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Scuba Diving Pictures from Breakwater Island near Gabriola Pass, British Columbia. Canada
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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:  2, yes only 2. As this spot is located a couple hours away, and requires paying for a ferry.
Type of dive: boat dive
Rating for this dive site: 8.5/10 for its abundance of life
Parking: N/A
Boat ramp: N/A
Ease of entry:  N/A [Wheel chair access: The Access Diving boat has a "wheel chair" lift to take divers out of the water. ]
Abundance of life: 8.5/10
Attractions: Solid rock walls with lots of holes, also lots of holes in the rock near the walls.
Bottom and depth: The wall here has spots that are fairly shallow, and deeper parts as well. Between 40 and 80+ feet deep.
Facilities: None
Hazards/Obstacles: This dive can only be done at certain times within the tide cycle. Due to periods of current.
Sensitivity to tide/current: The richness of life here is in part due to the current, but that also means you can only dive here at certain times.
Terrain: rock wall structure with lots of crevices, and holes
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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.

Cephalopods, Crustaceans, Fish, Mollusks, Nudibranchs, Sea Anemones, Sea Cucumbers & Echinoderms, Sponges, Tunicates, Worms, Miscellaneous

Crustaceans

Bering Hermit Crab
Bering Hermit Crab and Widehand Hermit Crab crustacean  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Bering Hermit Crab ~ about 3 inches [7.5 cm] across the shell is living within.
I saw more hermit crabs here than I've ever seen before. Literally hundreds. But
mostly young ones. (April 12, 2008)
Bering Hermit Crabs and a Widehand Hermit Crab. Looks like the larger of the
Bering Hermit Crabs is trying to rob or steal the smaller hermit crabs shell. But it
would quickly realize that the shell is too small for it. (April 12, 2008)
Widehand Hermit Crab
Sharp Nosed Crab
Widehand Hermit Crab and an Aeolid [nudibranch] of some kind. This hermit was
quite small. Only about two & a 1/2 inches [6.25 cm] along the snail shell length.
(April 12, 2008)
Sharp Nosed Crab ~ 4 inches [10 cm] for the width betweens its elbows.
(April 12, 2008)
Sharp Nosed Crab crustacean  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Cancer Crab
Sharp Nosed Crab (April 12, 2008) Cancer Crab blocking the hole to its den. (April 12, 2008)
Moss Crab
Moss Crab catching Snail
Moss Crab ~ about 4 inches [10 cm] long. Note that they are very similar to the
Sharp Nosed Crabs, but have smaller arms. (April 12, 2008)
Moss Crab catching Snail. They seem to be predators of snails. And I've seen
Sharp Nosed Crabs and Hermit Crabs acting as predators as well.
(April 12, 2008)
Giant Acorn Barnacle
Giant Acorn Barnacle and a Blood Star
A Giant Acorn Barnacle trying to catch particles of food in its arms. Every barnacle
here had sponge, colonial tunicates, fringed filament worms, and/or yellow boring
sponge on their shells. Sometimes I wonder if the yellow boring sponge kills the
barnacles. (April 12, 2008)
Giant Acorn Barnacle ~ 6 inches [15 cm] in diameter. With a Blood Star above it.
(April 12, 2008)
Golfball Crab [aka Rhinoceros Crab] crustacean  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Golf Ball Crab - juvenile
An adult Golf Ball Crab ~ 8 inches [20 cm] wide with the legs. Surrounded by
Fringed Worms. These worms are probably the most numerous animal at this site
and I've never seen them before at any other place I've dove. (April 12, 2008)
A juvenile Golf Ball Crab [aka Rhinoceros Crab] ~ 4 inches [10 cm] including the
legs. (April 12, 2008)
Heart Crab being held by a Scuba Diver
A juvenile Puget Sound King Crab
A Heart Crab being held by a Scuba Diver. (April 12, 2008) A juvenile Puget Sound King Crab ~ 6 inches [15 cm] across. (April 12, 2008)
Moss Crab crustacean  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada

Moss Crab ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] across the main shell. Note the various sponges
on its carapace. Part of the camouflage of these animals. (Sept 20, 2008)


