|Fifty Shades of Green|
Posted by Max Bottomtime on August 18, 2016 at 14:28:17:|
Our third annual Port Hardy dive trip has come to the end. Kevin Lee joined us this year for nine days at God's Pocket Resort. Although life was a bit sparse as it has been for the past year along the west coast we managed to find a critter or two.
The plankton bloom we experienced last year was gone, although we generally had to get below the upper forty feet to find the best visibility. It is an amazing sight to be a hundred feet deep along a wall and look into the abyss as the wall of life continues far below. Sometimes we had trouble seeing the wall due to the thick schools of juvenile Puget Sound rockfish.
We were able to dive Nakwakto Rapids this year. It is the fastest navigable water on Earth but can be dived when the slack tide allows, which is not very often.
At Barry Island many of the divers were quickly evicted from the water by a couple of mean Stellar sea lions. Merry saw one slap my tank twice before rushing my face several times. I tried scaring it away with my strobes, getting one shot in focus.
I only made one night dive due to the poor visibility in the bay but found a couple of subjects. Merry had better vis later in the week.
Merry found a microscopic snail that I was able to identify thanks to Paul Kanner.
Our favorite reason to dive here, as well as anywhere are the nudibranchs.
Bill Weeks and his ebullient wife Annie worked hard all week to ensure that we had a wonderful trip. They not only ran the boat all week but picked us up at our hotel and then dropped us off after the trip. They even kept the clouds away until the very last dive. Thanks also to the staff of God's Pocket, Amy and Chris for keeping us clean and over fed.
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