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One Dive – Photographic Essay

Swimming anemone at Stubbs Island, N. Vancouver Island, BC

Today there was quite a small tidal exchange which allowed us to dive a more challenging site, Stubbs Island.

On larger tides, this island receives so much current that eddies and big upwellings form. All this churning water means there is abundant oxygen and plankton delivery so the density of marine-life on Stubbs Island is truly mind-blowing.  There isn’t a centimetre of rock that does not have something growing on it.

I would like to share my images from this dive today. I hope they give a sense of the awe-inspiring beauty and biodiversity of our Northern Vancouver Island marine “backyard”.

I’ll let the photos do talking.

Click here for the photos of  –  just one dive at Stubbs Island.

3 Responses to “One Dive – Photographic Essay”

  1. jacqui

    Absolutely gorgeous photo’s.. we are indeed fortunate to have such life in our ‘backyard.

  2. gillian Butler

    years ago (30ish!) I did ‘just one dive at Stubbs Island’ the beauty of that experience has never left me. Thank you for these incredible and more recent images.
    It seems almost impossible that it can be SO colourful and vibrant, but I remember!

    • jackiehildering

      Hey Gillian, I know for you too seeing this kind of beauty/biodiversity becomes part of the drive to make a positive difference. The next day we went out again and had Pigeon Guillemots going back and forth into their nest and a humpback (a new one to us), some 300 m away. This area is mind-rupturingly amazing and – got to make this privileged experiences count! 12 individual humpbacks seen in the area to date!


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