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Scuba Diving Pictures from Browning Wall in Browning Passage near Port Hardy, B.C. Canada
(Just bought a camera so more pictures to be added as I take them.)
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: 2 as of Oct 2009
Type of dive: boat dive
Rating for this dive site: 9.5/10
Parking:  NA
Bathroom/Washroom/Toilet: Not unless there is one on the boat your on. :)
Boat ramp: Nearest might be Port Hardy
Ease of entry:  [Wheel chair access: No] NA
Abundance of life: 9.5/10
Accommodations:  There are several places in Port Hardy that you could find lodging at. Including Inns and Campgrounds.
Attractions: There is lots of life here, and I can hardly wait to re-dive this spot.
Bottom and depth: Well over 100 feet.
Facilities: NA - nearest might be Port Hardy
Hazards/Obstacles: There was some evidence of recently fallen rock from the cliffs above. But probably a rare event.
Sensitivity to tide/current: current is an issue here, and you need to consult the tide tables or ask your guide.
Terrain: solid rock wall and debris from the wall
Tides, transportation and weather: Fisheries and Oceans Canada Tide Page., BC Ferries Schedule and Sailings. , The Weather Network
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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.

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

Crustaceans

Puget Sound King Crab claws
Sharp Nosed Crab crustacean  - Browning Wall Browning Passage Port Hardy - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
The claws of a Puget Sound King Crab. ~ 10 inches [25 cm] long. I did not see
any living ones myself this day, but the other divers I was with said they saw a few
adults hanging out on the wall. [Oct 4, 2008]
Sharp Nosed Crab ~ 8 inches [20 cm] long by measuring from the claws to the end
of the legs of this individual. [Oct 4, 2008]
Pygmy Rock Crab aka Cancer Crab
Moss or Decorator Crab
Pygmy Rock Crabs ~ 2.5 inches [6.25 cm] wide. One hiding in a Giant Acorn
Barnacle and the other just to the left of it.
Moss Crab ~ 4 inches [10 cm] wide. These crabs were quite common at Browning
Wall but not always easy to spot.
Decorator Crab at Browning Wall
Giant Acorn Barnacles feeding
Decorator Crab ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] tall. Next to and right of the white anemone
in the center of this digital image. It is wearing quite a collection of material that it
has gathered at Browning Wall in Browning Passage.
Giant Acorn Barnacles ~ 4 inches [10 cm] tall each. If you look closely you will see
that all three of them are feeding. [With their "legs" out]
Puget Sound King Crab  - Browning Wall Browning Passage Port Hardy - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Pygmy Rock Crab at Browning Wall
Puget Sound King Crab ~ 16 inches [40 cm] wide. They are common at Browning
Wall but you need to look for them carefully at this dive site.
Pygmy Rock Crab hiding in a Giant Acorn Barnacle. Along with some Bushy Pink
Mouth Hydroids - just below the crab and also left of it.
Sharp Nosed Crab sitting on a Rock Scallop
Widehand Hermit Crab at Browning Wall
Sharp Nosed Crab sitting on a Rock Scallop [12 inches or 30 cm wide]. You can
clearly see the eyes on this Rock Scallop.
Widehand Hermit Crab ~ 2 inches [5 cm] wide. This is the only one that I spotted
here at Browning Wall, but this was a current dive with not much time to look
carefully for small animals and life forms. It is next to the striped snail in this digital
image.
Moss Crab on Sulphur Sponge crustacean - Browning Wall Browning Passage Port Hardy - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada

Moss Crab ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] tall, sitting on some Sulphur Sponge.


