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We’re Back…….

70 Ft Octopus Den

Last summer UWE made a post entitle “They’re Back….”, it was in reference to the Giant Pacific Octopods having returned to Tuwanek and the four dens on the left island.  This yes we are writing another story entitled close to the same.  This is a post that is once again discussing the return of the majestic Giant Pacific Octopus to the dens that so well known.  However it is also about my return to the Sunshine Coast, and to one of my favorite dive sites, Tuwanek Beach.

Friday had Sarah P, and myself head down to the site for what would be my first real dives this summer here on the coast.  Things had changed however, I no longer in the Suncoast Diving van, but my own private vehicle, no longer a crew member for the dive center.  It was really a strange feeling seeing the dive van at the site, but having nothing to really do with the series of dives they were working on.
Sarah and I dressed, and entered the water with the intention of a nice easy dive on the left island.  We teamed up very well, as she enjoys just entering from the beach

, descending and just swimming various paths to the wall.  I have lost count the number of times I have made this journey from beach to wall, but I am never disappointed in the life that presents itself to the diver.  It is all a matter of how careful you are as you make the swum.  I happened upon a Crescent Gunnel coiled on the bottom hidden in some vegetation.  As we headed towards the 70ft Octopus den, we were certainly not disappointed, as there was a very nice sized octopus inhabiting this easily found den.  We left from here and slow made our way around the wall, and a nice easy swim on what is a sheer wall to about 150 ft.

Throughout the serials of dives we would happen upon no less then for Giant Pacific Octopi, a number of grunt sculpins and a large number of other fish and invertebrates and what was a one time my favorite jelly fish, these were only moon jellies, not the gooseberry jellyfish that had been so loved from someone I had at one time been very close to.

As I hung at my safe stop, my mind wandering back in time, remembering the first dives here at this home town dive site.  Dinner at Rob and Jen’s place, then a late afternoon dive, me having not been in the water for some 8 years, wanted to dive with someone who knew what they were doing.  Also, the number of recreational and technical dives training and otherwise that Tony Holmes had taken us here for…pushing us to our limits for some, and others simply another dive in a series to get to a destination.  Remembered also were the first few dive course that a new inexperienced dive instructor would conduct there, trying to emulate the other instructors that he had wanted to model himself after.

This small little area, in Tuwanek, brought back a huge flood of emotions, and memories….so good, some not so good….but in the end,  everything is absorbed into the dive, and the memories of the Giant Pacific Octopus.

Reef Surveyor Course

Clown Nudibranch

Doug Biffard, a Marine Biologist who does volunteer work with Reef Dot Org was up to DiveSafe International this past weekend and conducted the Level 2 and Level 3 surveyors course. The course is a free one, which involves some classroom work, and then if you are a certified scuba diver, there can be one or two dives conducted in conjunction with the training.

Saturday’s training had Doug explaining why the diving in the Pacific Northwest is so diverse, and amazing.  Also, during this session we are introduced into the various Fish and Invertebrates that can be found in our local waters.

On day two, we headed out on the boat for a dive at Lone Tree one of our many awesome dive sites, where we encountered many different rock fish, Greenling, Giant Pacific Octopus and even a Shark (Dog Shark).

DiveSafe is going to have Doug back up in late September, or early October for our next Reef Course, so if you are interested be sure to get a hold of DiveSafe to book your seat.   What do you have to loose…after all its FREE for the classroom sessions!!

Reef Dot Org Survey Dives

UWE was out for another weekend conducting Reef Dot Org survey dives.  Mikey T and I were over on Quadra Island diving at Rebecca Spit, Specifically to do this months surveys.  We conducted the first dive on the inside of the spit at the harbour near to the boat launch.  The visibility  was easily 3 feet in spots, and then others 0 and 0.  But its all good…take your time, and you will be surprised what you can see…and how great your camera shots will be, even though there is a ton of stuff in the water.

Dive two was on the outside of the spit, and visibility was a little better, and the temperatures were maybe 5 degrees warmer.  We were on a rocky reef, right down where the kelp and sand met up…we were treated in 100’s of tube snouts schooling, with a couple of Red Irish Lords being present and even a SailFin Sculpin…overall it was a great great dive!

What makes the dive even more fun is the fact that you are in only 20 feet of water, and you can make it last forever….if you are good on air.   So, if you are interested in taking a “FREE” Reef course, be sure to contact UWE and we will hook you up on one!