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Scuba Diving Pictures from Rocky Point in Nanaimo, 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 located at the bottom of this page.
Type of dive: shore dive / boat dive
Rating for this dive site: 6/10 depending on what critters are in the area at the time.
Parking:  Lots of space here. See picture of parking lot below.
Bathroom/Washroom/Toilet: Not on site.
Boat ramp: An old one is here, but is blocked by metal posts.
Ease of entry:  [Wheel chair access: No]
Abundance of life: 6/10 depending on the time of year.
Accommodations:  There are several places in Nanaimo that you could find lodging at. Including Hotels, Inns, Motels and Campgrounds.
Attractions: Shallow depths, and current does not seem to be much of an issue here.
Bottom and depth: Rocky near shore, but quickly turns to sand. Depth of around 40 feet [~13 metres].
Facilities:
Hazards/Obstacles:
Sensitivity to tide/current:
Terrain: sandy areas immediately off shore, solid rock close in to shore, as well as rock from small to large boulders
Tides, transportation and weather: Fisheries and Oceans Canada Tide Page., BC Ferries Schedule and Sailings. , The Weather Network

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Rocky Point

Parking Lot
Boat Launch
Rocky Point parking lot ( January 23, 2006) Boat Launch (No longer used by boats) ( January 23, 2006)
Bear at entrance to Rocky Point

Bear at the entrance to the parking lot for Rocky Point. Only about a metre [yard] tall.



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.

Octopus


baby octopus in moon snail shell
Baby octopus sitting in a moon snail shell. ( December 23, 2007 )
Unfortunately I was not able to get a better close up.

Chitons

Chiton
Chiton
Not sure of name ( January 23, 2006) Not sure of name ( January 23, 2006)

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Crustaceans

Bering Hermit Crab wShell
Bering Hermit Crab wSponge
Bering Hermit Crab [Pagurus beringanus] wearing Moon Snail Shell
( January 23, 2006)
Bering Hermit Crab [Pagurus beringanus] wearing Sponge ( January 23, 2006)
Young Bering Hermit Crab
Young Bering Hermit Crab
Young Bering Hermit Crab [Pagurus beringanus] ( April 16, 2006) Young Bering Hermit Crab [Pagurus beringanus] ( April 16, 2006)
This photo also appears on the marine-life calendar 2009 for
Underwater Life of the Pacific Northwest. North America 2009 Calendar v01
Blackeyed hermit crab
Decorator Crab
Black Eyed Hermit Crab [Pagurus armatus] ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] wide. Note that
 this one is wearing a sponge instead of a snail shell. ( December 23, 2007)
Decorator Crab of some kind.  ( April 16, 2006)
red rock crab
red rock crab
Red Rock Crab [Cancer productus] ~ 10 inches [25 cm] wide.
( December 23, 2007 )
As usual this one is particially buried in the sand.
Red Rock Crab [Cancer productus] ( December 23, 2007 )
Nice side profile that you don't often get a chance to take.
Decorator Crab

Decorator Crab of some kind. ( December 23, 2007 )

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Fish

Ronquil or Gobi
Ronquil or Gobi
Black Eyed Goby [Rhinogobiops nicholsii] (?) (January 23 , 2006) Black Eyed Goby [Rhinogobiops nicholsii] (?) (January 23 , 2006)
Goby or Ronquil
Pacific Staghorn Sculpin
Goby or Ronquil ? (April 16 , 2006) Pacific Staghorn Sculpin [Leptocottus armatus] ( December 23, 2007 )
Grunt Sculpin

Grunt Sculpin [Rhamphocottus richardsonii] ~ 4 inches [10 cm] long.
 ( December 23, 2007 )



Sea Slugs (Nudibranchs)

Yellow Margin Dorid
Giant Dendronotid
Yellow Margin Dorid (January 23 , 2006) Giant Dendronotid [Dendronotus iris] (January 23 , 2006)

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Sea Anemones

Sea Anemone
Sea Anemone
Sea Anemone (January 23 , 2006) Sea Anemone (January 23 , 2006)
Giant Plumose Anemone
Giant Plumose Anemone
Giant Plumose Anemone [Metridium farcimen] - using external flash.
(April 16 , 2006)
Giant Plumose Anemone [Metridium farcimen] - using natural light.
(April 16 , 2006)
Tube Dwelling Anemone

Tube Dwelling Anemone (April 16 , 2006)


Sea Cucumbers ( Class Holothuroidea ) - Also Echinoderms (Actually related to starfish)


Sea Cucumber
Pale Sea Cucumber
Sea Cucumber ( January 23, 2006) Pale Sea Cucumber (April 16 , 2006)
Feeding Sea Cucumber

Feeding Sea Cucumber (April 16 , 2006)

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Starfish & Sea Urchins ( Echinoderms )

Twelve Arm Starfish
Juvenile Sunflower Starfish
Morning Sunstar ( January 23, 2006) Juvenile Sunflower Starfish (January 23, 2006)
See Urchin
Sunflower Starfish
Sea Urchin ( January 23, 2006) Sunflower Starfish - about 3 feet ( 1 metre ) across. (April 16 , 2006)
Leather Star
Vermilion Star
Leather Star (April 16 , 2006) Vermilion Starfish (April 16 , 2006)
Spiny Mud Star
Spiny Mud Star
Spiny Mud Star ( December 23, 2007 ) Close up of the legs of a Spiny Mud Star ( December 23, 2007 )
These star fish can move very fast. No time lapse photography is necessary.
Spiny Pink Star
Orange Sun Star - pink one
Spiny Pink Star ( December 23, 2007 ) A pink version of an Orange Sun Star ( December 23, 2007 )

Miscellaneous

Orange Sponge
Shiny Orange Tunicate
Sponge (April 16 , 2006) Shiny Orange Tunicate (April 16 , 2006)
Eggs of some kind.

Eggs of some kind. (April 16 , 2006)

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Rocky Point
If you're starting out from the ferry terminal you need to get on to and follow Hammond Bay Road, and assuming your coming from the south, make a right onto Entwhistle Road and follow it until you can make a right onto Fillinger Crescent. Keep an eye out for the bear statue and the actual address is 5040 Fillinger Crescent. You should see the bears their holding the street address at the entrance of this old boat launch. Plenty of parking at this dive location. The waters here are fairly shallow and most of your diving will probably be above 50 feet [16 metres].

If you want to print out a map you can user either:

Google Maps : enter 5040 Fillinger Crescent Nanaimo BC

MapQuest : enter 5040 Fillinger Crescent for the Address, Nanaimo for the City, BC for the State/Province


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