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Scuba Diving Pictures from Ten Mile Point in Victoria, B.C., Canada
These are medium quality jpegs. But I have the RAW images as well.
Email tjfidler@telus.net
Directions to this dive site can be found at the bottom of this page.
Type of dive: Can be done as a shore dive but recommend doing this as a boat dive.
Rating for this dive site: 7/10 due to the problem of current here, but a great abundance of life
Parking: maybe parking for 8 cars at both proper Ten Mile Point and Spring Bay
Bathroom/Washroom/Toilet: Not on site.
Boat ramp: none
Ease of entry: 5/10 for Ten Mile Point but 9/10 for Spring Bay [Wheel chair access: No]
Abundance of life: 9/10 as one of the most populated places due to the current
Accommodations:  There are several places in Victoria that you could find lodging at. Including Hotels, Motels, Inns and Bed & Breakfasts.
Attractions: lots of hermit crabs even away from the wall, lots of starfish feeding on clams,
Bottom and depth: sandy away from wall, solid rock wall with rock debris at bottom
Facilities: none
Hazards/Obstacles: Current is almost always a hazard here. Some protection at Spring Bay side but not at the wall.
Sensitivity to tide/current: Very high current area.
Terrain: rocky areas, sandy bottom, solid rock walls abundant in life
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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.

Ten Mile Point has more Sea Anemones and Sponges than I've ever seen any where before. This is due to the currents at this location. This is a very dangerous place to dive. Use Extreme Caution.

Ten Mile Point - parking lot
Ten Mile Point
Ten Mile Point parking lot
Ten Mile Point proper - very tricky getting into the water here.
Spring Bay - parking lot
Spring Bay
Spring Bay parking lot
Spring Bay - very easy getting into the water here.
Ten Mile Point from Spring Bay

A view of Ten Mile Point from Spring Bay. Only about a ten minute swim. And often
there is lots of stuff to see in the shallows.



Crustaceans

Bering Hermit Crab
Bering Hermit Crab
Bering Hermit Crab ~ about 5 inches [12.5 cm] wide on the shell. They are quite
common at this dive location. (Sept 10, 2006)
Bering Hermit Crab - same hermit crab now part way out of its shell.
(Sept 10, 2006)
Giant Acorn Barnacle surrounded by Sponge
Decorator Crab
Giant Acorn Barnacle surrounded by Lobed Compound Tunicates. The barnacles
are very common at this site. (April 1, 2007)
Decorator Crab [most of the image]. Very common at this dive site.
(Sept 10, 2006)
Widehand Hermit Crab
Northern Kelp Crab
Widehand Hermit Crab ~ about 4 inches [10 cm] across the shell. (April 1, 2007)
Northern Kelp Crab ~ about12 inches [30 cm] with legs and claws. (Sept 10, 2006)
Red Rock Crab
Shrimp and Sculpin
Red Rock Crab ~ about ten inches [25 cm] wide. (Sept 10, 2006)
A few Coonstriped Shrimp [Spirontocaris holmesi] checking out a dead crab.
Less than 3 inches [7.5 cm] long. Also note the sculpin in the background.
(Sept 10, 2006)
Sharp Nosed Crab on Sponge
Bering Hermit Crabs fighting
Sharp Nosed Crab [Scyra acutifrons] on Lobed Compound Tunicates
(April 1, 2007)
Two Bering Hermit Crabs fighting over homes (April 5, 2007)
Widehand Hermit Crab
Hairy Hermit Crab or a Bluespine Hermit Crab
Widehand Hermit Crab ~ about 6 inches [15 cm] wide. This photograph is also
found on one of the 2009 Calendars.Quite common here. (April 5, 2007)
Hairy Hermit Crab or a Bluespine Hermit Crab [Not sure] ~ 6 inches [15 cm]
across the shell. This image is also found on one of the 2009 Calendars.
Not that common here. (April 5, 2007)
Butterfly Crab
Heart Crab
Butterfly Crab [Cryptolithodes typicus] ~ about 2 inches [5 cm] wide. Spotted a
 few this day, but not the easiest animal to get a decent photo of. (April 5, 2009)
Heart Crab [Phyllolithodes papillosus] [missing some legs] ~ about 6 inches
[15 cm] across its carapace.(April 5, 2007) I ran into this same animal on
Apr 5, 2009. Its legs are coming back although they are small. I should have taken
 a picture, but the fishing line beside it made me stop.
Red Rock Crab
Red Rock Crab
Red Rock Crab ~ about 8 inches [20 cm] wide. Its quite common to find them
slightly buried in the sand. As if they are hiding or were digging for food.
(April 5, 2007)
Red Rock Crab - same crab as in image to left, now running away. (April 5, 2007)
Sharp Nosed Crab
Decorator Crab
Sharp Nosed Crab [Scyra acutifrons] ~ 6 inches [15 cm] long. Quite common at
 this dive site and its normal to find them with other lifeforms like lobe tunicates on
 them. (Sept 2009)
Decorator Crab ~ 4 inches [10 cm] wide with its arms included. (April 5, 2007)
Cancer Crab in a Giant Acorn Barnacle
Moss Crab sitting on a leather star leg
Cancer Crab aka Pygmy Rock Crab [Cancer oregonensis] inside of the shell of a
 dead Giant Acorn Barnacle. About 4 inches [10 cm] at the opening of this "shell".
 (Sept 14, 2008)
Moss Crab [Loxorhynchus crispatus] sitting on the leg of a Leather Star [see star
 fish images for related  image] About two inches [5 cm] across its carapace.
(Sept 14, 2008)
Giant Acorn Barnacle
Giant Acorn Barnacle and its penis sticking out
Giant Acorn Barnacle ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] wide for just its opening feeding "arms."
(April 5, 2009)
Giant Acorn Barnacle ~ 4 inches [10 cm] in diameter. Can you guess what the long
pinkish tube is that is sticking out of its body, and heading off in the top left direction
of this image? (April 5, 2009)
Heart Crab

