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Scuba Diving Pictures from Bear Cove Boat Launch near Port Hardy of northern Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada.
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: 5 with my Olympus C7070 camera.
Type of dive: shore dive
Rating for this dive site: 7/10 for the abundance of life
Parking: Not much parking at boat launch, but there is plenty of parking at the park only about 200 feet [60 metres] away.
Boat ramp: Yes
Ease of entry: 9/10 due to the boat launch. [Wheel chair access: You can certainly use the boat launch to do so.]
Abundance of life: 7/10
Accommodations:  There are several places in Port Hardy that you could find lodging at. Including Inns and Campgrounds.
Attractions: A variety of life, and I've seen thousands of Hooded Nudibranchs here in the fall.
Bottom and depth:
Facilities: Washroom in park nearby. Picnic tables.
Hazards/Obstacles: Boat traffic. But current is not an issue here.
Sensitivity to tide/current: Current is not an issue here.
Terrain: A combination of rock, sandy bottoms, and some solid rock out croppings.
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 July 8, 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.

Bear Cove in Port Hardy - the boat launch near the B.C. Government Ferry Terminal
They do remove the dock itself for winter and storms. So, it might not be there all year.
Port Hardy Boat Launch


Pacific Giant Octopus
Pacific Giant Octopus
Pacific Giant Octopus ~ 9 inches [22.5 cm] for its head/mantle length. It is reaching
up to my camera and feeling it. It only touched my camera for less than a minute
before pulling its arm back. [Oct 2009]
Pacific Giant Octopus ~ 9 inches [22.5 cm] for its head/mantle length. So, quiet a
young one, but clearly a PGO. [Oct 2009]

A short video of the Pacific Giant Octopus above, just breathing. Quite heavily.


Kelp Crab
Sharp Nosed Crab
Northern Kelp Crab ~ 8 inches [20 cm] wide for the arms. (July 8, 2006)
Sharp Nosed Crab [?] ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide with the legs.  (July 8, 2006)
Helmet Crab
Red Rock Crab
Helmet Crab ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide with legs. Even though I have seen them in
the past at this dive site, I was not able to take a picture.
Red Rock Crab ~ 4 inches [10 cm] wide across the face. Often I find them partially
buried as this one is. Possibly to hide from potential predators.
Decorator Crab
Longhorn Decorator Crab ?
Decorator Crab ~ 6 inches [15  cm] tall. This one was quite well camoflauged.
[Oct 2009]
Not sure if this is a Longhorn Decorator Crab. Or just a regular one. ~ 10 inches
[25 cm] wide. [Oct 2009]
Moss Crab
Red Rock Crab hiding under a Anemone
Moss Crab ~ 4 inches [10 cm] wide. Note the small Barnacle Eating Dorid just
below it. These nudibranchs appeared to be larger than what are written up in my
books on marine life. [Oct 2009]
Red Rock Crab ~ 4 inches [10 cm] wide. Hiding under a White Spotted Rose
Anemone. [Oct 2009]
Puget Sound King Crab
Puget Sound King Crab
Puget Sound King Crab ~ 16 inches [40 cm] wide. Note that this one is missing a
couple of his back legs on its right side. [Oct 2009]
Puget Sound King Crab - just a close up of its face. [Oct 2009]

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Red Irish Lord - a fish
Red Irish Lord - a fish
Irish Lord ~ about 16 inches [40 cm] long. This fish is more pink in color than I
normally see them. [Note that I removed the previous Irish Lord digital image that
was here due to its poor quality]. I took a few pictures of this one. [Oct 2009]
Irish Lord ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long. I nearly missed seeing this fish, but I was so
close that all of a sudden I spotted its eyes. [Previous image was removed due to
its poor quality.] [Oct 2009]
Goby ?
Goby ?
Goby of some kind ~ about 4 inches [10 cm] long. ( July 8, 2006) Goby of some kind ~ 8 inches [20 cm] long. ( July 8, 2006)
Quillback Rockfish
Quillback Rockfish
Quillback Rockfish ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long. ( July 8, 2006) Copper Rockfish ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long. (July 8, 2006)
Rockfish and Clown Dorid
Buffalo Sculpin
Quillback Rockfish ~ 8 inches [20cm] long and Clown Dorid (July 8, 2006)
Buffalo Sculpin ~ 16 inches [40 cm] long. They seem to be fairly common here.
[Oct 2008]
Sailfin Sculpin
Sailfin Sculpin juvenile
Sailfin Sculpin ~ 8 inches [20 cm] long. These fish are not that common from what
I've seen at this site. [Oct 2008]
Sailfin Sculpin - a baby ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm]. This is the only baby fish of this kind
that I have ever seen. I even tried to take a video, but then realized the video lights
were almost dead. And of course the fish stopped moving, while only a few seconds
earlier its main dorsal fin was undulating. [Oct 2008]
Whitespotted Greenling
Whitespotted Greenling
Whitespotted Greenling ~ 14 inches [35 cm] long. This is one of the first times I've
ever seen one of these fish. And in the photo below you can see what appears to
be its eggs. It seemed to be protecting them, as it was not afraid of me.
Whitespotted Greenling - close up of the fish to the left of this image. [Oct 2008]
Whitespotted Greenling eggs? Maybe.
Shiner Perch
Eggs found near the Whitespotted Greenling. Note the transparent tunicate located
just left and up from the center of this image. [Oct 2008]
Sea Perch ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] long. There were several of these fish that seem to
be following me during this night dive. [Oct 2008]
Vermilion Rockfish