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Fish

Painted Greenling
Painted Greenling
Painted Greenling ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long. [Oct 4, 2008] Painted Greenling ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long. This is actually the same fish as shown
on the left. [Oct 4, 2008]
Scalyhead Sculpin fish  - Browning Wall Browning Passage Port Hardy - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Scalyhead Sculpin
Scalyhead Sculpin ~ 7 inches [17.5 cm] long. Sitting on top of some Short Plumose
Anemones. [Oct 4, 2008]
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Scalyhead Sclupin ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] long. Sitting beside the claws of a dead
Puget Sound King Crab. [Oct 4, 2008]
Sculpin on colonial tunicates
Black Rockfish
A sculpin of some kind ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] long. Sitting on top of a layer of some
type of compound tunicates. [Oct 4, 2008]
Black Rockfish ~ 16 inches [40 cm] long.
China Rockfish
Kelp Greenling fish male
China Rockfish ~ 16 inches [40 cm] long. Quite common a fish at this site but hard
to get a decent picture [digital image] of it.
Kelp Greenling ~ 18 inches [45 cm] long. This male fish would not stay still for a
decent close up. They are common here at Browning Wall.
Grunt Sculpin - a fish - hiding in sponge - Browning Wall Browning Passage Port Hardy - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada

Grunt Sculpin ~ 2.5 inches [6.25 cm] wide. This fish was hiding or living in a hole
in this large yellow sponge.



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Mollusks

Geoduck Clam
Giant Rock Scallop
Geoduck Clam in the center of this digital image.
Giant Rock Scallop ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide. With a lot of sponge growing its
shell. They are usually covered by what ever is living around them.


Nudibranchs [or Sea Slugs] & Snails

Side view of an Orange Peel Nudibranch - Browning Wall Browning Passage Port Hardy - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Orange Peel Nudibranch
The beautiful and gorgeous Orange Peel Nudibranch. [Tochuina tetraquerta]
~ 12 inches [30cm] long. This was my first encounter ever with this species, and I
was very happy to have it situationed on a rock shelf that allowed me to take 30
photographs of this animal. Getting a side view picture of one of these animals
turned out to be a rare event.
Click on this link for a widescreen version of this photograph.
Orange Peel Nudibranch. [Tochuina tetraquerta] ~ 12 inches [30cm] long. Same
one as that found to the left of this image. [Oct 4, 2008]
Orange Peel Nudibranch
Lemon Dorid or nudibranch
Orange Peel Nudibranch [Tochuina tetraquerta] ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long. The
more common way that you will find them sitting and hunting on Browning Wall. It
appears to be eating the Red Soft Coral?
Lemon Dorid [Peltodoris nobilis] ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] tall in this image.

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Sea Anemones ( Cnidarians )

Red Soft Coral and Blood Star cnidarian  - Browning Wall Browning Passage Port Hardy - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Crimson Anemone
Red Soft Coral ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide and a Blood Star to its lower right.
[Oct 4, 2008]
Crimson Anemone ~ 14 inches [35 cm] wide. Quite common at this dive site.
[Oct 4, 2008]
Painted Anemone
A view of the wall covered in Plumose Anemones
Painted Anemone ~ 14 inches [35 cm] wide. [Oct 4, 2008] A view of the wall covered in Short Plumose Anemones. Each roughly 6 to 8 inches
[15 cm to 20 cm] tall. [Oct 4, 2008]
A group of Plumose Anemones
Red Soft Coral
A group of Plumose Anemones ~ 20 inches [50 cm] for the tallest one. For more
information on anemones check out this link to Wikipedia. [Oct 4, 2008]
Red Soft Coral ~ 10 inches [25 cm] wide. [Oct 4, 2008]
Red Soft Coral
Red Soft Coral and Sea Spiders
Red Soft Coral ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide. [Oct 4, 2008] Red Soft Coral no longer in the feeding mode, and note the several Yellow Sea
Spiders near the ends of the soft coral polyps. [Oct 4, 2008]
Red Soft Coral and yellow sponge
White Spotted Rose Anemone cnidarian  - Browning Wall Browning Passage Port Hardy - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
A small starter colony of Red Soft Coral sitting near Sulphur Sponge, and also
beside some, perhaps, Sea Pork Tunicates. [Oct 4, 2008]
White Spotted Rose Anemone ~ 12 inches [30 cm] tall. It looks like it must have
caught something and is digesting what ever it has caught. [Oct 4, 2008]
Click on this link for a widescreen version of this photograph.
Green Anemone and some Pink Tipped Anemones - Browning Wall Browning Passage Port Hardy - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Green Anemones
Green Anemone and some Pink Tipped Anemones. ~ the large anemone here is
about 10 inches [25 cm] wide.
Green Anemones ~ 9 inches [22.5 cm] wide. Common in the shallows here at
Browning Wall.
Pink Tipped Anemones - Browning Wall Browning Passage Port Hardy - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada

Pink Tipped Anemones ~ 2 inches [5 cm] wide for the largest ones. Common in
the shallows here at Browning Wall.