Heart Crab [Phyllolithodes papillosus] ~ 2 inches [5 cm] wide. This is a young one.
 They get up to 4-5 inches across the main shell. (April 5, 2009)
This is just a short video showing you how the Giant Acorn Barnacles eat. Which
is by using their "feet" to capture particles out of the water. (Sept 2009)
Puget Sound King Crab and a Heart Crab
common Barnacle found along shore
Puget Sound King Crab [Lopholithodes mandtii] (juvenile) ~ 2 inches [5 cm] wide
 and a Heart Crab [Phyllolithodes papillosus] ~ 4 inches [10 cm] widel.
Common Barnacle found along the shore and exposed at low tide. ~ 1 inch [2.5 cm]
across.

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Fish

Sculpin on a Gumboot Chiton
Copper Rockfish
Sculpin sitting on a Gumboot chiton. And a small hermit crab. ~ 2 inches [5 cm]
long. (Sept 10, 2006)
Copper Rockfish [Sebastes caurinus] ~ 16 inches [40 cm] long. Common at this
 scuba diving site.
 (April 1, 2007)
Copper Rockfish
Lingcod
Copper Rockfish [Sebastes caurinus] ~ 14 inches [35 cm] long. (Sept 10, 2006)
Ling Cod (juvenile) ~ 3 feet [1 m] long. Quite common at this dive site.
(April 1, 2007)
Buffalo Sculpin
Painted Greenling
Buffalo Sculpin ~ 14 inches [35 cm] long. Common at this scuba dive site.
(April 1, 2007)
Painted Greenling ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long. Note a very good digital image, but
it was the best one I was able to take of this fish. (April 5, 2007)
Grunt Sculpin
Grunt Sculpin
Grunt Sculpin ~ 4 inches [10 cm] long. Common at this dive site. (May 13, 2007)
Grunt Sculpin (May 13, 2007)
Buffalo Sculpin
A baby Buffalo Sculpin
Buffalo Sculpin ~ about 12 inches [30 cm] long. (Sept 14, 2008) A baby Buffalo Sculpin in the shallows. A lot more debris floating in the water...
so a lot more back scatter than I like. (Sept 14, 2008)
A baby longfin sculpin
Longfin Sculpin - a fish
A baby Longfin Sculpin. ~ 2 inches [5 cm] long. And a few Orange Cup Corals.
(Sept 14, 2008)
Longfin Sculpin ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] long. (April 5, 2009)
Scalyhead Sculpin a small fish
Quillback Rockfish
Scalyhead Sculpin ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] long. Frequently seen at this scuba
diving site. Note the shrimp in the back ground.
Quillback Rockfish [Sebastes maliger] ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long. Common at this
 scuba diving site. This one was located along one of the crevices along the wall
 near the large group of giant Plumose Anemones.
Red Irish Lord - fish - pink
Copper Rockfish and Scalyhead Sculpin
Red Irish Lord [Hemilepidotus hemilepidotus] ~ 18 inches [45 cm] long. This is the
 pinkest Red Irish Lord fish that I have ever spotted. I have a couple of better close
 up shots of this fish.
Copper Rockfish [Sebastes caurinus] ~ 16 inches [40 cm] long. And beside it a
 Scalyhead Sculpin. I was taking a picture of the sculpin and the rockfish came and
 sat in front of the camera. I was quite surprised by this. I ended up taking 4
 pictures of it.


