Red Irish Lord
       
     
Stellar Sea lion
       
     
Red Gooseneck Barnacles
       
     
The Eye
       
     
Opalesent Nudibranch
       
     
Boom Boat
       
     
Dancing with the devil
       
     
Strawberry Anemones
       
     
Grunt Sculpin
       
     
Wolf eel
       
     
Lightly Fired Egg
       
     
Glass Sponge Garden
       
     
Living shell
       
     
Write you own story
       
     
Big Skate
       
     
Fitting In
       
     
Basket weaving
       
     
Baby it's cloudy down here
       
     
Nice to meet you
       
     
Always playing
       
     
Leather star
       
     
Ghostly presents
       
     
Long nose Skate
       
     
Opelecent Nudibranch
       
     
HMCS Cape Breton
       
     
Soft Poached
       
     
Wall of Life
       
     
Technocolour Squid
       
     
Air and water
       
     
HMCS Saskatchewan
       
     
May Island Ferry
       
     
Longfin Sculpin
       
     
Say Awe!
       
     
Hooded Nudibranch
       
     
Lunch
       
     
All smiles
       
     
Nose to nose
       
     
Staring in to the stars
       
     
Light and life
       
     
Candy Stripe Shrimp
       
     
Giant Pacific Octopus
       
     
Dog Pile
       
     
Starry Skate
       
     
Rockstar Hair
       
     
Fire in your eyes
       
     
Red Irish Lord
       
     
Red Irish Lord

A large Red Irish Lord resting on Yellow Sponge. Browning Wall, Port Hardy British Columbia. 

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Stellar Sea lion
       
     
Stellar Sea lion

Inquisitive sub-adult male Stellar Sea lion. Helicopter Rock, near Race Rocks British Columbia 

Red Gooseneck Barnacles
       
     
Red Gooseneck Barnacles

Brilliantly coloured Red Gooseneck Barnacles that inhabit Tremble Island in Nakwakto Rapids. Slingsby Channel British Columbia.

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The Eye
       
     
The Eye

The stare of a Giant Pacific Octopus.

Opalesent Nudibranch
       
     
Opalesent Nudibranch

One of the most colourful sea slugs found in the Pacific Northwest. Deep Cove, Saanich British Columbia. 

Boom Boat
       
     
Boom Boat

This little boat must have had a storied past but now rests on the bottom of Alberni Inlet creating a home a variety of sea life. Port Alberni, British Columbia.

Dancing with the devil
       
     
Dancing with the devil

An old term for Giant Pacific Octopus was devil fish. This this octo was far from a devil. We spent the better part of an hour dancing with this inquisitive little guy. Blueback Bay, Nanoose British Columbia.

Strawberry Anemones
       
     
Strawberry Anemones

Large clusters of Strawberry Anemones carpet the sea floor all around Quadra Island, giving the sea scape a vibrant pink hue. Steep Island, British Columbia.

Grunt Sculpin
       
     
Grunt Sculpin

Peering out from behind some pink soft coral is one of the more exotic members of the Sculpin family living in the Pacific Northwest. Browning Wall, Port Hardy British Columbia. 

Wolf eel
       
     
Wolf eel

This juvenile Wolf eel hidden among the rocky wall at Madrona Point checking out who is swimming past. Parksville British Columbia.

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Lightly Fired Egg
       
     
Lightly Fired Egg

Back lit by the morning sun a large Fried Egg Jelly floats through the emerald water of the inlet. Mackenzie Byte, Saanich Inlet British Columbia.

Glass Sponge Garden
       
     
Glass Sponge Garden

Swimming through the pillowy garden filled with ancient glass sponges. Sananus Island, Saanich British Columbia. 

Living shell
       
     
Living shell

A Long-nosed Decorator Crag acts as a host for a variety of colourful organisms. Giving the crab camouflage on the reef and a home for the hangers on. Snowball, Browning Wall British Columbia.

Write you own story
       
     
Write you own story

Orange Sea pens dance in the current collecting microscopic food. Clover Point, Victoria British Columbia. 

Big Skate
       
     
Big Skate

Effortlessly gliding along the sand, this adult Big Skate the largest skate found in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Albert Head, British Columbia.

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Fitting In
       
     
Fitting In

This tiny decorator crab hides among the pink soft coral polyps. Mini Wall, Browning Pass British Columbia. 

Basket weaving
       
     
Basket weaving

One of the many Basketstars that inhabit the turbulent water around Race Rocks. West Race Island, Race Rock British Columbia.

Baby it's cloudy down here
       
     
Baby it's cloudy down here

Cloud Sponge garden inhabiting the pinnacle just off of Christmas Point in Saanich Inlet.

Nice to meet you
       
     
Nice to meet you

A large Giant Pacific Octopus out for a stroll. Baeria Rocks Ecological Reserve, British Columbia.

