Here are some great videos of Giant Pacific Octopi. The first short video is of our friend from the HMCS Chaudiere from the 11th of Nov. Let us know what you think of the videos.
[singlepic=181,320,240,watermark,right]Today was shaping up to be a wet cold trip up to the HMCS CHAUDIERE. Don’t get me wrong, not that I do not enjoy diving the Chanudiere, but some days it can get a little on the boring time, especially when we dive it so often.
Well, today could certainly not be described as boring…ok, I think it would be one of the best dives I have ever had here in Sechelt. So here is what the dive plan was, Doug from PADI HQ had a couple of friends up diving, and wanted me to lead a penetration….me well I was looking for Nudibranchs to take some pictures of on the Chaudiere, so I figured it was a good plan and would cover off each groups wants. So, Jeremy was [singlepic=186,320,240,watermark,left]going to take the stage bottle down for me, and secure it at the 70 foot mark on the round down on the boat. He headed down be for us, and I was the next to descend. As I came down the line, I could clearly see Jeremy on the Chaud, tying the rope for the stage bottle…and I could see this big lump about 3 – 5 feet to his left. As I approached I quickly was able to see that it was no lump…but a Giant Pacific Octopus. WOW!!! Out camera…and lets get some hot shots!!
This Pacific Ocotopus stayed and plaed with us for upwards of 20 minutes….floating up like he was going split…to settle back down on the boat…there was two or three color changes…overall it was simply amazing!! To see more of these photos, just check out the images on the left hand menu bar.
UWE and Suncoast Diving is excited to announce that we have certified 2 new Open Water Divers and 3 Dry Suit Divers. Kaelhub and Sean successfully completed their training for Open Water and Drysuit, while Kathy completed her Dry Suit Divers course.
UWE was down in Tuwanek today completing the requirements for the Dry Suit course. Sam was the instructor for the dives. Visibility was amazing with easily 100 foot crystal clear views in all directions. Ken was working with Jeremy on his Rescue course. Jeremy has been doing a ton of training with Suncoast Diving and UWE this year. He as completed his Advanced, Nitrox, Advanced Nitrox, Deep, Wreck, and now we are doing his Rescue and working towards completing his Dive Master course as well.
Sam did a bang up job teaching once again, and she is quickly approaching her MSDT qulification for PADI. Well done to all!!
[singlepic=141,320,240,watermark,left]This evening was spent off the beach in Tuwanek working out some things with the new pieces for my camera. The dive plan was to head down to the octopus den to see if our big boy was still home, and then to slowly work our way up the slop to shallow water.
Sure enough as we arrived at the den area, our boy was home…so we took a couple of images, and then made the turn to head up the slop. Along the way we found some interesting fish and crabs to take pictures of as we passed along.
Visibility was easily 70 – 100 foot right from the shore down to depth. Overall a great dive!!
So, there I was out in Tuwanek doing and Underwater Navigators course with a student….so I had to include a trip to my favourite Octopus den. Guess who was home!! That is right he is back! I have not been able to find him over the past 2 weeks…and I was there just Wednesday and nothing.[singlepic=118,320,240,watermark,right]
So, if you want to find yourself a nice big Pacific Octopus…be sure to visit the left island in Tuwanek…I am sure you will not be disappointed!!
[singlepic=124,320,240,watermark,left]Today was spent out on the charter with Steve. With just the two of us on the boat it was a dream. Suiting up was so simple, not need to rush, or lift 5 – 6 tanks, I simply got ready at the same time he did. We were at 9 mile point, and I was in search of the illusive Northern Spearnose Poacher which I happened across the last time I was at 9 mile, but of course I did not have my camera with me.
Today however, I did not have any luck in finding this guy…though I did run into another Giant Pacific [singlepic=125,320,240,watermark,right]Octopus, which was two for me. Though Jeremy and Andrew still hold the record of three octopus on one dive. I was also able to capture some pictures of a Tube dwelling anemone, and many decorator crabs.
Dive two had us down to Tuwanek Point, on the sail boat dive, where we lucked out and ran into a huge Lions Mane jelly fish, though I think it had seen better days, it was very impressive never the less.
Conditions today were a little overcast and light rain, the water temp has cooled off on the surface where it is down to 60 degrees, and the water temp at depth is in the 54 – 55 range. The visibility was any where from 5 ft – to 60 ft depending what depth you are at.