Vermilion Rockfish ~ 10 inches [25 cm] long. They were quite common here during
this set of dives, but were hard to take a decent still digital image of one. Probably
because of the noise I make when I breath out. [Oct 2009]
A youtube video of a Ratfish or Chimaera just swimming around. I was suprised
that it did not swim away right away as these fish are usually quite shy and timid.
They are related to sharks.

Chimaera aka Ratfish aka Ghost Shark video. Just one swimming around in Bear Cove.
 I could not get a digital still image as the water quality turned poor on the second dive
due to the current picking up.
This video shows a school of both Black Rockfish and Yellow Tail Rockfish
swimming together.

This is a short video that shows a group of English Sole fish who followed me around
on my first dive of the day. I have encountered other groups of sole fish as well who
were really friendly. Once at Whyte Cliffe park I had a group of around 30 fish, yes
30 you were all around me but would not stay still for a digital still image. Did not think
of doing video back then. Doh.

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Rock Scallop

Rock Scallop ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide. I spotted a few of these mollusks at this
scuba diving site. [Oct 2009]

 Nudibranchs ( Sea Slugs ) and Snails
Clown Dorid
Clown Dorid
Clown Dorid ~ about 6 inches [15 cm] long ( July 8, 2006) Clown Dorid ( July 8, 2006)
Opalescent Nudibranch
Opalescent Nudibranch
Opalescent Nudibranch on Lettuce Kelp. ( July 8, 2006)
This image also appears on the ocean-life calendar 2009 for Mollusks Life of the
Pacific Northwest
. North America 2009 Calendar v01
Opalescent Nudibranchs ~ each about 2 inches [5 cm] long. When I came up to
them they appeared to be using thier orange appendages to fight each other.
But once they sensed me they stoppped fighting and separated. ( July 8, 2006)
Giant Dendronotid
Purple Nudibranch
Giant Dendronotid ~ 10 inches [25 cm] long. These are very common here.
(July 8, 2006)
 Spotted Aglaja, a nudibranch about an inch [2.5 cm] long (July 8, 2006)
Hairy Triton
Striped Dogwinkles - a type of snail. Very common along the break water of this
boat launch. ~ 1.5 inches [3.75 cm] long. (July 8, 2006)
Two Hairy Tritons laying eggs - about 5 inches in length (July 8, 2006)
Hooded Nudibranch
Hooded Nudibranch
Hoooded Nudibranch. ~ 5 inch [12.5 cm] wide mouth. Notice the one on the far
right and that its mouth is open. I think they should have called these the Venus Fly
Trap Nudibranch. Note that these animals only show up here in the fall to breed.
Same group of Hooded Nudibranchs as the photograph to the left. But now notice
the closed mouth of the nudibranch on the far right. Cycle time to open and close
was as short as around 4 to 7 seconds. Others seems to keep their mouths open.
Hooded Nudibranch
Lemon Dorid or Nudibranch
Top view of a Hooded Nudibranch. Clearly shows more details about their bodies,
including their rhinophores - the horn-like projections. Note that these animals only
show up in the fall to breed.
Lemon Dorid ~ 8 inches [20 cm] long. This has to be the largest one I have ever
seen. The Noble Sea Lemons are larger, but these ones usually are less than six
inches [15 cm] long. I spotted a couple of them on these two dives. [Oct 2009]
Frosted or White Lined Dirona - a nudibranch
Frosted Nudibranch
Frosted Nudibranch [aka White Lined Dirona] ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] long.
[Oct 2009]
Frosted Nudibranch ~ 4 inches [10 cm] across. [Oct 2009]
Giant Dendronotid - nudibranch, orange
Giant Dendronotid - nudibranch, sea slug
Giant Dendronotid ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long. In the upper left hand of this digital
image is a normal coloured one. Mostly whites and grays. I had never seen one so
orange like this before. [Oct 2009]
Giant Dendronotid ~ 16 inches [40 cm] long. A less common color but I have seen
one this color before. [Oct 2009]
Gold Dirona - nudibranch

Gold Dirona ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] long. This is the only one that I have seen here.
[Oct 2009]
This video shows how a Giant Dedronotid moves around. It only moves a couple
inches, and the Sole Fish that had been following me around on this dive make
their appearance.
Barnacle Eating Dorid near some Hooded Nudibranchs
Barnacle Eating Dorids - nudibranchs
Barnacle Eating Dorids ~ 2 inches [5 cm] long. Near some Hooded Nudibranchs.
[Oct 2009]
Barnacle Eating Dorids ~ 2 inches [5 cm] long. [Oct 2009]
Red Dendronotid
Leopard Dorid or Nudibranch
Red Dendronotid ~ 10 inches [25 cm] long. This is the only example of this type of
nudibranch that I have seen here. [Oct 2009]
Leopard Dorid ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] long. I spotted a couple of these nudibranchs
on this dive. [Oct 2009]

