Hornby Island Diving with Steller Sealions - Jan 2018

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Re: Hornby Island Diving with Steller Sealions - Jan 2018

Postby Tom Nic » Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:06 am

Cute little buggers... but not on my bucket list. :toimonster:
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Re: Hornby Island Diving with Steller Sealions - Jan 2018

Postby Penopolypants » Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:53 am

Great shots! And what a great experience! Love the whiskers, and they have such expressive faces, which you captured beautifully.
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Re: Hornby Island Diving with Steller Sealions - Jan 2018

Postby dlh » Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:19 am

RoxnDox wrote:Wow! All great shots, but #2 is perfect - her expression is priceless as the marine beastie nips at her hood!!


I agree, definitely my favourite photo from the trip. A perfect expression of wonder, joy, and WTF!!!! :)
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Re: Hornby Island Diving with Steller Sealions - Jan 2018

Postby RoxnDox » Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:07 am

Wow! All great shots, but #2 is perfect - her expression is priceless as the marine beastie nips at her hood!!
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Re: Hornby Island Diving with Steller Sealions - Jan 2018

Postby Tangfish » Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:42 pm

Love those cute pups!

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Re: Hornby Island Diving with Steller Sealions - Jan 2018

Postby Scubie Doo » Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:47 pm

Super cool! Great shots.


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Hornby Island Diving with Steller Sealions - Jan 2018

Postby dlh » Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:36 pm

I just returned from a great week long trip up the Hornby Island BC, about an hour north of Nanaimo. Hornby Island Diving is a top notch operation with really friendly and capable operators in John and Amanda. Their family has been operating the lodge since the 70's. The main attraction in the winter is the opportunity to dive with the resident colony of Steller Sealions. There are hundreds of them on site, and especially in the morning it's a wild experience. Imagine being in a small room with excited, friendly puppy dogs that want to climb all over you, licking and nibbling. Now replace the puppies with 600 - 1500 pound aquatic mammals! Mostly harmless fun, however several dry gloves and one dry suit fell victim to the sea monsters...

This trip was organized by Richard Sallas, and filled with a great group of folks. Several PNW folks you may know, and a pretty diverse group of other from all of the US, Canada, and Germany. Richard also runs a photo workshop on the trip, with great opportunities for critique and feedback. I've been on a few of his trips now, with some others in the queue. Highly recommended!

The diving was mostly great, but we had a couple of weather days where the winds kept us off the water. But we had a few sunny days and great visibility the whole time. Hornby has some great locations for hiking and bird watching for non-diving days.

Here are a few of my favourite photos from the trip:


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