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|Scuba Diving Pictures from Alberthead
Lagoon in Metchosin, B.C.
These are medium quality jpegs. But I have the RAW images as well.
Directions to the Dive Site are located at the bottom of the page.
Number of dives I've done at this scuba diving site: 1
Additional notes: Lifeforms I saw here that I did not get a picture of or the quality was too poor:
Type of dive: shore dive / boat dive - either/or
Rating for this dive site: 6/10
Parking: Plenty of parking for at least 10 cars, trucks and vans.
Bathroom/Washroom/Toilet: Not here.
Boat ramp: No
Ease of entry: [Wheel chair access: No] Very easy entry.
Abundance of life: 6/10
Bottom and depth: Mixture of sand and rock. Mostly sand and gravel. But there is rock structure.
Facilities: Nothing close by.
Sensitivity to tide/current:
Terrain: rocky, sandy, solid rock, both, all
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|This is the freshwater part of
Alberthead Lagoon. The southern half. I will not likely
try to dive in the actual lagoon as it looked to muddy and shallow. The image below
show the part I will/have actually did some scuba diving around. (Sept 2009)
|Here's the northern half of
Alberthead Lagoon in Metchosin. I could have done a
panoramic view, but decided to do that with the one showing both the freshwater
and salt water sides of the lagoon. (Sept 2009)
|A view of the city of Victoria
from sea side of Alberthead Lagoon. It is this rock
outcropping that I will be diving around. And act as my focal point for this scuba
diving site. (Sept 2009)
|The parking lot here is quite
large. With plenty of space for several cars.
|Dungeness Crab ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] wide. Obviously a
juvenile based on its size.
And of course assuming I've identified it correctly. Common here. (Sept 2009)
| Helmet Crab ~ 6 inches [15 cm]
wide with the legs. Seemed to be quite common
at this dive site. (Sept 2009)
|Helmet Crab ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide with the legs. (Sept 2009)||Sharp Nosed Crab ~ 8 inches [20
cm] wide. I only spotted a couple of them here,
but given the camoflauge of this one I'm not surprised. (Sept 2009)
|Red Rock Crab ~ 4 inches [10 cm]
wide that you can see. These are the most
common type of crab that I spot hiding in the sand. But I often find others hiding in
the sand or mud as well. Sometimes they are actually excavating a hole. In search
of food I suspect. See Saxe Point for a sample of such activity. (Sept 2009)
|Red Rock Crab ~ 8 inches [20 cm]
wide. This crab is eating something, and in fact
ignored me for the most part. (Sept 2009)
|Copper Rockfish ~ 14 inches [35 cm] long. This fish stayed
still long enought just
for this single image. (Sept 2009)
|Not sure what species. ~ 2
inches [5 cm] long. There were a handful of these in a
small area. (Sept 2009)
|Blue-Lined Chiton ~ 2 inches [5 cm] long. And to the left of
it is a Transparent
Tunicate. (Sept 2009)
|Woody Chiton ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] long. (Sept 2009)|
|Gumboot Chiton ~ 10 inches [25 cm] long. (Sept 2009)||
|Hooded Nudibranchs ~ 4 inches
[10 cm] wide across the mouth. Not the one on
the far left has its mouth closed now. Note how it looks like a Venus Fly Trap.
As with other massings I'm guessing that these animals are only here in the fall and
not around any other time of the year. I'd like to know where they spend the rest of
the year. (Sept 2009)
|Hooded Nudibranchs ~ same image
as on the left. Note now the one on the far left
now has its mouth open. For video of this check out my Deep Cove web page.
|Flabellina Nudibranch ~ 2 inches
[5 cm] above a Hooded Nudibranch. These were
quite common at this dive site, but with my camera they are not easy to get a good
close up. Hoping to get a new camera sometime in the future to overcome this
limitation. And another strobe as well as often I don't have enough light beyond a
certain distance. (Sept 2009)
| Hooded Nudibranch ~ 3 inches
[7.5 cm] tall. I like this shot as it almost looks like
its dancing. (Sept 2009)
|Hooded Nudibranchs ~ 4 inches
[10 cm] for the widest mouth here. Note the
yellow object between them. I believe these are eggs, and I spotted them several
times next to such yellow egg masses. (Sept 2009)
|Might be a Heath's
Dorid/Nudibranch ~ 4 inches [10 cm] long. This was the only
one that I spotted. (Sept 2009)
|Lion's Mane Jellyfish ~ 10 inches [25 cm] wide across the bell part. (Sept 2009)||A short video of a Lion's Mane
jellyfish swimming. This shows how they move.