Video of Black Rockfish ~ 16 inches [40 cm] long. No still images as they don't
stay still long enough and water quality too poor for a strobe.
Video image of Copper Rockfish ~ 16 inches [40 cm] long. Just swimming
around.

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Mollusks

Rock Scallop
Rock Scallop
Rock Scallop ~ about 12 inches [30 cm] across. (April 1, 2007)
Rock Scallop ~ about 12 inches [30 cm] across. (April 1, 2007)
Gumboot Chiton
Rock Scallop
Gumboot Chiton [see fish for close up of Sculpin on its back] ~ 12 inches [30 cm]
long. Very common here. (Sept 10, 2006)
Rock Scallop ~ about 12 inches [30 cm] across. Very common here.
(April 5, 2007)
Blue Lined Chiton
Keyhole Limpet
Blue Lined Chiton ~ 2 inches [5 cm] long. My camera does not allow me to get
much closer and still get a good picture. Or at least not quickly. However, under-
water time is usually against me. (April 5, 2009)
Keyhole Limpet ~ 2 inches [5 cm] in diameter. Note the small Chiton on top of it.
(April 5, 2009)

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Nudibranchs or Sea Slugs

Clown Dorid
Giant White Dorid
Clown Dorid [Triopha catalinae] ~ about 4 inches [10 cm] long. Very common here.
 (April 1, 2007)
Giant White Dorid ~ about 5 inches [12.5 cm] long. Not that common here.
(April 1, 2007)
White Lined Dirona
Clown Dorid
White Lined Dirona ~ about 5 inches [12.5 cm] long. (April 1, 2007)
Clown Dorid [Triopha catalinae] ~ about 6 inches [15 cm] long. (April 5, 2007)
Lemon Dorid on sponge
Cockerell's Dorid - a nudibranch
A Lemon Dorid [Doris montereyensis] on sponge. ~ about 6 inches [15 cm] long.
(April 5, 2009)
Cockerell's Dorid [Laila cockerelli] ~ 2 inches [5 cm] long. (April 5, 2009)
A nudibranch of some kind. Perhaps a Hudson's Dorid.

Hudson's Dorid ( I believe ) ~ 2 inches [5 cm] long. (April 5, 2009)


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Sea Anemones & others ( Cnidarians )

