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Whiskey Cove, BelcarraGo to Slide Show

The first dive in a long long time.


Brendon

It's been about a year and a half since my last dive (Vancouver Island) and I was looking forward to getting back in the water.  Brendon suggested a dive and after a little web searching we found this dive site in Belcarra - a beach past Port Coquitlam.

Whiskey Cove, Belcarra

Crabs


The dive (we went north - right in the above picture) was at the bottom of a cliff wall with lots of crabs.  Until I started taking pictures I didn't realize that so many species were represented.  The crabs are about legal size - large enough for lunch.  The crab in the top left is a Dungeness Crab - the most common food crab we see.  The top right and bottom left are red crabs - also plentiful.  The bottom right might be a Shield-backed Kelp Crab - I've seen them on the dinner plate at some nice Chinese Restaurants.

Dungeness CrabOne Arm Red Crab

Red CrabKelp Crab

Sea Stars


While not as exciting as the crabs, the most common thing on the bottom is the sea stars.   The biggest are the Sunflower Stars.  They move pretty quickly - apparently they are predators.

Sunflower StarSunflower Star

Troschel's Sea StarStars on Rock

Anemones


Other than fish (which were moving to fast for me to photograph well) the last cool thing was the Anemones.  Somewhat like plants (stationary) they are filter feeders that pull their delicate bits in when a predator (or a miss placed fin) approaches.

Anemone and CrabClosed AnemoneNudibranch

Overall, this dive site was pretty boring but a good training dive.  For our second dive we went left (south) but it was really the same thing.  By this point the desiccant in my camera bag had given out so there were no photos.  I look forward to my next dive!




Sunflower Star
Species: Pycnopodia helianthoides (Sunflower Star)
Tags: sea star, underwater
Kelp Crab
Tags: underwater
Dungeness Crab
Species: Cancer magister (dungeness crab)
Tags: underwater
Closed Anemone
Tags: underwater
Sunflower Star
Species: Pycnopodia helianthoides (Sunflower Star)
Tags: sea star, underwater
One Arm Red Crab
Species: Cancer productus (red rock crab)
Tags: underwater
Nudibranch
Tags: underwater
Brendon
Anemone and Crab
Species: Metridium farcimen (Giant Plumose Anemones)
Tags: underwater
Stars on Rock
Tags: sea star, underwater
Troschel's Sea Star
Species: Evasterias troschelii ()
Tags: sea star, underwater
Whiskey Cove, Belcarra
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Tags: beach
Red Crab
Tags: underwater
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