|Clinging Jellyfish ~ 1 inch [2.5 cm] across the bell. (Sept 2009)||Red-Eye Jellyfish ~ 8 inches [20
cm] tall. Note the red eyes at the bottom of the
bell. This animal seemed to be able to see me as it moved away from me and hid
behind the kelp. (Sept 2009)
|Fish-Eating Anemone ~ 12 inches
[30 cm] wide. I only spotted two of this species
on this day. For more information on anemones check out this link to Wikipedia.
|Painted Anemone ~ 10 inches [25
cm] wide. Quite common at this dive site.
|Scalloped Jellyfish ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] in diameter. (Sept 2009)||Short Plumose Anemone ~ 10 inches [25 cm] tall. (Sept 2009)|
|Blood Star ~ 6 inches [15 cm]
wide. Note the small sculpin fish on the right arm.
|The red bushy looking thing is a
Creeping Petal Sea Cucumber. ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm]
across. The large yellowish mass is a sponge of some type. (Sept 2009)
|Mottled Star ~ 16 inches [40 cm]
wide. Note that one of its arms is quite short, and
is probably re-growing after being bitten off by some other animal. (Sept 2009)
|Red Sea Urchin ~ 12 inches [30
cm] wide. Oddly enough this was the only one I
spotted. Usually you would see more than this if you spot any at all. (Sept 2009)
|Sea Cucumber beside some eggs of
some animal. Dimension across the eggs ~ 4
inches [10 cm]. (Sept 2009)
|Sea Cucumber ~ 16 inches [40 cm]
long. Which actually based on its size makes
this a small one. Common here at this dive site. (Sept 2009)
|Purple Star ~ 16 inches [40 cm]
wide. Quite common in the shallows at this dive
site. (Sept 2009)
|Ball Sponge ~ 4 inches [10 cm]
in diameter. The small orange objects are mostly
Orange Social Ascidians. (Sept 2009)
|Sponge of some kind. Looks an
awful lot like the kind carried by some hermit
crabs, but I did not stop to flip any of them over to see if this was the case. For this
first dive I was mostly just sampling the marine life here. (Sept 2009)
|Some Shiny Orange Sea Squirts.
They can get up to about the size of an orange,
but these ones were quite young and no larger then an egg. (Sept 2009)
|Orange Social Ascidians ~ a half
inch [1.25 cm] across. Which is about normal size
for these animals. Unlike their cousins the Shiny Orange Sea Squirts which get to be
the size of oranges. (Sept 2009)
|Warty Tunicate ~ 4 inches [10
cm] tall. I only spotted this one on this first dive here
Note the Calcareous Tube Worms above and below it. (Sept 2009)
|These strands are actually the
feeding parts of a Spaghetti Worm. This digital image
is about 14 inches [35 cm] across for the view it shows. (Sept 2009)
|My first sort of ok seal
picture. Previously the only image I had was that of a seal
fin. The water was not exactly that great for a photograph today. But for video it
was fine. Check out the Youtube video to the right of this digital image. It was about
the size of a large dog. (Sept 2009)
|A short video of a playful seal.
In the last part of this video I only got this close
because it was pulling on my fin. In the beginning it was keeping its distance,
but eventually it over came is shyness and started to pull on my fin while I was
taking a picture of a hooded nudibranch, My thought was "Why is my foot
moving?" I heard from other divers about seals and sea lions pulling on their fins
but I had never had this happened until today. (Sept 2009)
|Me [scuba diver] and a dog that
I scared when
I surfaced within about 2 m of it. It
got quite scared and started howling and barking. So, I started howling as well. A
few people on the beach were quite surprised as well and did not realize there were
scuba divers in the water. But they had been watching the bubbles as I approached
and were wondering what was making them. : ) (Thanks Jane for the photo.)