Anemone
Giant Plumose Anemone
Anemones - the wall here is well covered or populated by these and the Giant
Plumose Anemones. These are at most only about 12 inches [30 cm] in width.
(April 1, 2007)
Giant Plumose Anemones ~ over two feet [60 cm] tall. With some type of colonial
tunicates at their base - the brown stuff, and a couple of Giant Acorn Barnacles.
Ten Mile Point has huge numbers of these animals. (April 1, 2007)
Zoanthids and Creeping Petal Sea Cucumbers
Purple Encrusting Hycrocoral
Zoanthids and Creeping Petal Sea Cucumbers (April 5, 2007)
Purple Encrusting Hydrocoral ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide. (April 5, 2009)
Pink Encrusting Hydrocoral
Pink Encrusting Hydrocoral
Pink Encrusting Hydrocoral ~ 6 inches [15 cm] tall. The normal flat variety.
(April 5, 2009)
Pink Encrusting Hydrocoral ~ 4 inches [10 cm] wide. Note that it is beginning to
grow "spikes." (April 5, 2009)
Pink Encrusting Hydrocoral

Pink Encrusting Hydrocoral ~ 16 inches [40 cm] wide. Much more "spike" growth
on this one. Hopefully it will become more "tree-like" making it even more beautiful.
(April 5, 2009)
This video gives you an idea of the number of Giant Plumose Anemones at the
wall at Ten Mile Point. It starts at about a depth of 35 feet and extends down to
about 85 feet. [Plus or minus the height of the tide at the time.]
Pink Tipped Anemones

Pink Tipped Anemones ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] for the larger ones. There were more
of these animals here then I've ever seen before. On my way back from the point I
was swimming along the shore to Spring Bay and I saw thousands of them.


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 Sea Cucumbers & Starfish ( Echinoderms )

Red Sea Urchin
Mottled Star
Red Sea Urchin ~ about 12 inches [30 cm] wide. (Sept 10, 2006)
Mottled Star ~ about 2 feet [60 cm] across. (Sept 10, 2006)
Blood Star and Clown Dorid
Ochre Star
Blood Star and a Clown Dorid (April 1, 2007)
Ochre Star [Not sure what it is doing? Itchy?] (April 1, 2007)
Two Stars Touching Sunflower and Painted Stars
Painted Star close up
Sunflower Star being touched by a Painted Star (April 1, 2007)
Painted Star (April 1, 2007)
Sea Cucumber
Juvenile Sunflower Star
Sea Cucumber ~ less than 2 feet [60 cm] long. (April 1, 2007)
A young Sunflower Star ~ about 16 inches [40 cm] across. (April 1, 2007)
A young Purple Sea Urchin
Sea Cucumber
A young Purple Sea Urchin ~ about 5 inches [12.5 cm] wide.(April 5, 2007)
Sea Cucumber ~ about 2 feet [60 cm] long. (April 5, 2007)
A young White Sea Cucumber
Sunflower Star eating something
A young White Sea Cucumber hiding in behind some lobed tunicates.
(April 5, 2007)
Sunflower Star eating something ~ 3 feet [1 metre] wide. Very common here.
(April 5, 2007)
Leather Star with a Moss Crab on its leg
Pale Sea Cucumber
Leather Star with a Moss Crab sitting on one of its legs. This seems to be a fairly
common even. I often notice crabs sitting on starfish. And the starfish can actually
be active and on the move. Which might not sound like much but the Sunflower
Starfish move reasonable fast. Like a turtle walking for their more common speed,
and a turtle running for their top speed. (Sept 14, 2008)
A young White Sea Cumber hiding behind what appears to be colonial tunicates.
Same situation as the picture above and to the left. Quite common here.
(Sept 14, 2008)
Creeping Petal Sea Cucumber
Blood Star
A close up of a Creeping Petal Sea Cucumber. ~ about 4 inches [10 cm] across.
Note that it has one of its arms in its mouth. They "lick" of the food of their arms.
One part I love about photography is seeing the animals you have pictures of that
you did not see when taking the picture. In this image there are two baby hermit
crabs and what could be a baby Sharp Nosed Crab. (Sept 14, 2008)
Blood Star ~ 8 inches [20 cm] across. Note the nudibranch below it. Common at
this dive site. (April 5, 2009)
Green Sea Urchin
Orange Sea Cucumber
Green Sea Urchin ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] in diameter. Note the larger Red Sea Urchin
behind it. (April 5, 2009)
Orange Sea Cucmber ~ 12 inches [30 cm] in diameter. (April 5, 2009)
Juvenile Sea Cucumber
Striped Sunstarfish - juvenile
Sea Cucumber [juvenile] ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] long. The adults are very common
here. (April 5, 2009)
Striped Sunstar ~ 4 inches [10 cm] in diameter. The smallest I've ever seen. They
can get up to 3 feet [1 m] in diameter. And until now the smallest I had seen was
about a foot [30 cm] in diameter. (April 5, 2009)
Sunflower Starfish

