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Scuba Diving Pictures from Bob's Spot in the Plumper Island Group near Telegraph Cove, 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 are located at the bottom of the page.
Number of dives I've done at this scuba diving site: 1 - yes only 1, as this location is about a six hour drive from where I live.
Type of dive: boat dive - This dive was done in conjunction with the Top Island Econauts Scuba Dive Club. I'm officially a member of the group but have only been able to get up to the north end of Vancouver Island to dive with them once. I can hardly wait to dive with them again. Join them and you can get their monthly news letter [Emerald Expressions] about scuba diving & other marine related events for the Port McNeil / Port Hardy region of Vancouver Island.
Rating for this dive site: 9/10 - perhaps higher. :)
Parking: not applicable
Bathroom/Washroom/Toilet: not applicable
Boat ramp: closest was Telegraph Cove, which is where we also launched from with the club boat.
Ease of entry:  [Wheel chair access: No]
Abundance of life: 8/10. The richness was really like a vein of gold along somewhat of a wall. With cracks and crevices, and rock shelves starting close to the surface and descending down. I followed the vein of life dominated by Red Soft Corals to around 75 feet [23 metres]. I saw more than 20 basket stars on this dive, which is more than I've ever seen in all my other dives combined.
Attractions:
Bottom and depth: Kelp forest starting at the top, and rock crevices, and shelves descending beyond 75 feet [23 metres].
Facilities: none. Closest would be Telegraph Cove.
Hazards/Obstacles: Current and perhaps one excitement at seeing so much life.
Sensitivity to tide/current: Very sensitive to current.
Terrain: rocky, solid rock,

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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.

Links to the various groups of organisms:
Cephalopods, Crustaceans, Fish, Mollusks, Nudibranchs, Sea Anemones, Sea Cucumbers & Echinoderms, Sponges, Tunicates, Worms, Miscellaneous


Crustaceans

Cancer Crab
Cancer Crab
A Cancer Crab hiding in the remains of a dead Giant Acorn Barnacle. This is where
you will usually find them. Or a hole in the rock. Rarely do you find them out in the
open. Size: ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] at the opening of the barnacle. (Oct 5, 2008)
A rare glimpse of a Cancer Crab roaming about. And surrounded by Scalyhead
Sculpins. ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] wide on the crab. (Oct 5, 2008)
Yellow Hairy Sea Spiders
Cancer Crab and Sculpins [fish] - Plumper Island near Telegraph Cove - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Yellow Hairy Sea Spiders on the Red Soft Corals? Not a great image, as I've taken
this from another photograph to try and zoom into see them. Turns out at this site a
few of my images show these tiny crustaceans on the Red Soft Corals.(Oct 5, 2008)
The same Cancer Crab as above. With five sculpins around it. (Oct 5, 2008)
Decorator Crab
Decorator Crab
Foliate Kelp Crab - I've never seen such colourful legs on a crustacean. Hopefully someone will recognize this species and let me know its real name. Size across legs: ~ 6 inches [15 cm] (Oct 5, 2008) Graceful Kelp Crab ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide across the legs. First time I've seen one of these. (Oct 5, 2008)
Heart Crab - Plumper Island near Telegraph Cove - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Sharp Nosed Crab
A juvenile Heart Crab. Size: ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] across the main shell. Given its
size this would make it out to be a "teenager." (Oct 5, 2008)
A Sharp Nosed Crab. Note that it is missing one of its main pincers. In front of it is
some Red Sof Coral in its non-feeding mode. Where it is basically hiding its arms.
(Oct 5, 2008)

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Fish

Scalyhead Sculpin
Scalyhead Sculpin fish - Plumper Island near Telegraph Cove - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Scalyhead Sculpin sitting on top of some Bushy Pink-Mouthed Hydroids. And
beside some Purple Encrusing Hydrocorals, and some Red Soft Corals.
(Oct 5, 2008)
Scalyhead Sculpin ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] long. Quite common at this dive site. And
one of the few fish that will stay still for you to take its picture. (Oct 5, 2008)
Scalyhead Sculpin
Sculpin
Three more Scalyhead Sculpins, sitting on top of some Giant Acorn Barnacles.
There is also a Painted Anemone, Proliferating Anemone, Pink Encrusing Hyrdro-
corals and some more hydroids.(Oct 5, 2008)
Some sort of Sculpin, perhaps a scalyhead that is just lighter in colour. Also there is
a small hermit crab in the picture. The orange material looks like ascidians, Pink and
Purple Encrusting Hydrocorals, and some non feeding Red Soft Corals.
(Oct 5, 2008)

