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|Scuba Diving Pictures from Fathom Five
near Port Hardy, 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.
Note: This page is under construction , 2008Type of dive: boat dive
Rating for this dive site: 7/10 for the large number of fish here. Including Ratfish and Wolf Eels. Others saw them on the dive but I did not see the eels.
Boat ramp: Port Hardy
Ease of entry: [Wheel chair access: No]
Abundance of life: 7/10
Accommodations: Check out Telegraph Cove, Port McNeil or Port Hardy for places to stay.
Attractions: Lots of types of large fish here and differents kinds of rock fish.
Bottom and depth: Pinacle is about 30 feet [10 metres] at the buoy, and descends around the peak to various rock structures and sand.
Facilities: Port Hardy
Hazards/Obstacles: really only other boats
Sensitivity to tide/current: did not seem to be an issue here.
Terrain: some rocky out croppings and boulders, and large sandy areas
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|Shrimp ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] long.
|| Shrimp standing on the egg case
of a Spotted Chimaera.
|Black Rockfish ~ 16 inches [40 cm] long. There had to be
easily over 50 of these
at the marker buoy that marks this sea mount. If you can call it that. But there were
more particles suspended in the water here, so the visibility was not as good as
|Yellowtail Rockfish ~ 16 inches
[40 cm] long. There was not as many of these as
compared to the Black Rockfish, and they were hanging out with the Black
Rockfish along the rope we descended down.
| China Rockfish ~ 14 inches [35
cm] long. Suspended beside some calcareous tube
worms [presently hiding in their calcium tubes] that are pink because of the coating
of Pink Encrusting Algae.
| Same China Rockfish as on the
left. There were a few of them around this site, but
only this one stay still long enought to allow me to take a couple pictures of it.
|Another China Rockfish. About
the same size as the one in the photograph above.
||Spotted Chimaera [aka Ratfish] ~
3 feet [1 metre] long. I saw about five of them at
this dive spot. And this was a day dive, which surprised me as I usually see them at
|Spotted Chimaera [aka Ratfish] ~ 3 feet [1 metre] long.||Spotted Chimaera [aka Ratfish] ~ 3 feet [1 metre] long.|
|Kelp Greening ~ 18 inches [45
cm] long. This was the only Kelp Greenling that I
saw on this dive. At least it stayed still long enough to have its picture taken a few
|Kelp Greenling. The same on as
found in the image to the left of this one. If you
look at the larger version of this image you will be able to spot the parasites on the
underside of this fish.
|Lingcod ~ 3 feet [1 metre] long.
There were several of these animals here.
||The same Lingcod as on the left
of this image. I was able to get a little closer with-
out scaring this one, and taking this close-up.
|Lingcod ~ 5 feet [1.6 metres].
This was one of the largest lingcod's that I spotted
at this dive site.
|The same Lingcod as to the left
of the photograph. My strobe is not quite strong
enough to illuminate subjects beyond 6 feet [2 m]. I will either have to buy a better
one sometime in the future, or learn to get more out of my existing strobe setup.
|Quillback Rockfish ~ 14 inches
[35 cm] long.
||Quillback Rockfish ~ 14 inches [35 cm] long.|
|Swimming Scallop, Chiton and a tunicate [possibly a Sea Vase].
||A side view of the Swimming
Scallop and the Sea Vase [or Transparent Tunicate]
|A Dorid of some kind, but not sure of its name. Only about
1.5 inches [3.75 cm]
long. I only spotted one of these during my dive.
|Clown Dorid ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm]
long. I only saw one of these during this dive.
|Tube Dwelling Anemone ~ 10 inches [25 cm] across. Note the
Slime Tube Feather
Duster Worms in front of it.
|Zoanthids ~ 1 inch [2.5 cm] in
diameter. Also note that there is at least three small
hermit crabs in this picture.
|Sea Pen - juvenile ~ 6 inches
[15 cm] tall. The adults get over 2 feet [60 cm] tall.
|Orange Sunstar ~ 14 inches [35
||Orange [?] Sunstar ~ 14 inches
[35 cm] wide.
|Painted Star ~ 12 inches [30 cm]
|Rose Star ~ 6 inches [15 cm]
||Rose Star ~ 8 inches [20 cm]
|Wrinkled Star ~ 6 inches [15 cm]
||Sea Cucumber ~ 2 feet [60 cm]
|Sea Cucumber on top of a Painted
Star. What was it doing? I'm not sure.
|Slimetube Feather Duster Worm. ~
1.5 inches [3.75 cm] wide. On the right the
animal is actually out and feeding, while on the left the other one has withdrawn
into its protective casing. They were quite common at this site.
|The egg case of a Spotted
Chimaera [aka Ratfish] ~ 8 inches [20 cm] long. There
was several of these lying around this dive site.