Sunflower Star ~ 14 inches [35 cm] across the main mass here. Probably normal
sized, but for some reason a few this day seemed to be curled up this way. Itchy?
(April 5, 2009)
A video of an Orange Sea Cucumber feeding. Note how it basically sticks its fingers
in its mouth to clean off the particles it has caught.
Striped Sun Starfish

Striped Sun Star ~ 2 feet [60 cm] across. Not the usual orange coloured ones.


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Sponges & Bryozoans

Sponge
Sponge of some kind
Sponge of some kind. Common enough here. (April 1, 2007) Another kind of sponge. More rounded. Not in my books. (Sept 14, 2008)
Sponge
Rosy Bryozoan
The yellow tree like thing is a Northern Staghorn Bryozoan ~ about 5 inches
[12.5 cm] across. (April 5, 2007)
Rosy Bryozoan ~ 8 inches [20 cm] across. Common at the wall at this dive site.
They are the reddish coloured mass in the middle of this digital image.


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Tunicates

Orange Sea Squirt
Orange Sea Squirts
Shiny Orange Sea Squirt ~ about 5 inches [12.5 cm] wide. (Sept 10, 2006)
Shiny Orange Sea Squirts and a Longfin Sculpin on the left (Sept 10, 2006)
Red Ascidians or Compound Tunicates
Sponge surrounding a Giant Acorn Barnacle
Red Ascidians or Compound Tunicates? The orange blob structure.(April 5 2007)
Lobed Compound Tunicates surrounding Giant Acorn Barnacles (April 1, 2007)
Lobed Tunicates

Some type of Lobed Compound Tunicates. ~ 8 inches [20 cm] tall. (April 5, 2009)


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Worms

Calcareous Tube Worms
Calcareous Tube Worms and Pink Encrusting Hydrocoral
Calcareous Tube Worms and a Sharp Nosed Crab (April 1, 2007)
Calcareous Tube Worms surrounded by Hairy Triton [a snail] eggs. (April 5, 2007)
Note this is also my first picture of Pink Encrusting Hydrocorals.
calcareous tube worms
Spaghetti Worm
Another close up of Calcareous Tube worms. ~ widest about 2 inches [5 cm]
Its hard to get a picture of these feeding. They usually hide when they detect me
which means pulling back into their calcified tubes.(Sept 14, 2008)
Spaghetti Worm, well at least its "tentacles". These actually belong to a worm that
has most of its body hidden below the sand. (April 5, 2009)

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Miscellaneous

Moss Crab, White Sea Cucumber and Sponge
crab fish starfish
Moss Crab [left], Sponge and White Sea Cucumber [right] (April 5, 2007)
A mixture of a few animals. Blood Starfish, Butterfly Crabs, and a Spiny Nosed
Sculpin.(April 5, 2009)
Bull Kelp
Feather Boa Kelp
Bull Kelp ~ 2 feet [60 cm] from the ball to the "stem" as it ends in the photo. But
these plants grow well past 45 feet [15 metres]. (April 5, 2009)
Featherboa Kelp ~ about 18 inches [45 cm] worth in this image. They seem to get
to be around 10 feet [3 m] in length from what I've seen. (April 5, 2009)
Sea Sacs and Sea Lettuce
Sea Sacs and Yellow Rockweed
Sea Sacs ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] tall. Common in the shallows closer to Spring Bay.
Earlier in the season they are usually more green in color.
Sea Sacs ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] tall. next to some Rock Weed[?]. An air sack at
the top of the Sea Sac keeps them standing upright.

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