
Sunflower Star ~ 18 inches [45 cm] across. Note that this is also still a young one as
the adults get to around 3 feet [1 metre] across. (Feb 21, 2008)
Mottled Starfish
Sunflower Starfish - juvenile
Mottled Star ~ 16 inches [40 cm] wide. Note the marine worm crawling on its the
bottom most leg in this image. (Mar 10, 2009)
Sunflower Star ~ 10 inches [25 cm] across. Based on its size this is almost just a
baby starfish for this species. Which as adults are 3 feet on average.(Mar 10, 2009)
Rose Starfish
Pale Sea Cucumbers
Rose Star ~ 4 inches [10 cm] across.  (Mar 10, 2009) Pale Sea Cucumbers ~ 8 inches [20 cm] wide. I did not realize there was any rock
structure at this dive site, below the water, until I was coming out.  (Mar 10, 2009)
Orange Sea Cucumber

Orange Sea Cucumber ~ 8 inches [20 cm] wide. Not a very good image but it was
the only one I was able to get on this night dive. We were getting low on air.
 (Mar 10, 2009)


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Worms

Marine Worm on a Painted Starfish  - Braemar Avenune in North Saanich near Sidney - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada

Marine Worm crawling on a Painted Starfish. (Mar 10, 2009)



If you want to locate this site on a map, or print out a map, you can user either:

Google Maps: enter Braemar Avenue North Saanich BC and then navigate to the western end of this street for the entry point into the water.
Or
MapQuest: enter Braemar Avenue for Address, North Saanich for the City, and BC for the State

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