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Fish

Wolf Eel in its den
Wolf Eel
A Wolf Eel [Anarrichthys ocellatus] peering out of its den. There appears to be three
pairs of them here.The seemed a little shy today. Perhaps my bright lights bothered
them.
(April 12, 2008)
Wolf Eel [Anarrichthys ocellatus]
Wylie coaxed it out of its den. I think it was kind of reluctanct at first because of
the lights on my camera. Its head is about 10 inches [25 cm] tall. These are quite
large animals. Perhaps 6 feet [2 metres] long. (April 12, 2008)
Wolf Eel fish  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Longfin Sculpin
Wolf Eel [Anarrichthys ocellatus] - peeking out of its den. (April 12, 2008) Longfin Sculpin ~ 4 inches [10 cm], White Soft Coral [?], some Orange Cup
Corals and not sure what the mass in the lower left corner is. (April 12, 2008)
Grunt Sculpin fish  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Grunt Sculpin
Grunt Sculpin ~ 4 inches [10 cm] long. (April 12, 2008) Grunt Sculpin - same animal as on the left. It was not fleeing from me but seemed to
be turning its back to me most of the time. (April 12, 2008)
Painted Greenling
Quillback Rockfish
Painted Greenling - using more natural light. But that was not on purpose. My
strobe light failed to trigger a few times during the dives this day. (April 12, 2008)
Quillback Rockfish ~ about 10 inches [25 cm] long. (April 12, 2008)
Painted Greenling
Close up of a Quillback Rockfish fish  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Painted Greenling ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long. (Sept 20, 2008) Quillback Rockfish ~ 12 inches [30 cm] One of the easier fish to take photographs
of but they too will eventually swim away. (Sept 20, 2008)
Painted Greenling fish  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Scalyhead Sculpin fish  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Painted Greenling ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long. (Sept 20, 2008) Scalyhead Sculpin ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] long. (Sept 20, 2008)
Kelp Greenling
Longfin Sculpin
Kelp Greenling ~ 2 feet [60 cm] This is a female. They rarely stay still during the
day for me to take a picure of them. At night its a lot easier if you can find them.
(Sept 20, 2008)
Longfin Sculpin ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] long. Also to the top left there appears to be
a baby Decorated Warbonnet or maybe a Mosshead Warbonnet or at least some-
kind of gunnel. (Sept 20, 2008)


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Mollusks

Geoduck Clam mollusk  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Abalone mollusk  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Geoduck Clam ~ three inches [7.5 cm] across the top. (April 14, 2008) Abalone ~ 12 inches [30 cm] across. (April 14, 2008)
Rock Scallop
Rock Scallop
Rock Scallop ~ 12 inches [30 cm] across. There was several of this at this dive
site. (April 12, 2008)
Rock Scallop ~ 12 inches [30 cm]. Notice the eye spots on this one.
(April 12, 2008)
Blue Lined Chiton
Limpet with a baby chiton on it mollusk  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Blue Lined Chiton beside a Snail Shell. The chiton is around two inches long
[5 cm]. (April 12, 2008)
A large limpet ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] with a baby chiton just left of the center of the
shell. Note the one rhinophore protruding on the top left. These animals are like
snails but their shell is not spiraled and more like a clam in some ways.
(Sept 20, 2008)
Pacific Gumboot Chiton

Gumboot Chiton ~ 10 inches [25 cm] (Sept 20, 2008)


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Nudibranchs [or Sea Slugs] & Snails

Clown Dorid aka Sea Slug
Noble Sea Lemon
Clown Dorid [Triopha catalinae] ~ about 3 inches [7.5 cm] long. (April 12, 2008) Noble Sea Lemon ~ about 10 inches [25 cm] long. (April 12, 2008)
Golden Dirona nudibranch  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Heath's Dorids
Golden Dirona [Dirona aurantia] ~ about 5 inches [12.5 cm] long. (April 12, 2008) A couple of Heath's Dorids and a few Orange Cup Corals. The OCC's are normally
no more than about inch and a half [4 cm] across. (April 12, 2008)
Heath's Dorid and a Three-Lined Aeolid
Hudson's Dorid
Three Heath's Dorids and a Three-Lined Aeolid crawling over one of them.
(April 12, 2008)
Hudson's Dorid ~ 2 inches [5 cm] (Sept 20, 2008)
Golden Dirona
Golden Dirona
Golden Dirona [Dirona aurantia] ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] long. (Sept 20, 2008) Golden Diroan [Dirona aurantia] ~ 4 inches [10 cm] (Sept 20, 2008)
Noble Sea Lemon nudibranch  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada

Noble Sea Lemon ~ 10 inches [25 cm] (Sept 20, 2008)

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Sea Anemones ( Cnidarians )