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 Sea Cucumbers & Starfish ( Echinoderms )

Basket Star
Basket Star
Basket Star ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide. [Oct 4, 2008] Basked Star ~ 30 inches [75 cm] wide. [Oct 4, 2008]
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Basket Starfish echinoderm  - Browning Wall Browning Passage Port Hardy - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Leather Star
Basket Star ~ 3 feet [90 cm] wide. [Oct 4, 2008] Leather Star ~ 16 inches [40 cm] wide. [Oct 4, 2008]
Painted Star
Vermilion Star and a small hermit crab
Painted Star ~ 14 inches [35 cm] wide. [Oct 4, 2008] Vermilion Star ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide. Not the small hermit crab on the tip of its
most left top arm. [Oct 4, 2008]
Striped Sun Star
Red Sea Urchin
Striped Sunstar ~ 2 feet [60 cm] long. Given its size this is actually a juvenile. They
reach up to almost 3 feet [90 cm] in width. [Oct 4, 2008]
Red Sea Urchin ~ 10 inches [25 cm] wide. [Oct 4, 2008]
Blood Starfish Blood Starfish and Hermit Crab
Blood Starfish ~ 8 inches [20 cm] tall. Next to some sponge and some young white
anemones. Note how orange in color this one is and how red the one is in the next
digital image.
Blood Starfish ~ 8 inches [20 cm] tall. And a small hermit crab hanging off of the
same sponge.
Sea Cucumber at Browning Wall
Striped Sun Starfish echinoderm  - Browning Wall Browning Passage Port Hardy - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Sea Cucumber ~ 2 feet [60 cm] long. Quite common at this dive site.
Striped Sunstar ~ 18 inches [45 cm] wide. This one was a beautiful shade of
orange in colour.

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Sponges

Glove Sponge - Browning Wall Browning Passage Port Hardy - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada
Hermit Crab Sponge
Glove Sponge ~ 16 inches [40 cm] tall. [Oct 4, 2008] Hermit Crab Sponge ~ 10 inches [25 cm] wide. [Oct 4, 2008]
Sulphur Sponge
Sulphur Sponge on Browning Wall
Sulphur Sponge and a Painted [?] Anemone ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide.
[Oct 4, 2008]
Sulphur Sponge on Browning Wall. This mass is about 2 feet [60 cm] tall.
Sponge
Sponge and Bushy Pink Mouth Hydroids
Glove Sponge ~ 10 inches [25 cm] tall. Common at Browning Wall.
Sulphur Sponge around a Giant Acorn Barnacle and below it some Bushy Pink
Mouth Hydroids.


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Tunicates

Mauve Lobed Tunicates
Orange Social Ascidians
Mauve Lobed Tunicates ~ 16 inches [40 cm] wide. [Oct 4, 2008] Orange Social Ascidians - this vein of orange is approximately 2 feet [60 cm] long.
[Oct 4, 2008]
Orange Social Ascidians and a Sea Cucumber
Colonital Ascidians and Sponge
Orange Social Ascidians and a Sea Cucumber ~ 2 feet [60 cm] long. The branch
like stuff above them and to the right is acutally an animal as well. These are actually,
or likely to be, Coarse Sea Fir Hydroids. [Oct 4, 2008]
Mauve Lobed Tunicates and some Sulphur Sponge surrounded by Short Plumose
Anemones. [Oct 4, 2008]
Stalked Tunicate
Stalked Tunicate on a bed of ascidians
Stalked Tunicate ~ 6 inches [15 cm] long. [Oct 4, 2008] Stalked Tunicate ~ 6 inches [15 cm] long. With a back ground of Orange Social
Ascidians [tunicates]. [Oct 4, 2008]
Orange Social Ascidians tunicates  - Browning Wall Browning Passage Port Hardy - scuba diving site vancouver island british columbia canada

Orange Social Ascidians ~ 1/2 inche [1.25 cm] wide. This digital photograph just
looked too good not to post.


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