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Vancouver Island, B.C.
Scuba Diving Pictures from Porteau Cove Marine Park north of Vancouver, B.C. Canada. For more on this dive site check out the Porteau Cove Marine Park government page and pdf of the actual scuba diving site and under water attractions.
These are medium quality jpegs. But I have the RAW images as well.
Directions to this dive site can be found at the bottom of this page.
Number of dives I've done at this scuba diving site:  2 with my Olympus C7070 camera.
Type of dive: shore dive but a boat would be nice as it is a long swim.
Rating for this dive site: 7/10 for its convenience.
Parking: Lots of parking for 30 cars, trucks, vans,....
Boat ramp: Yes, which makes this a convenient site. However they would like divers not to use it. There is a set of concrete stairs with a handle for
getting in and out of the water. And a freshwater show just a few feet away from the stairs. The water even felt warm to me.
Ease of entry: 9/10 due to boat ramp and also stairs with a hand rail going into ocean. [Wheel chair access: Yes if you use the boat ramp.]
Abundance of life: 7/10
Accommodations:  There are several places in North Vancouver, or even Horseshoe Bay, that you could find lodging at. Inns, Motels and Campgrounds.
Attractions: A couple of wrecks and a variety of objects placed to attract life.
Bottom and depth: Mostlly sandy and can drop well below a hundred feet [30 metres]
Facilities: Their is a shower on shore for scuba divers, and a change room and washroom  nearby. Also a camping area is located nearby in the park.
Hazards/Obstacles: Boat traffic and current.
Sensitivity to tide/current: The current can be a challenge here espicially when you are swimming out to the buoys to descend along them.
Terrain: The area is mostly sand below the surface, the structure of the pier here offers some rock and steel columns. But mostly sand.
Miscellaneous Information: If you are coming to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics, this dive site is on the way to Whistler,
the main downhill ski resort, where many of the olympic events will be held. About 30 minutes north past Horseshoe Bay.
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.

Unfortunately the water quality was not very good on April 15, 2006. But instead of not showing most of the images as they were below the quality I normally would post I decide to post at least one shot of each type of animal.


Squat Lobster
Squat Lobster
Squat Lobster ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] wide and a Calcareous Tube Worm
( April 15, 2006)
2 Squat Lobsters ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] wide across its pincers. You may find it hard
to spot the second smaller one. But it is above the larger one.  ( April 15, 2006)
Red Rock Crab
Snow Crabs Mating
Red Rock Crabs ~ 6 inches [15 cm] tall. They were mating on the side of one of
ship reefs. (April 15, 2006)
Snow Crabs getting ready to mate. The larger one is a male and about 2 feet [60 cm]
 wide across the legs.(April 15, 2006)
Snow Crab
Snow Crab
Snow Crab [aka Tanner Crab] ~ 2 feet [60 cm] wide. (April 15, 2006) Snow Crab - this image gives you a better view of its reddish eyes. Just click on this
thumb nail for a better and larger quality digital image. (April 15, 2006)

Dungeness Crab or Edible Cancer Crab ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide. It is sitting at the
base of a large orange Plumose Anemone. (April 15, 2006)
This video shows how quick the Dungeness Crabs can move. The video starts
with me approaching two of them. One with its back to me, and while the other one
that can see me runs away the other seems oblivious to my presence at first.
Red Rock Crab
Longhorn Crab
Red Rock Crab ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide. Quite common here. (April 15, 2006) Longhorn Decorator Crab ~ 10 inches [25 cm] wide across its legs. (April 15, 2006)
Decorator Crab and large Plumose Anemone
Dungeness or Edible Cancer Crab
Decorator Crab ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide. It is the one near the base of the large
anemone and just to the right of it. The other crabs here are Longhorn Decorator
Dungeness or Edible Cancer Crab ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] wide. I added this digital
image as the one up a couple of rows in this table is not that good, but at the same
time it gives you comparison of it against a large anemone.

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Grunt Sculpin
Ling Cod fish , plumose anemone and some crabs
Grunt Sculpin ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] long. These fish can barely swim and instead
crawl on the bottom. (April 15, 2006)
Ling Cod ~ 3 feet [1 m] long. I was hoping this fish would stay still for a couple
more shots but that did not happen. There were a couple larger Ling Cod here, but
the pictures did not turn out.
Prickleback of some kind. ~ 6 inches [15 cm] long. There were a few of these fish
here but they would not stay still to have their picture taken. (April 15, 2006)
Roughback Sculpin ~ 6 inches [15 cm] long. Common here. (April 15, 2006)
Longfin Sculpin
English Sole fish next to a White Sea Urchin
Longfin Sculpin ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] long. (April 15, 2006) English Sole ~ 9 inches [22.5 cm] long. These fish were quite common here.

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Geoduck Clam
Blue-Linded Mussels
Geoduck Clam ~ 2 inches [5 cm] stickiing out. Just its siphon sticking out of the
sand. They are quite common here in the shallower sandy areas.
Blue-Lined Mussels. ~ 2 inches [5 cm] tall. They are very common here along the
breakwater of the boat launch on the divers entry side after the conctrete stairs.
The concrete stairs here are great for getting in and out of the water. More scuba
diving sites should be setup like this.

