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Scuba Diving Pictures from Willis Point near 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: shore dive
Rating for this dive site: 7/10 for the great rock wall that starts close to shore and goes well past 100 feet [30 metres] in some parts
Parking: tight for parking, maybe four cars, trucks at the entrance to the fire lane. Do Not block the fire lane.
Boat ramp: none but there would be one near Brent Bay in the Saanich Inlet.
Bathroom/Washroom/Toilet: Not on site.
Ease of entry: 7/10 as the last 10 feet down is a bit challenging and the algae covered rocks can be dangerous [Wheel chair access: No]
Abundance of life: 4/10, unless your into tube worms & creeping petal sea cucumbers then I'd say its more like 5/10
Accommodations:  There are several places in Sidney or even Victoria that you could find lodging at. Including Hotels, Motels, Inns and Campgrounds.
Attractions: great place for a deep wall dive. And the world famous Bouchard Gardens is nearby.
Bottom and depth:  Small rocks, and sand above and below the wall.
Facilities: none
Hazards/Obstacles: some boats, and the road here is a bit narrow in spots, but not much traffic
Sensitivity to tide/current: protected from current at this location
Terrain: solid rock walls that start at a depth of about 30 ft [10 m] and decend to more thatn 100 feet [30 metres]
The surrounding terrain around the walls is a mixture of sand and rocky areas.
Tides, transportation and weather: Fisheries and Oceans Canada Tide Page., BC Ferries Schedule and Sailings. , The Weather Network

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The following images are thumbnails. If you click on them a larger image will open up and the picture will take up most of your screen. Again these are medium qualifty jpegs. Higher quality images can be purchased directly from me via paypal using my email address tjfidler@telus.net And many of these photos can be found for sale on Cafepress through the Calendar link and Photo CD link.

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.

The entrance to Willis Point:
Entrance to Willis Point
To the right of the firelane is a black iron fence.

Cephalopods ( Ocotopi and Squid )

Octopus
My first picture of an adult Pacific Giant Octopus. But I could not coax it out of its den.
The eye and surrounding area is around 2.5 inches [6 cm] wide. (March 25, 2006)


Ruby Octopus and a baby Squat Lobster
Ruby Octopus in its hunting mode
Ruby Octopus ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] for its head/mantle length. Another think I like
about this photograph is if you look to the bottom left of the octopus you will see
the smallest Squat Lobster I've ever "seen." (Jan 18, 2009)
Ruby Octopus ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] for its head/mantle length. Here the octopus is
in its hunting mode. Note how it spreads out its arms and forms an umbrella-like
area with its arms. To catch prey. (Jan 18, 2009)
Ruby Octopus and a baby Swimming Anemone
Ruby Octopus sitting on kelp
Ruby Octopus ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] for its head/mantle length. Note the small baby
orange Swimming Anemone. This type of anemone is not very common here.
(Jan 18, 2009)
Ruby Octopus ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] for its head/mantle length. This is the same one
as is in the other pictures but now it is sitting on kelp, and made a color change as
well as made its skin look rougher. (Jan 18, 2009)


Crustaceans


Outline around Crab
Great camouflage Decorator Crab
Decorator Crab ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide with the legs. I've drawn a red border
around it. ( March 25, 2006)
Decorator Crab - Same picture without the border. ( March 25, 2006)
Kelp Crab
Red Rock Crab and Spiny Tunicate
Kelp Crab ~ 6 inches [15 cm] long including its legs. (June 18, 2006) Red Rock Crab beside a Spiny Tunicate. Surprised to find this crab on the main
wall here. Perhaps looking for Lingcod eggs. (March 9, 2008)
Decorator Crab
Decorator Crab and Lingcod egg mass
Decorator Crab ~ 8 inches [20 cm] wide including its legs. It was hanging on the
rock wall. (March 9, 2008)
Note the Decorator Crab sitting on the bottom right of this egg mass.
Quite the food supply. Even though a male Lingcod was protecting these eggs,
perhaps the crabs don't get noticed by the fish. (March 9, 2008)
Squat Lobster
Squat Lobster
Squat Lobster ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] long with the arms. (Jan 18, 2009)
Squat Lobster ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] long with the arms. Note that a smaller one is
hiding under the rock. (Jan 18, 2009)
Squat Lobster

Squat Lobster ~ 4 inches [10 cm] long with the arms. Unlike most of them this one
actually stayed still for a few pictures. This is the best of them. They are more
commonly seen at night, but sometimes during the day you can spot a few of them.
(Jan 18, 2009)



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Fish

Sculpin
Sculpin near Octopus Den
Sculpin - beside the Octopus den ( March 25, 2006)
  Sculpin - same one as in left image ( March 25, 2006)
Painted Greenling
Painted Greenling
Painted Greenling (June 18, 2006)
This photo also appears on the marine-life calendar 2009 for Underwater Life of the
Pacific Northwest
. North America 2009 Calendar v03
Painted Greenling - about ten inches [25 cm] long. (June 18, 2006)
Copper Rockfish
male Lingcod guarding eggs
Copper Rockfish - about ten inches [25 cm] long. (March 9, 2008) Male Lingcod guarding an egg mass on the wall. This one was at a depth of about
80 feet [26 m]. (March 9, 2008)
Great Sculpin
Scalyhead Sculpin
Great Sculpin [?] about a foot [30cm] long. It stayed perfectly still while I took
around 5 pictures of it. (March 9, 2008)
Scalyhead Sculpin - these fish will often come right up to me. Which is a reason
that I love seeing them, as most fish run away. But the smaller species of sculpins
appear to be curious about divers. (March 9, 2008)
Ling Cod male guarding eggs
Sculpin of some kind and a Vermilion Starfish
Ling Cod ~ 4 feet [1.3 m] long. This fish was guarding a large egg mass. Around
the volume of 3 to 4 american footballs. (Jan 18, 2009)
Possibly a juvenile Great Sculpin fish ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] long. Sitting next to a
regular sized Vermilion Star.