Zoanthids and an Giant Acorn Barnacle
Painted Anemone
Zoanthids surrounding a Giant Acorn Barnacle. Also some Yellow Boring Sponge
on the shell of the Barnacle. Note the small hermit crab near the top. (April 12, 2008)
Painted Anemone ~ 10 inches [25 cm] across. (April 12, 2008)
Short Plumose Anemeones

Short Plumose Anemones hanging from one of the many rock over hangs along the
main wall here. (April 12, 2008)


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 Sea Cucumbers & Starfish ( Echinoderms )

Orange Sea Cucumber and a Pale Sea Cucumber
Orange Sea Cucumber crawling echinoderm  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Two Orange Sea Cucumbers protruding out of holes in the solid rock. Along with
a Pale Sea Cucumber to the left of them. (April 12, 2008)
Something you don't see very often. An Orange Sea Cucumber crawling around.
Normally you only see them sticking their tentacles out and feeding. (April 12, 2008)
A Pale Sea Cucumber feeding
Brown Sea Cucumber
This Pale Sea Cucumber is feeding. They catch food with their tentacles and then
place their entire arm into their "mouth." (April 12, 2008)
Brown Sea Cucumber ~ 10 inches [25 cm] showing. (April 12, 2008)
Blood Starfish echinoderm  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Leather Star
Blood Star ~ 8 inches [20 cm] across. (April 12, 2008) Leather Star ~ 10 inches [25 cm] across. (April 12, 2008)
Morning Star
Morning Star
Morning Star ~ about two feet [60 cm] across. (April 12, 2008) Morning Star ~ about two feet [60 cm] across. Crawling along the edge of the
main rock wall here at Breakwater Island. (April 12, 2008)
Sunflower Starfish echinoderm  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Sunflower Star
An adult Sunflower Star ~ almost three feet [1 metre] across. (April 12, 2008) A juvenile Sunflower Star ~ two feet [60 cm] across. These smaller ones are more
often this brighter orange colour. (April 12, 2008)
Mottled Star
A mutant Purple Star - extra tip on one arm
Mottled Star ~ two feet [60 cm] across. (April 12, 2008) A slightly mutant Purple Star - not the extra arm tip on the arm pointing to the left.
(April 12, 2008)
Painted Star
Painted Star with Hermit Crabs crawling on it
Painted Star ~ two feet [60 cm] across. (April 12, 2008) Painted Star ~ two feet [60 cm] across. Note the small hermit crab on top of it.
(April 12, 2008)
Red Sea Urchin
Vermilion Star
Red Sea Urchin ~ about 10 inches [25 cm] across. (April 12, 2008) Vermilion Star ~ 8 inches [20 cm] across. (April 12, 2008)
Striped Sun Star
Spiny Pink Starfish echinoderm  - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Striped Sun Star ~ over two feet [60 cm] across. (April 12, 2008) A Spiny Pink Star ~ almost three feet [1 metre] across. Note the large number of
snail shells near it. (April 12, 2008)
Leather Star

Leather Star ~ 14 inches [35 cm] wide. (Sept 20, 2008)

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Sponges

Yellow Boring Sponge on a Rock Scallop shell
Sponges on a Giant Acorn Barnacle
Yellow Boring Sponge on what appears to be an old shell of a Rock Scallop.
The diameter of the yellow area is about 1 foot [30 cm]. (April 12, 2008)
Giant Acorn Barnacle covered in sponge. And a sponge beside it. The sponge on
the right is about 10 inches [25 cm] in diameter. (April 12, 2008)
Sponge
Sponge
A mixture of sponges. (April 12, 2008) Sponge of some kind. (April 12, 2008)
Velvety Red Sponge
Orange Finger Sponge - Breakwater Island off of Gabriola Nanaimo - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Velvety Red Sponge surrounded by Orange Cup Corals. (April 12, 2008) Orange Finger Sponge ~ 10 inches [25 cm] wide.


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Tunicates







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Worms

Northern Feather Star using natural light
Northern Feather Star using Strobe
Northern Feather Star - using natural light. (April 12, 2008) Northern Feather Star - using a strobe light. (April 12, 2008)
Fringed Filament Worms and Pink Encrusting Algae

Fringed Filament Worms - the most abundant or dominant life form at this dive site.
(April 12, 2008)


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Miscellaneous

Pink Encrusting Hydrocoral

Pink Encrusting Hydrocoral. (April 12, 2008)

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