2023-03-17 Diving Higgs Rd Access

A most amazing winter dive off South Pender Island, BC. Suited up on the ocean access platform and once in the water followed a vertical wall towards the East (Mt Baker). Max depth of 70'.
As you will see in the photos, the biodiversity was unbelievable. Surrounding most of the subjects in the photos were often another dozen small, unique and beautiful species.
  • California Sea Cucumber (Parastichopus californicus)

    • California Sea Cucumber (Parastichopus californicus)
  • Blood Star (Henricia leviuscula)

    • Blood Star (Henricia leviuscula)
  • Giant Plumose anemone (Metridium farcimen)

    • Giant Plumose anemone (Metridium farcimen)
  • Northern Staghorn Bryozoan (Heteropora pacifica)

    • Northern Staghorn Bryozoan (Heteropora pacifica)
  • Aggregated Nipple Sponge (Polymastia pachymastia)

    • Aggregated Nipple Sponge (Polymastia pachymastia)
  • Aggregated Nipple Sponge (Polymastia pachymastia)

    • Aggregated Nipple Sponge (Polymastia pachymastia)
  • Red Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus)

    • Red Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus)
  • Blood Star (Henricia leviuscula)

    • Blood Star (Henricia leviuscula)
  • California Berthella (Berthella californica)

    • California Berthella (Berthella californica)
  • Giant Rock Scallop (Crassadoma gigantea)

    • Giant Rock Scallop (Crassadoma gigantea)
  • Yellow Boring Sponge (Cliona californiana)

    • Yellow Boring Sponge (Cliona californiana)
  • Giant Plumose anemone (Metridium farcimen)

    • Giant Plumose anemone (Metridium farcimen)
  • Giant Plumose anemone (Metridium farcimen)

    • Giant Plumose anemone (Metridium farcimen)
  • Giant Plumose anemone (Metridium farcimen)

    • Giant Plumose anemone (Metridium farcimen)
  • Northern Sun Star (Solaster endica)

    • Northern Sun Star (Solaster endica)
  • Northern Sun Star (Solaster endica)

    • Northern Sun Star (Solaster endica)
  • Giant Pacific Chiton (Cryptochiton stelleri) eating a Blood Star?

    • Giant Pacific Chiton (Cryptochiton stelleri) eating a Blood Star?
  • Red Sea Cucumber (Cucumaria miniata)

    • Red Sea Cucumber (Cucumaria miniata)
  • Vermillion Star (Mediaster aequalis)

    • Vermillion Star (Mediaster aequalis)
  • Red Sea Cucumber (Cucumaria miniata)

    • Red Sea Cucumber (Cucumaria miniata)
  • Red Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus)

    • Red Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus)
  • Jelly-Dwelling Anemone (Peachia quinquecapitata)

    • Jelly-Dwelling Anemone (Peachia quinquecapitata)

 

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