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Sea Anemones & Jellyfish ( Cnidarians )

Sand Rose Anemone
Buried Anemone
Sand Rose Anemone ~ 6 inches [15 cm] ( July 8, 2006)  Buried Anemone ~ 8 inches [20 cm] ( July 8, 2006)
Sand Rose Anemone
White Spotted Rose Anemone
Sand Rose Anemone ~ 12 inches [30 cm] (July 8, 2006) White Spotted Rose Anemone ~ 16 inches [40 cm] wide. ( July 8, 2006)
Tube Dwelling Anemone
Tube Dwelling Anemone
Tube Dwelling Anemone ~ 8 inches [20 cm] across with arms. (July 8, 2006)
Tube Dwelling Anemone ~ 8 inches [20 cm] across with arms. First time I've seen
them with this colour for their bodies. (July 8, 2006)
Columbia Sand Anemone
Clinging Jellyfish
Columbia Sand Anemone ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide. (July 8, 2006)
Clinging Jellyfish ~ 2 inches [5 cm] across its bell. (July 8, 2006)
Red-Eye Medusa
Zoanthids ~ 1 inch [2.5 cm] in diameter. (July 8, 2006)
Red-Eye Medusa ~ 2 inches [5 cm] long. (July 8, 2006)
Whitespotted Rose Anemone
Painted Anemones
White Spotted Rose Anemone ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide. I've seen a few of these
here, and in fact I've seen more of these here than any other dive site I've been to.
Painted Anemones ~ 10 inches [25 cm] wide each. [Oct 2009]

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Sea Cucumbers & Starfish ( Echinoderms  )

Sea Cucumber
Sunflower Starfish
Sea Cucumber (July 8, 2006) Sunflower Starfish - about 2 feet across (July 8, 2006)
Sunflower Star
Young Sunflower Star
Sunflower Star - about 3 feet [1 metre] across ( July 8, 2006) Sunflower Star - regrown from fragment? Its arms seem to be of the wrong sizes
given the size of the sunflower star - about 10 inches across ( July 8, 2006)
Young Sunflower Star
False Ochre Star
Juvenile Sunflower Star - about 6 inches [15 cm] across (July 8, 2006)
False Ochre Star - about 16 inches [40 cm] across (July 8, 2006)
Spiny Pink Star
Sunflower Star
Spiny Pink Star - about 3 feet across (July 8, 2006)
Sunflower Star - over 3 feet [1 metre] across (July 8, 2006)
Purple Starfish
Orange Sea Cucumber
Purple Starfish - about 12 inches [30 cm] across (July 8, 2006)
Orange and Brown Sea Cucumbers ~ 10 inches [25 cm] long. Depending on the
time of year here, I've seen dozens of these fairly close to one another.
(July 8, 2006)
Painted Star
Orange Sea Cucumber
Painted Star ~ 14 inches [35 cm] wide. (July 8, 2006)
Orange Sea Cucumber ~ 8 inches [20 cm] wide. (July 8, 2006)
Sea Cucumber Hybrid
Brown Sea Cucumber
Hybrid of Orange and Brown Sea Cucumbers  ~ 10 inches [25 cm] wide.
(July 8, 2006)
Brown Sea Cucumber ~ 10 inches [25 cm] wide.(July 8, 2006)
Orange Sunstar
Morning Starfish
Orange Sunstar ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide.
Morning Star ~ 16 inches [40 cm] wide. A fairly common starfish. [Oct 2009]
Rose Starfish
Striped Sun Starfish
Rose Star ~ 8 inches [20 cm] wide. [Oct 2009] Striped Sun Star ~ 20 inches [50 cm] wide. [Oct 2009]
Spiny Pink Starfish
Purple Starfish
Spiny Pink Star ~ 18 inches [45 cm] wide. Note the small Slime Tube Worm just
below it, and left of its bottom arm. [Oct 2009]
Purples Starfish ~ 12 inches [30 cm] each. The brown one was one of three colours
that were common here at this dive site. [Oct 2009]
Purple Starfish

Purple Starfish ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide. Odd colour but quite common here.
[Oct 2009]

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Velvety Sponge and some tiny hermit crabs

Velvety Sponge and some tiny hermit crabs. Also note the Barnacle Eating Dorids.
[Oct 2009]


Stalked Tunicate
Stalked Tunicate
Stalked Tunicate ~ 4 inches [10 cm] long. (July 8, 2006)  Stalked Tunicate (July 8, 2006)
Transparent Tunicate

Transparent Tunicate ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] Note the little shrimp at their bases, and
the Calcareous Tube Worm.

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Sea Sacs

Sea Sacs or Halosaccion glandiforme ~ about 3 inches [7.5 cm] tall. ( July 8, 2006)

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