My usual dive partner was out of town this weekend, so I decided to join up with one of the local dive shops going out diving to Porteau Cove. It was a nice June morning, and we got two dives in, both primarily along the Grant Hall. This time we explored the ledge on the top portion of the hull, just below the deckline, which housed a surprisingly large amount of life. I was pleasantly surprised to see plenty of Nudibranchs around, and my first time seeing this type of nudibranch. Plenty of ling cod around as well, and I managed to get the picture on the left relatively easily. These guys/gals must have been used to having divers in their waters alot!.
I also saw a fried egg jellyfish for the first time in the water, or at least the first time I’ve known enough to recognize them from other jellies. I’ve seen them at the aquarium before, so it was nice to see them in the wild, even if they were all being eaten by plumose anemones. It’s definitely a strange thing to see a jelly trying to get away from the clutches of an anemone. I think I have a video somewhere on my camera, so I’ll try and upload a clip of it later on…
One of the things I like about Porteau is that there’s quite a bit of interesting life if you look for it, in a dive site fairly close to the city. The relatively shallow dive (30-50 feet average depths for a lot of the areas) means longer dive times to poke around and look for things as well.
I managed to get plenty of other interesting photos on this trip, so check out the rest of the images below the jump!