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Mollusks

Chiton

Chiton ~ 4 inches [10 cm] long. Common at this dive site. (Oct 5, 2008)

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Nudibranchs [or Sea Slugs] & Snails

Orange Peel Nudibranch
Orange Peel Nudibranch
Orange Peel Nudibranch [Tochuina tetraquerta] ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long. There
were a few at this dive site, but they are not always situated to make it easy to take
a photograph of one of them. (Oct 5, 2008)
Orange Peel Nudibranch [Tochuina tetraquerta] ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long.
(Oct 5, 2008)


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Sea Anemones ( Cnidarians )

Pink Branching Hydrocorals
Proliferating Anemones
Pink Branching Hydrocoral ~ 14 inches [35 cm] across the main body. Quite
common at this site. (Oct 5, 2008)
Proliferating Anemone ~ 2 inches [5 cm] in diameter. (Oct 5, 2008)
Crimson Anemone
Soft and hard corals
Crimson Anemone beside some Pink Hydrocorals. (Oct 5, 2008) Red Soft Coral, Compount Tunicates, and Pink Branching Hydrocoral.
(Oct 5, 2008)
Red Soft Coral
Pink and purple encrusting hydrocorals
Red Soft Coral, with a large Limpet, Giant Acorn Barnacle, Sculpin, and Pink
Encrusting Hydrocorals as well. (Oct 5, 2008)
Pink and Purple Encrusting Hydrocorals. Note the Blood Starfish on the left side of
this image. (Oct 5, 2008)
Pink Encrusting Hydrocoral
Proliferating Anemones - cnidarians - Plumper Island near Telegraph Cove - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Pink Encrusting Hydrocoral. Note the small Hermit Crab near the top right of this
photograph. And below it a young Sharp Nosed Crab. (Oct 5, 2008)
Proliferating Anemone ~ 2 inches [5 cm] in diameter. Also note the Scaly Head
Sculpin that is on the top right of this image. (Oct 5, 2008)
Purple Encrusting Hydrocorals
Red Soft Coral
Pink and Purple Encrusting Hydrocorals. (Oct 5, 2008) Red Soft Coral in its hiding or retracted position/form (Oct 5, 2008)
Red Soft Corals and Yellow Hairy Sea Spiders
Red Soft Corals
Red Soft Coral and some sort of orange coloured anemones in their non-feeding
mode. (Oct 5, 2008)
Red Soft Coral actually open and hoping to feed. (Oct 5, 2008)
Red Soft Corals

Red Soft Coral and some Creeping Orange Hydroids [the orange bushy plant-like
objects at the top and top-left of this photograph] and some sort of orange
coloured anemones in their non-feeding mode. (Oct 5, 2008)


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 Sea Cucumbers & Starfish ( Echinoderms )

Side view of a Basket Star - echinoderm - Plumper Island near Telegraph Cove - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Basket Star
A side profile of a Basket Star. ~ 2 feet [60 cm] across. (Oct 5, 2008) Basket Star ~ 2 feet [60 cm] across. (Oct 5, 2008)
Basket Star
Striped Sunstar starfish - echinoderm - Plumper Island near Telegraph Cove - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Basket Star. Size:~ 2 feet [60 cm] across.  (Oct 5, 2008) Striped Sunstar Size: ~ 18 inches [45 cm] across. (Oct 5, 2008)

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Sponges

Sponge
Sponge
Sulphur Sponge amongst the Plumose Anemons and Red Sof Corals. Note that the
sponge seems to be forming around or at least next to some Giant Acorn Barnacles.
(Oct 5, 2008)
Sulphur Sponge with a Blood Star approaching it. Again, the sponges is forming
around a Giant Acorn Barnacle on the left side of the photo. (Oct 5, 2008)


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Miscellaneous

Garth of the Econauts scuba diving near Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada scuba diving site

No. Thank you, Garth! One of the north Vancouver Island's friendly Econauts.
I can hardly wait to dive with them again. (Oct 5, 2008)  Top Island Econauts


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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: You will have to ask the Econauts for directions to this dive site.
Or
MapQuest: You will have to ask the Econauts for directions to this dive site.

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