Sea Slugs or Nudibranchs

Sea Slug or Nudibranch
Giant White Dorid
Bicoloured Nudibranch ( March 25, 2006) Giant White Dorid. ( March 25, 2006)
Sea Lemon
Yellow Margin Dorid
Sea Lemon ( March 25, 2006) Yellow Margin Dorid (June 18, 2006)
Opalescent Nudibranchs
Nudibranch
Opalescent Nudibranchs - about 1.5 inches in length. The chain links that you see
here are like 4 inches [10 cm] long. (June 18, 2006)
Opalescent Nudibranch (June 18, 2006)
Opalescent Nudibranch
Giant White Dorid
Opalescent Nudibranch - about 2 inches [5 cm] long. (June 18, 2006) Giant White Dorid - about 8 inches [20 cm] long. (March 9, 2008)

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Jellyfish & Sea Anemones ( Cnidarians )

Giant Plumose Anemone
Giant Plumose Anemone
 Giant Plumose Anemone ~ 14 inches [35 cm] wide. Just a picture of its feeding
appartus, without the body showing. ( March 25 , 2006)
 Giant Plumose Anemone ~ 4 feet [1.3 m] tall. With a scuba diver behind it.
 ( March 25 , 2006)
Tube Dwelling Anemone
Tube Dwelling Anemone
Tube Dwelling Anemone ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide with the arms.
 (March 25, 2006) A favourite food of the big nudibranchs
Tube Dwelling Anemone ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide. (June 18, 2006)
Water Jellyfish
Water Jellyfish
Water Jellyfish - Odd Name - about 3 inches (7.5cm) across (June 18. 2006)
Water Jellyfish - Odd Name (June 18. 2006)


Starfish and Sea Cucumbers

Pale Sea Cucumber
Creeping Petal Sea Cucumbers
Pale Sea Cucumber ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide. ( March 25, 2007) Creeping Petal Sea Cucumbers ~ 4 inches [10 cm] wide. (March 9, 2008)
Leather Star
Mottled Star
Leather Star ( June 18, 2006)
This photo also appears on the marine-life calendar 2009 for Starfish of the Pacific
Northwest
. North America 2009 Calendar v01
Mottled Starfish - about 2 feet [60 cm] across. ( June 18, 2006)
Purple Starfish
Spiny Pink Star
Purple Starfish ~ 10 inches [25 cm] wide. ( June 18, 2006) Spiny Pink Star ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide. Given its size this is obviously a young
one as they are typically close to 3 feet [1 metre] across as adults.( June 18, 2006)
Vermilion Starfish
Vermilion Starfish
Vermilion Starfish ~ 8 inches [20 cm] wide. ( June 18, 2006) Vermilion Starfish ~ 8 inches [20 cm] wide.( March 25, 2006)
Sunflower Starfish
Sunflower Star
Young Sunflower Starfish about ten inches [25 cm] across. ( June 18, 2006) Sunflower Star about 2 feet [60 cm] across. (March 9, 2008)
Adult Sunflower Star
Baby Orange Sun Star
An adult Sunflower Star almost three feet [1 m] across. (March 9, 2008) A juvenile Orange Sun Star about 4 inches [10 cm] across. (March 9, 2008)
Creeping Petal Sea Cucumber
Creeping Petal Sea Cucumber beside Yellow Boring Sponge
Creeping Petal Sea Cucumber about 4 inches [10 cm] across. (March 9, 2008) Creeping Petal Sea Cucumber beside Yellow Boring Sponge. (March 9, 2008)
Morning Star
Morning Star
Morning Star - about two feet [60 cm] across. (March 9, 2008) Morning Star - almost 3 feet [1 m] across. (March 9, 2008)
Mottled Star
baby Sea Cucumber and a Longfin Sculpin fish
Mottled Star - over 2 feet [60 cm] across. (March 9, 2008) A baby Sea Cucumber ~ 4 inches [10 cm] long. With a Longfin Sculpin fish just a
few inches to the right of it. (Jan 18, 2009)
Spiny Pink starfish and a scuba diver

Spiny Pink Star ~ 3 feet [1 metre] wide. Note the scuba diver just to the top right
of it. This looks like a night dive, but it was not. I was manually over riding the
aperture settings [F stop] and forgot to turn it back. (Jan 18, 2009)


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Tunicates

Transparent Sea Squirt
Fused Orange Social Ascidians
Transparent Sea Squirts - only about 2 inches [5 cm] long (June 18, 2006)
Fused Orange Social Ascidians on a tree branch that has sunk into the bay.
Sometimes I see them forming a layer on kelp or seaweed. This mass was about
6 inches [15 cm] long. (March 9, 2008)
Sea Vase - sea aquirt

Sea Vase - a sea squirt that is often by itself. One tube takes in water and is ejected
out of the other tube. The filter feed in the manner. About 3 inches [7.5 cm] long.
(March 9, 2008)


Worms

Calcareous Tube Worm

This is a Calcareous Tube Worm. Or at least its feeding apparatus. ~ 2 inches [5 cm]
across. Note there is a second worm in this picture just to the lower left of the first
animal. But its feeding apparatus is mosly white. (Jan 18, 2009)



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If you want to locate this site on a map, or print out a map, you can user either:

Google Maps: Best to enter one of the side streets: Steamer Drive Brentwood Bay BC - then look for the fire lane as you are driving along. Its beside a black iron fence.
Or
MapQuest: looking for actual address....


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