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Scuba Diving Pictures from Northeast Pearse near Telegraph Cove, B.C. Canada
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 - 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. 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: 8.5/10
Parking: not applicable
Bathroom/Washroom/Toilet: not applicable
Boat ramp: closest would be Telegraph Cove
Ease of entry:  [Wheel chair access: No]
Abundance of life: 9/10 and dominated by short plumose anemones as are most walls.
Accommodations:  There are several places in Port McNeil or Telegraph Cove that you could find lodging at. Including Inns, Motels and Campgrounds.
Attractions: A large variety of life here due to the current.
Bottom and depth: I did not notice a bottom, but did descend to around 60 feet [
Facilities:  closest would be Telegraph Cove
Hazards/Obstacles: current is really the only hazard here.
Sensitivity to tide/current: Definitely need to dive this as slack current.
Terrain: This was a solid rock wall that really was part of the island we were beside.
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

Terry the Scuba Diver and his camera diving near Port Hardy on Vancouver Island
A picture of a scuba diver - me : ) [Terry] taken by Jacqui E [2008].


Giant Acorn Barnacles

A group of Giant Acorn Barnacles. Size of group: ~ 14 inches [35 cm] (Oct 5, 2008)

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Red Irish Lord - a sculpin
Scalyhead Sculpin
A large Red Irish Lord - a large member of the sculpin family. Size: ~ 14 inches
[35 cm]. They can be very easy to miss, and I have other photos where I was taking
a photograph of something else and did not realize there was an Red Irish Lord
right beside what I was photographing. (Oct 5, 2008)
A Scalyhead Sculpin. Sitting no what appears to be some colony of tunicates, and
on top of some Bushy Pink-Mouthed Hydroids. This dive site had more of these
fish then I've ever seen before. But at Bob's Spot I even saw more of them. I've
included a few more pictures than usual of this species for this dive site. Since I
really like these fish, and have hardly any other types of fish for this site at this time.
(Oct 5, 2008)
Scalyhead Sculpin
Scalyhead Sculpin
Another Scalyhead Sculpin. Note the Pink Encrusting Algae, baby chiton, Red Soft
Coral, and Crimson Anemone in this photo. Some type of sponge is also in the back
ground of this image. (Oct 5, 2008)
A great shot of a Scalyhead Sculpin. It is resting above some Bushy Pink-Mouthed
Hydroids and below some Short Plumose Anemones. (Oct 5, 2008)
Scalyhead Sculpin
Scalyhead Sculpin
A Scalyhead Sculpin above a Blood Star. Size: ~ 4 inches [10 cm] long.
(Oct 5, 2008)
A Scalyhead Sculpin resting among some non-feeding Red Soft Corals.
(Oct 5, 2008)
Scalyhead Sculpin

A Scalyhead Sculpin. Note the large Rough Key-Hole Limpet below it. And the
Red Soft Corals around it. (Oct 5, 2008)

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Limpet - which is similar to snails
A Rock Scallop with Anemones sitting on it
Possibly a Rough Keyhole Limpet. Size ~ 3 inches [7.5 cm]. These are similar to
snails and nudibranchs. I have just chosen to separate nudibranchs and snails, and
cephalopods, from the Mollusk images because of the other animals popularity.
(Oct 5, 2008)
A large Rock Scallop surrounded by Short Plumose Anemones and also sitting on
top of it. Note that one of the Short Plumose Anemones is orange. A variant of the
white animal or perhaps another species? I don't know. Also note on the bottom
of the Rock Scallop what appears to be a Mossy Chiton. A young Giant Acorn
Barnacle is growing on top it and so are two groups of Bushy Pink-Mouthed
Hydroids. (Oct 5, 2008)

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Nudibranchs [or Sea Slugs] & Snails

Orange Peel Nudibranch
Orange Peel Nudibranch and some sponge
One of my favourite animals, the Orange Peel Nudibranch. This one was about
ten inches [25 cm] long. Above it are some Short Plumose Anemones. For a side
profile of an Orange Peel Nudibranch check out the page for Browning Wall.
(Oct 5, 2008)
An Orange Peel Nudibranch approaching a Peach Ball Sponge, and a small growth
of a brown sponge of some kind. Does not appear in my copy of "Marine Life of
the Pacific Northwest" by Lamb and Hanby. Sive of the ball sponge: ~ 5 inches
[12.5 cm]. (Oct 5, 2008)

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Sea Anemones ( Cnidarians )

