UB Diving. Voted #1 dive shop by a bunch of divers.
|Posted on September 15, 2015 at 3:35 PM||comments (1228)|
Most Vancouver Island residents know we have Resident orcas in our waters. They may even know the names of the Pods. (J, K & L).
You may also know how they are identified from another (Markings on their fins).
But, (and here's this week’s trivia question), do you know how many orcas there are combined in all three resident pods?
|Posted on September 11, 2015 at 5:10 PM||comments (1667)|
We’re going to look at one of the meanest fish in our waters this week. The Cabezon. I’ve known many divers, myself included, who would unwittingly swim close to one of these fish while they were sitting all camouflaged protecting their nest and it would charge as you and literally ram you.
The Cabezon, (Scorpaenichthys marmoratus), is part of the sculpin family. Although it’s genus name translates literally as "scorpion fish," true scorpionfish, i.e., the lionfish and...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 10, 2015 at 7:40 PM||comments (964)|
This week I'd like to go in a different direction for our TBT.. How about a Jump Ahead Thursday. Once a month, I'm planning on looking at something new in the world of Scuba diving. Let me know what you think.
For my first Jump Ahead Thursday, I came across this new bundled regs, tanks and BCD set. And apparently it's not just a prototype. You can actually order this. It looks really sleek. I personally would love a set.
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|Posted on August 28, 2015 at 1:40 PM||comments (1034)|
Melibe leonina.. The hooded nudibranch.
I love seeing these guys on a dive. I saw about 10 of them on my last dive at Argonaut Wharf in Campbell River last Sunday. In fact, I recall one particular dive in Deep Cove (a dive site just north of Victoria. BC in Sydney, where there were literally dozens of them on every piece of eel grass and bull kelp stalk and I kid you not, I would probably be under-estimating when I say thousands of them in view. It was surreal.
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|Posted on August 21, 2015 at 5:25 PM||comments (1171)|
This week's FFF is all about the Penpoint Gunnel. (Apodichthys flavidus).
The Penpoint gunnel is generally between 10-20cm long but can grow to 46cm (1.5 feet). They are found is shades of green, maroon and brown. You can easily identify them by the light spots along their body and the dark stripe through their eyes.
It can be found from Alaska all the way down to southern California. They are an intertidal species that prefer to live in vegetation but will live in th...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 14, 2015 at 2:05 PM||comments (703)|
What local fish has the most noble name? Certainly not the stubby squid.. Or the blackbelly eelpout. Nope. My vote goes to the Red Irish Lord.
The Red Irish Lord is one of the most colorful fish in our BC waters. It even has the ability to change its colors to blend in with its surroundings. They can live up to 6 years and grow up to 51cm in length. They are an ambush hunter & they remain still even when annoying divers are flashing lights in their eyes. But this same b...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 11, 2015 at 3:00 PM||comments (790)|
Today's trivia should be pretty straight-forward.
What kind of skate is this?
Extra credit: Is it male or female?
Have you ever seen one on a dive?
|Posted on August 7, 2015 at 1:40 PM||comments (725)|
The Salmon.. British Columbia's Iconic fish. There are 5 known species of Pacific Salmon in BC Waters. They are the Coho, Pink, Chinook, Sockeye and Chum. Salmon are at the base of many First Nations culture, a major commercial export item for BC, and a huge tourism draw.
Pheromones, or chemical cues in the water guide salmon allowing them to find their birth streams. Also when spawning, they are capable of leaping out of the water up to two meters.
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|Posted on July 31, 2015 at 1:00 PM||comments (747)|
For this week's Friday Fish fact, I have a whole treasure trove of facts for you about starfish.
Starfish (more correctly known as Sea Stars) are not fish. They are Echinoderms. They are related to sea urchins, sea cucumbers and even sand dollars. All Echinoderms have 5 point radial symmetry, which means that their body has 5 sections (or multiples thereof) arranged around a central disk. Next time you're on a beach or diving, see if you can find a sea star, sand dollar and sea urchin a...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM||comments (934)|
Do you know what the largest fish is? The largest fish in the world is the Whale Shark. The largest recorded Whale Shark was 12.6 m
(41.5 ft) long, had a girth of 7 m (23 ft), and weighed more than 21,500 kg (47,300 lbs). I was also not surprised to learn that Whale Sharks also lay the largest eggs of any animal. A Whale Shark egg measuring 35.6 cm (14in) long was found in the Gulf of Mexico.
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