Always playing
       
     
Always playing

A sub adult male Stellar Sea lion dive bombing in the shallow water around Race Rocks. Helicopter Island, Race Rocks British Columbia.

 

Leather star
       
     
Leather star

Many of the colourful inhabitants, including a Leather star and Plumose Anemones cover the wall of Race Rocks. West Race Island, Race Rocks British Columbia.

Ghostly presents
       
     
Ghostly presents

One of the most unique shark species in the Pacific Northwest, a Ratfish. Their beautiful reflective bodies make for wonderful creatures to photograph. Tyler Rock, Barkley Sound British Columbia.

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Long nose Skate
       
     
Long nose Skate

Resting on the sand in deep water, this unique and rarely seen skate species was a totally amazing encounter. Deep Cove, Saanich British Columbia.

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Opelecent Nudibranch
       
     
Opelecent Nudibranch

This is one of the most common species of nudibranch found in the Pacific Northwest. Snowball, Browning Pass, British Columbia. 

HMCS Cape Breton
       
     
HMCS Cape Breton

This massive artificial reef is home to hundreds of marine inhabitants. Sunk on October 20, 2001 coming to rest upright with its keel at 140ft. (42m) and its deck at 70ft (21m). Just off of Snake Island, Nanaimo British Columbia. 

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Soft Poached
       
     
Soft Poached

A large Fried-egg Jelly pulses though the illumated green water in search of food. Henderson Point, Saanich British Columbia.

Wall of Life
       
     
Wall of Life

An image is worth a thousand lives. The living embodiment of what exists on Browning Wall. From waters edge to the deepest depths. Life explodes on this wall. Browning Pass British Columbia.

Technocolour Squid
       
     
Technocolour Squid

These little Opalescent Squid are a joy to find during a night dive. Most no bigger than a thumb tack, more colourful an a kaleidoscope. Ogden Point, Victoria British Columbia. 

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Air and water
       
     
Air and water

Leaving the rugged coast, descending down a sheer cliff covered in life. This is only the beginning of the adventure. Banana Tree, Browning Pass British Columbia.

HMCS Saskatchewan
       
     
HMCS Saskatchewan

May the guns be silent and provide life for the next. This artificial reef sits within a few hundred feet of the HMCS Cape Bretton. Sunk in June of 1997, she rest in about 100ft (33m) just off of Snake Island near Nanaimo British Columbia.

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May Island Ferry
       
     
May Island Ferry

Swimming between the keel and the large prop, this sallow ferry wreck is home to many marine inhabitants. May Island British Columbia. 

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Longfin Sculpin
       
     
Longfin Sculpin

This very colourful little fish inhabits shallow reefs and rocks all along the coast. West Bedford Island British Columbia.

Say Awe!
       
     
Say Awe!

A large bull male Stellar Sea lion saying hello as we approach his island and his territory. Jimmy John Island British Columbia.

Hooded Nudibranch
       
     
Hooded Nudibranch

These Hooded Nudibranch congrage to breed and feed ever fall in the same location every year. Husser Bay, Browning Pass British Columbia.

Lunch
       
     
Lunch

Two large Painted Anemones sharing a meal of Lions mane Jelly. Raza Island British Columbia.

All smiles
       
     
All smiles

A large Sixgill Shark, swims effortlessly around me as I gleefully snap pics of these rare deep water sharks. Mackenzie Byte Saanich British Columbia.

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Nose to nose
       
     
Nose to nose

Nothing better then a young Stellar Sea lion with its nose on your port. Helicopter Rock, Race Rocks British Columbia.

Staring in to the stars
       
     
Staring in to the stars

The ornate colouration and green pigments in the eye of an adult Red Irish Lord. Tyee Bay, Nanoose British Columbia.

Light and life
       
     
Light and life

The pure joy of swimming through a sun light kelp forest is a magical experience. Cadboro Bay, Victoria British Columbia. 

Candy Stripe Shrimp
       
     
Candy Stripe Shrimp

One of the more highly sought after shrimp species to photograph in the Pacific Northwest due to their brilliant colouration. Ogden Point, Victoria British Columbia.

Giant Pacific Octopus
       
     
Giant Pacific Octopus

Intelligent, cunning, and emotional. These giants of the ocean can grow up to 15ft (3m) in only 5 year. Steep Island British Columbia.

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Dog Pile
       
     
Dog Pile

The playful antics of juvenile Stellar Sea lions. So much fun! South Race, Race Rocks British Columbia.

Starry Skate
       
     
Starry Skate

A typical deep water spices. These skate inhabit the coast regions from Alaska to California. Helby Island, Barkley Sound British Columbia.

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Rockstar Hair
       
     
Rockstar Hair

Mosshead Warbonnets are small elongated fish that live in the shallow depth up and down the coast. North Pender Island British Columbia.

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Fire in your eyes
       
     
Fire in your eyes

The face and fire of a Painfin Midshipman. The unique marine fish that sings for its mate.