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Scuba Diving Pictures from Saltery Bay near Powell River, B.C. Canada
These are medium quality jpegs. But I have the RAW images as well.
Directions to this dive site can be found at the bottom of this page.
Type of dive: shore dive / boat dive
Rating for this dive site: 7/10 as could use more variety of life, but water is usually clear and a safe dive location
Parking: 7/10 near the Mermaid, and 10/10 at boat launch
Bathroom/Washroom/Toilet: Portable toilet near parking lot
Boat ramp: yes at the main parking lot for fishing boats
Ease of entry: 9/10  [Wheel chair access: At the Mermaid the best wheel chair access I have ever seen, boat launch area can be used by wheel chairs]
Abundance of life: 7/10
Attractions: clear water for the times I've been here,
Chimaera in the shallows - best seen at night
Accommodations:  There are several places in Powell River that you could find lodging at. Including Inns, Motels and Bed & Breakfasts.
Bottom and depth: lots of solid rock at Mermaid, with mixed rock mostly sand near the boat launch.
Facilities: washrooms
Hazards/Obstacles: some boat traffic
Sensitivity to tide/current: curent and tide do not seem to be an issue here
Terrain: mostly sandy with some rock and odd boulder near boat launch, solid rock near the mermaid
Tides, transportation and weather: Fisheries and Oceans Canada Tide Page., BC Ferries Schedule and Sailings. , The Weather Network

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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 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.

Saltery Bay Boat Launch Parking Lot
Boat Ramp
The main parking lot and boat launch for Saltery Bay. This is actually the 2nd
entrance when you arrive via the ferry. The first entry into Saltery Bay actually takes
you to the overnight camping and Mermaid access.
The main place to dive here is unfortuneately straight down from the boat launch.
If you follow it out, or take the buoy down, it puts you near a series of small and
large boulders.
Emergency Parking Mermaid
Wheel Chair Ramp
The other end of Saltery Bay and the Mermaid - one emergency vehicle
 - parking lot. Across from this parking lot are showers for divers, and an
One of the few places that I know that has a real wheel chair access for divers.
The Mermaid is just past the point on the left. See the next image for where the
buoy is. About a 5 minute swim out from the wheel chair ramp.

Panoramic view of where the Mermaid is located. The red cirlce indicates the buoy that brings you within 30 feet of her. Click on the image for a larger picture.
Panorama of Mermaid site

Me and the Mermaid. She's looking a little rough due to the Calcareous Tube Worms making tubes on her.
Me and the Mermaid


Giant Pacific Octopus
Pacific Giant Octopus. (October 8, 2006)
I did not try, and it did not volunteer to come out of its den for a better photograph.


Black Eyed Hermit Crab
Blackeyed Hermit Crab (October 8, 2006) Prawn (October 7, 2006)
Puget Sound King Crab
Puget Sound King Crab
Puget Sound King Crab (October 8, 2006) Puget Sound King Crab (October 8, 2006)
Puget Sound King Crab face

Puget Sound King Crab (October 8, 2006)
The teeth on these animals are oriented vertically. And consist of just two big teeth.
Shaped almost like the large wire cutters. Not the kind that look like scissors, but
instead like the kind that close like tongs.

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Longfin Sculpin
Chimaera [aka Ratfish] (October 7, 2006)
This photo can be found on the marine-life calendar 2009 for Fishes of the Pacific
. North America 2009 Calendar v01
Longfin Sculpin near some Yellow Boring Sponge (October 8, 2006)
Ling Cod
Northern Ronquil
Ling Cod (October 8, 2006) Northern Ronquil (October 8, 2006)
Northern Ronquil
Painted Greenling
Northern Ronquil  (October 8, 2006) Painted Greenling (October 8, 2006)
Quillback Rockfish
Quillback Rockfish
Quillback Rockfish (October 8, 2006) Quillback Rockfish (October 8, 2006)
Quillback Rockfish
Yelloweye Rockfish
Quillback Rockfish (October 8, 2006)
These fish are fairly easy to photograph as unlike many fish they seem to be almost
curious about divers.
Yelloweye Rockfish (October 8, 2006)
This image can be found on the ocean-life calendar 2009 for Fishes of the Pacific
. North America 2009 Calendar v01
Yelloweye Rockfish

Yelloweye Rockfish (October 8, 2006)

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Nudibranchs (or Sea Slugs)  and Snails

Moon Snail
Sea Lemon
Moon Snail (October 8, 2006) Sea Lemon [?] (October 8, 2006)

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Sea Anemones ( Cnidarians )

Giant Plumose Anemones
Crimson Anemone
Giant Plumose Anemones (October 8, 2006) Crimson Anemone (October 8, 2006)
Giant Plumose Anemone
Giant Plumose Anemone
Giant Plumose Anemones and a Vermilion Star (October 8, 2006) Giant Plumose Anemones (October 8, 2006)
Tube Dwelling Anemone

Tube Dwelling Anemones (October 8, 2006)

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  Sea Cucumbers & Starfish ( Echinoderms )

Rose Star
Cushion Star
Rose Star (October 8, 2006) Cushion Star (October 8, 2006)
Long Ray Star
Painted star
Long Ray Star (October 8, 2006) Painted Star (October 8, 2006)
Painted Star and Tube Dwelling Anemone
Sea Cucumber
Painted Star & Tube Dwelling Anemone (October 8, 2006) Sea Cucumber (October 8, 2006)
Spiny Mud Star
Spiny Pink Star
Spiny Mud Star (October 8, 2006) Spiny Pink Star (October 8, 2006)
Swimming Anemone
Swimming Anemone
Swimming Anemone (October 8, 2006)
This photo also appears on the ocean-life calendar 2009 for Underwater Life of the
Pacific Northwest
. North America 2009 Calendar v03
Swimming Anemone (October 8, 2006)
Juvenile Sunflower Star
Vermilion Star
Juvenile Sunflower Star (October 8, 2006) Vermilion Star (October 8, 2006)
Vermilion Star

Vermilion Star - seems to be bloated with food (October 8, 2006)

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Flaccid Sponge (October 8, 2006) Gnarled Finger Sponge [?] (October 8, 2006)

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Stalked Tunicate
Pacific Sea Peach
Stalked Tunicate (October 8, 2006) Pacific Sea Peach [Squirt aka Tunicate] (October 8, 2006)

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Orange Sea Pen
Sea Whip
Orange Sea Pen (October 8, 2006)
Sea Whip (October 8, 2006)

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