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God's Pocket 2019


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Posted by Merry on May 29, 2019 at 16:45:57:

The beautiful spring conditions in British Columbia served up a wealth of exciting animals to shoot and to make matters worse, Phil and I were there for 2 weeks.

A few of my favorites from northern waters:

It took 6 trips to God's Pocket to find a grunt sculpin, Rhamphocottus richardsoni and Phil is eating his heart out.
Only took 6 trips to God's Pocket to find one of these.


Juvenile Puget Sound king crab, Lopholithodes mandtii


The luckiest find of all, a spotted ratfish hatchling, Hydrolagus colliei. New Zealand scientist, Clinton Duffy, said that it's unusual to find a ratfish at the surface and that at 3 - 4" and with soft, over-sized fins, it must be a hatchling.


Spotted ratfish hatchling


Juvenile wolf eel, Anarrhichthys ocellatus


Mosshead warbonnet, Chirolophis nugator


Basket star, Gorgonocephalus eucnemis
Basket star at rest.  See next frame.


Armpit blood star, Henricia sp.


The water column had many swimming polychaete worms, Epigamia magna


Tubsnouts, Aulorhynchus flavidus


Orange feather duster worm, Chone aurantiaca




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