Crimson and Painted Anemone, Red Soft Coral
Snakelock Anemone or Crimson Anemone
Crimson Anemone, Red Soft Coral and a Painted Anemone. (Oct 5, 2008) Crimson Anemone and three Calcareous Tube Worms. They are the flower-like
animals on the far left. Two are just below the Green Sea Urchin. (Oct 5, 2008)
Crimson Anemone
Crimons Anemone, Red Soft Coral, and an Green Sea Urchin
Three Crimson Anemones and a few Red Soft Corals. There also appears to be
some orange Velvety Red Sponge in the middle of the photograph. (Oct 5, 2008)
A couple of Crimson Anemones, a Red Soft Coral, and a few Short Plumose
Anemones. And three Green Sea Urchins. Size of the Crimson Anemones:
~ 6 inches [15 cm] across. (Oct 5, 2008)
Anemones and Red Soft Coral
orange Short Plumose Anemone
Four Crimson Anemones, some Red Soft Coral, a few Giant Acorn Barnacles,
and what appears to be some type of orange Compound Tunicates or Social
Ascidians. (Oct 5, 2008)
A couple of Short Plumose Anemones. I've started to think the orange would could
be a juvenile Giant Plumose Anemone which are ofter orange in colour. Also note
the Bushy Pink-Mouthed Hydroids. (Oct 5, 2008)
Red Soft Coral
Red Soft Coral
Red Soft Coral in its feeding mode. With its tentacles out waiting to capture food.
(Oct 5, 2008)
Red Soft Coral in its non-feeding / protective mode. At first I thought this was some
odd type of sponge untill I found examples of thse in both states on the same animal.
Note the Calcareous Tube Worm at the top right of the image. Size of the coral
mass: ~ 14 inches [35 cm] long. (Oct 5, 2008)
Lesser known Orange Soft Coral
Short Plumose Anemones
The lesser known Orange Soft Coral, which according to one of my books is not
normally found this far north. Size: ~ 10 inches [25 cm] across or in this case tall.
(Oct 5, 2008)
Several Short Plumose Anemones. This was the most common animal at this dive
site. And I suspect the Giant Plumose Anemones are less common here because of
the currents through this area. (Oct 5, 2008)

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 Sea Cucumbers & Starfish ( Echinoderms )

Basket Star
Blood Star
Basket Star. Until my trip to the north end of Vancouver Island I have had no
photographs of Basket Stars. And in fact I have not seen them any where else.
But that is mostly because I have not done many boat dives in the south as they
are for the most part out of my budget. Size: ~ 20 inches [50 cm] across.
(Oct 5, 2008)
Blood Star surrounded by Short Plumose Anemones. Size of the Blood Star: ~
10 inches [25 cm] across. (Oct 5, 2008)
Blood Star and Blue Lined Chiton
Green Sea Urchins
Blood Star travelling around Short Plumose Anemones. Note the Blue Lined Chiton
just below the Blood Star. Size of the Blood Star: ~ 12 inches [30 cm] across.
(Oct 5, 2008)
A group of Green Sea Urchins. From this image you'd think there was a huge
group of them covering the area, but that was not the case. These ones were the
only group I saw. The others were mostly by them selves, and there were not that
many at this dive site. Size: ~ 4 inches [10 cm] across. (Oct 5, 2008)
Green Sea Urchin
Red Sea Urchin
Green Sea Urchin roaming around the Short Plumose Anemones. Also a Blue Lined
Chiton closer to the top right of this image. Size of the urchin: ~ 5 inches [12.5 cm]
(Oct 5, 2008)
There were a few Red Sea Urchins at this site. Size: ~ 12 inches [30 cm] across the
spines. If you click on this thumbnail image and examine the urchin more closely you
will be able to see its little red tube-arms that it can use to gather food, and
manipulate small objects. (Oct 5, 2008)

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Yellow Boring Sponge on a dead Rock Scallop
Yellow Boring Sponge on the remaining half of a dead Rock Scallop shell.
(Oct 5, 2008)
Not sure what kind of sponge this is. Note the Red Soft Corals in the center of this
sponge. And another Red Soft Coral to the lower right of the mass of sponge.
(Oct 5, 2008)
Velvety Red Sponge
Sponge of some kind
A large patch of Velvety Red Sponge. Size: 2 feet [60 cm] across. (Oct 5, 2008) Some kind of sponge on a Rock Scallop. I was surprised when I was examining
this photograph at my computer and then notices the Buffalo Sculpin that was also
entirely included in the image, just right of the rock scallop. (Oct 5, 2008)

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Orange Sea Squirt

A large Orange Sea Squirt. Size: ~ 4 inches [10 cm] wide. Note above it the small,
what appears to be, Three-Lined Nudibranch. These nudibranchs were common at
this dive site. And appear in a few of the photographs. (Oct 5, 2008)

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

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