Sea Anemones ( Cnidarians )

giant Plumose Anemone at Porteau Cove
Giant Plumose Anemones - one orange one white
Plumose Anemone ~ 2 feet [60 cm] tall. Quite common here. [Original image was
removed and replaced with a better digital image.] (April 15, 2006)
Plumose Anemones ~ 2.5 feet [75 cm] tall.[Original image was
removed and replaced with a better digital image.](April 15, 2006)
Orange Sea Anemone
Orange Sea Anemone
 Swimming Anemome or Tealia Anemone ~ 8 inches [20 cm] wide. Common at
this scuba diving site. (April 15, 2006)
Swimming Anemone or Tealia Anemone ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide. For more on
anemones check out this link toWikipedia. (April 15, 2006)
Swimming Anemone - mutant color variation
Swimming Anemone - mutant color variation white
Swimming Anemone ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide. Note that this is some sort of mixed
hybrid or mutant color variant. The tips of its tentacles are an odd white colour.
Swimming Anemone ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide. This one is even a more odd colour
than the previous one, with a white center but orange tentacles.
young Giant Plumose Anemones
Snakelock Anemone
Young Giant Plumose Anemones (?) ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide. Very common here,
and covers most of the starboard side of the artifical reef the Granthall.
(April 15, 2006)
Snakelock Anemone ~ 18 inches [45 cm] wide. Common here at great depths.
(April 15, 2006)
Unknown Anemone
Plumose Anemone - closed up
Anemone of some kind. (?) ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] wide. (April 15, 2006) Plumose Anemone ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide. This is what they look like when they
are not feeding. This one is currently only about 6 inches tall, but I'm sure it would
over 2 feet [60 cm] tall when it opens up to feed.
various anemones near a hole in concrete block

Various anemones around a hole in one of the very large concrete blocks at this
scuba diving site. ~ 8 inches [20 cm] for the largest one.
This video shows you the extent and differences of the anemones on the Port and
Starboard sides of the artificial reef the wreck of the Granthall. Note the larger
plumose anemones are found more to the rear of the ship and on the starboard

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Sea Cucumbers & Starfish ( Echinoderms  )

Orange Sea Cucumber
Leather Star
Orange Sea Cucumber ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide. Note that one of its feeding arms
is inside its mouth in the center. ( January 25, 2006)
Leather Star ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide. Common here. ( January 25, 2006)
young California Sea Cucumber
feeding Sea Cucumber
Young Sea Cucumber ~ 14 inches [35 cm] long. Common here. (April 15, 2006) Sea Cucumber feeding by tapping or touching the "feet" onto the surface it wants to
search for food.  (April 15, 2006)
Spiny Pink Starfish and a Red Rock Crab
Painted Star
Spiny Pink Star - 2.5 feet (75 cm) across. Note the Red Rock Crab between its
lower right arms.[Original digital image removed and replaced with a higher quality
photograph.] Quite common at this scuba diving site. (Oct 14, 2009)
Mottled Star - almost 3 feet (1 metre) across. These starfish were quite common at
this scuba diving site. (April 15, 2006)
Feather Star
Feather Star
Feather Stars ~ 18 inches [45 cm] tall. These ones are sitting on some of the
concrete tubes here as part of the artificial reef. (April 15, 2006)
Feather Star ~ 16 inches [40 cm] wide. Note the Red Rock Crab hiding below it
and partially buried in the sand. (April 15, 2006)
Sunflower Starfish - adult
Sunflower Starfish - juvenile
Sunflower Star ~ 2.5 feet [75 cm] wide. As a full adult starfish it will be at least
3 feet [1 m] wide.
Sunflower Star ~ 4 inches [10 cm] wide. Just a baby starfish. Check out a clam
shell. Note how brown the juvenile ones are compared to the mostly orange adults.
Vermilion Starifsh

Vermilion Star ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] wide. Quite common at this dive site.
This video shows you the extent of how many feather stars there are located in the
deeper waters below the artificial reef wreck of the Granthall.
White Sea Urchin
group of white sea urchins
Sea Urchin ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] wide. Very common at this scuba diving site.
A group of Sea Urchins ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] wide.
Purple Starfish
Morning Sunstarfish - juvenile
Purple Starfish ~ 18 inches [45 cm] wide. Quite common here.
Morning Sun Star ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] wide. This is just a juvenile starfish of this
species. This is the only one I've spotted here.
Orange Sea Cucumber and a shrimp

Orange Sea Cucumber ~ 10 inches [25 cm] tall. Note the small shrimp on the left
side of its body. Quite common here at this scuba dive site.

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Pacific Sea Peach - tunicates
Shiny Orange Sea Peach tunicates
Pacific Sea Peaches ~ 4 inches [10 cm] tall. These tunicates were quite common
along the side of the wreck of the Granthall.
Shiny Orange Sea Peaches ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] wide for the larger ones. The mid
sized Sunflower Starfish shown here has clearly taken on its adult coloration.


iron rusticles on the Granthall wreck artificial reef
Sponge (April 15, 2006) Rusticles on the underside of the artificial reef wreck of the Granthall. For more
information on rusticles check out this link.

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