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Scuba Diving Pictures from Maplebay east of Duncan, B.C. Canada
These are medium quality jpegs. But I have the RAW images as well.
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Directions to the Dive Site are located at the bottom of the page.
Note: This page is under construction , 2009
Number of dives I've done at this scuba diving site: 4
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

Rating for this dive site: 6/10 due to its consistent poor water quality in the first 3 separate days of diving.
Parking: Space for 3-4 cars in first parking lot, but there is a bigger parking lot about 200 feet further up the road.
Bathroom/Washroom/Toilet: Not really.
Boat ramp: Yes at the second parking lot.
Ease of entry:  [Wheel chair access: Yes] Easy access and short distance to water. Second parking lot can use boat ramp for wheel chairs.
Abundance of life: 7/10
Accommodations:
Attractions:
Bottom and depth: Rock structure about 30 feet [10 m] to the right of the dock, and further out straigth from the dock. To the right the depth is
about 30 feet [10 m] deep. But the rock structure that is further and straight out, peaks at about 60 feet [20 m] deep.
Facilities: Restaurant beside parking lot.
Hazards/Obstacles: Boat traffic has been light, but it exists here.
Sensitivity to tide/current:
Terrain: The bottom covers everything as it is rocky & sandy, and there is some solid rock further and straight out from dock.
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. The algae are 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

Cephalopods

Pacific Giant Octopus - juvenile peeking out from rock
PGO Pacific Giant Octopus
Pacific Giant Octopus [Enteroctopus dolfeini] - juvenile ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] tall.
Pacific Giant Octopus [Enteroctopus dolfeini] ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide.
PGO Pacific Giant Octopus - cephalopod
Debris field of dead crab parts in front of Octopus den
Pacific Giant Octopus [Enteroctopus dolfeini] ~ 10 inches [25 cm] wide in this
 digital image. Sometimes its hard to believe these animals are catergorized under
 mollusks. For more on Cephalopods check out this link on them in Wikipedia.
This is how you know you are near an Octopus den. Just look for a larger number
of dead crabs that also appear to be broken up. If the crustacean shell is intact then
the crab has just probably molted and not been killed by an octopus.


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Crustaceans

Decorator Crabs
Decorator Crabs
Decorator Crabs
Decorator Crabs
Moss Crab
Kelp Crab
Moss Crab
Kelp Crab
Redrock Crab

Redrock Crab [Cancer productus] ~ 8 inches [20 cm] wide.
Quite common at this scuba diving site.


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Fish

BlackEyed Goby - a fish
C-Sole fish
Black Eyed Goby ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] long.
C-Sole ~ 10 inches [25 cm] long.
Long Spined Sculpin fish
Pacific Sanddab - fish
Long Spined Sculpin ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long. This is only the second time that I
have run into this species in over 300 dives. The other location was Neck Point in
Nanaimo. But here at Maple Bay I actually spotted 3 of them.

Pacific Staghorn fish
Pacific Staghorn fish
Pacific Staghorn [Leptocottus armatus] ~ 14 inches [35 cm] long. These fish were
 common here but I only spotted them as it became a night dive.
Pacific Staghorn [Leptocottus armatus] - often they are partially hidden in the sand
 like this.
Rockfish
Scalyhead Sculpin fish
Rockfish ~ 8 inches [20 cm] long.
Scalyhead Sculpin [Artedius harringtoni] ~ 6 inches [15 cm] long.
Sculpin fish
Roughback Sculpin fish
Sculpin
Roughback Sculpin
Smooth Alligator fish
White Spotted Fish
Smooth Alligator fish
White Spotted fish

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Mollusks

Moon Snail egg case collar
Geoduck Clam and young Swimming Anemone
Moonsnail Egg Collar or Case ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide.
Geoduck Clam siphon ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] and a young Swimming Anemone.
Geoduck Clam
Pacific Rock Oysters
Geoduck Clam ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm] tall. It was sticking out about 12 inches when
I first approached it but they retract back into the sand quite quickly to protect
themselves.
Pacific Rock Oysters ~ 2 inches [5 cm] in diameter.
Rock Scallop - mollusk




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Nudibranchs [or Sea Slugs] & Snails

Giant Dendronotid - nudibranch
Giant Dendronotid - nudibranch - odd colour
Giant Dendronotid [Dendronotus iris] ~ 10 inches [25 cm] long. These nudibranchs
 were quite common at this scuba diving site. This is not their normal colour.
Giant Dendronotid [Dendronotus iris] ~ 8 inches [20 cm] long. These nudibranchs
 were quite common at this scuba diving site. This color is not their normal one.
See the next digital image for their normal colouring.
Giant Dendronotid about to bite Tube Dwelling Anemone
Gold Dirona - nudibranch
Giant Dendronotid ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long. This is the normal color of these
nudibranchs. This one is about to bite the Tube Dwelling Anemone in front of it.
And I thought I was taking video after this digitial still image, but afterwards I was
shocked to discover I had not pushed the start button for video. Doh. :(
Gold Dirona ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] long. I ran into this nudibranch on the poles of the
floating government dock here in Maple Bay.
Striped Nudibranch aka Armina
White Lined Dirona - nudibranch
Striped Nudibranch or California Armina ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] long. Until this year
 I had never spotted one of these animals, but in the spring I ran into over ten of
them at Neck Point in Nanaimo.
White Lined Dirona ~ 2 inches [5 cm] long.
Yellow Margin Dorid - nudibranch




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Sea Anemones & Jellyfish ( Cnidarians )

Jelly Dwelling Anemone
Jellyfish
The animal on the left is a Jelly Dwelling Anemone ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] wide. This
is the only one I have ever seen or at least noticed.
Jellyfish ~ 12 inches [30 cm] long with the tentacles
Giant Plumose Anemones
Plumose Anemones - cnidarians
Plumose Anemones ~ 2 feet [60 cm] tall for the largest one.
Plumose Anemones ~ 6 inches [15 cm] tall for the largest one.
White Anemone - cnidarian

White Anemone ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] tall.


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 Sea Cucumbers & Starfish ( Echinoderms )

Brittle Starfish beside a Geoduck Clam
Leather Starfish
Brittle Stars beside a Geoduck Clam. ~ 4 inches [10 cm] wide. There were
literally hundreds of brittle starfish in the area.

Morning Starfish
Mottled Starfish
Morning Star ~ 14 inches [35 cm] wide.
Mottled Star
Mottled Starfish
Purple Starfish
Mottled Star
Purple Star ~ 12 inches [30 cm] wide. Just under the dock at Maple Bay.
Rose Starfish
Sea Cucumber echinoderm
Rose Star ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide.
Sea Cucumber ~ 18 inches [45 cm] long.
Spiny Pink Star adult echinoderm
Spiny Pink Starfish echinoderm
Spiny Pink Star ~ 3 feet [1 m] wide.
Spiny Pink Star ~ 14 inches [35 cm] wide.
Striped Sun Starfish echinoderm
Striped Sunstar juvenile
Striped Sun Star
Striped Sun Star
Sunflower Starfish
Sunflower Starfish juvenile
Sunflower Star ~ 2.5 feet [75 cm] wide. These starfish were quite common at this
scuba diving site.
Sunflower Star ~ 6 inches [15 cm] wide. Not that this is a juvenile and note that it
does not yet have the normal orange colouration of an adult.
White Sea Urchin - echinoderm

White Sea Urchin ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm] wide.


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Sponges

Orange Finger Sponge

Orange Finger Sponge ~ 10 inches [25 cm] tall. Very common at this scuba diving
site.



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Tunicates







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Worms






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Miscellaneous






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