Whiskey Cove, Belcarra
The first dive in a long long time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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