Tag Archives: Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest

Giant Pacific Octopus

[singlepic id=185 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]UWE was out diving at Tuwanek Beach again today, as it is a dive that never disappoints, and once again today we were rewarded with a beautiful encounter with two Giant Pacific Octopi.  The sky was dark and threatening rain, but the water was calm, and visibility a little short, but still good enough to enjoy the trip out to the octo’s dens.

Susanne and I slowly proceeded down the sloping bottom until we ran into the wall, and then followed it out to the den in 70 feet of water.  As we approached we saw one smaller Giant Jellies, and some crabs.  As I headed into the den, I was at the lower portion of it, and there in the corner was a little octopus, who was very very curious, as they kept probing and playing with my [singlepic id=141 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right]dive light.  Susanne was a little shallower then I, and was checking out the other portion of the den where she saw a “HUGE” octopus.  So, needless to say it was another successful dive!!

Advanced Open Water Course

[singlepic id=235 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]UWE and Suncoast Diving would like to congratulate Kyle H for completing his PADI Advanced Open Water Course.  Kyle has been trying to get his dive numbers up as he is heading to Campbell River to take his Commercial Divers Course, so he signed up for his AOW, and the Night Divers Specialty courses.

Yesterday had us out on the Sechelt Inlet to complete Kyle’s last two dives for his AOW.  We headed up to my all time favorite Wreck Dive on the HMCS CHAUDIERE.  Kyle certainly showed that he is an Advanced Open water diver as he had no difficulties completing this dive in rather challenging conditions.  The wind was up, and there was certainly a lot of wave action, but Kyle was quick to enter the water, and head down the descent line.  We spent 30 some odd minutes exploring the wreck.  [singlepic id=242 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right]Always a fun dive!!

Dive two of the day had us heading back to Pipers Point, so Kyle could do his Underwater Photography dive.  We were planning to get back on the octopus that we found a week earlier in 90 feet of water.  There was certainly all the tell tail signs of an octopus being in the area, but he was not home when we arrived at his den.  But not to be disappointed, about 20 feet away, in 87 – 91 feet we found a beautiful female Wolf Eel sitting in her den.  A rare find in the inlet for me, I was really amazed how [singlepic id=241 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=left]beautiful she was.  Kyle, snapped away on the camera recording so nice images of the Eel.  To see more of Kyles Images, be sure to visit his Photo Gallery here on UWE.

Interested visiting these great dive sites?  Want to do some dive training, stop by Suncoast Diving and sign up for a course or Charter!!

Pipers Point

[singlepic=204,320,240,watermark,left]Sam and I were out on the boat today with two other instructors who were from Finland.  The inlet was all fogged in, air crisp and the water is so cool!!  We pulled in to the back side of Pipers and set the anchor in about 18 feet of water.  Once the customers were dress and into the water, Sam and I prepared for our dive.

Sam was giving the new Uwatec Sol dive computer a try.  The display is massive and with it on her wrist her entire arm was lost.  I could even read it from a distances!!  I had my camera as always…snapping away, trying to get more images into the Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest section her on the website.

I lucked out, Sam found a Longfin Gunnel, a hermit crab, and I found a Rock Fish in a chimney sponge, which[singlepic=197,320,240,watermark,right] for some reason I love taking pictures of.  The visibility is crystal clear and easily at about 100 feet.  There is about a 5 – 10 foot layer of fresh water on the surface which makes the safety stop very cold…but it is a good trade off for the visibility!!

Looking to get out on the inlet?? Be sure to stop by Suncoast Diving….they are always headed out for diving, we would love to see you there!!