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Campbell River Adventures

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:19 pm
by YellowEye
Howdy Folks
Last weekend, Stephen Martin, VJW, ScubaJess, local Vancouver Island diver @Sophie_san_qc and I made a run up to Campbell River BC. We dove with Earl from Abyssal Charters.

It was intended to be our big coldwater reinvigoration dive after our recent trip to the tropics. Viz wasn't quite as good as we hoped, and we didn't make it to our desired destination, the fabled Seymore Narrows, but we did have a lot of fun! The weather was fantastic!

Some of the sights included: fields of strawberry anemones, walls filled with sponges and cuprcorrals, mating PS king crab, octo in the open, quite a few nudibranchs, etc

One of the highlights was diving the Argonaut Wharf. This is an amazing pilings dive, with lots of painted anemones -- one of my favorite sea creatures. Helped that the viz was better there in the shallows too.
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Sofie exploring the reef
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Light shining thru the Argonaut wharf
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Sophie got this snap of me in my new santi drysuit at Argonaut wharf. Shot full frame with an 8mm fisheye.
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Top snail on strawberry anemones
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PMHs and cupcorrals
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top snail, cup corrals

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Sophie and octo
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Grunt
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Nipple sponges
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Double barnacles


A great time was had by all. It's great to be back in the cold water!

Hope you all had a great good-tide weekend!

Re: Campbell River Adventures

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:50 am
by Tom Nic
Fabulous report and pics as usual!

Re: Campbell River Adventures

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:56 am
by KeithBoll
Love the picture of the octo out in the open. Thanks for sharing!

Re: Campbell River Adventures

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:53 pm
by YellowEye
KeithBoll wrote:Love the picture of the octo out in the open. Thanks for sharing!


Thank you. I've been to Campbell River twice now, both times I saw octos in the open. Sophie's had a lot of luck there too with octos.

Unfortunately both times I went to CR, we had bad luck with viz. I hear they often have great viz, include above average summer viz. Will have to go back and catch some octos on better viz!

Re: Campbell River Adventures

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:00 pm
by Gdog
Great report! Really really like the sunlit shot of the wharf!

Re: Campbell River Adventures

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:57 pm
by ScubaJess
Fantastic report YE! I agree with gdog, I love that pic with the light Ray's beaming down, also cool grunt & octopus snaps.
It was so fun diving with you guys! :taco: :eric: :joshsmith:

Here are some of my pics :popcorn:

Re: Campbell River Adventures

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:46 am
by Vjw
Great trip report and Beautiful pics!! So glad we had amazingly sunny weather the entire time! Seeing so many Puget Sound king crab together in the den was epic! :joshsmith: Fun times!!

Re: Campbell River Adventures

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:06 pm
by njnigam
Looks awesome!!! :D I'll have to make it next time

Re: Campbell River Adventures

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:43 pm
by YellowEye
njnigam wrote:Looks awesome!!! :D I'll have to make it next time


Hi Nirupam!
We may go in May if the viz is better then! There's supposed to be another good weekend for Seymour!

Re: Campbell River Adventures

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:19 pm
by Sharkb8
Beautiful pictures! My buddy and I are going to try and make it up there Memorial Day weekend if any of the charters still have some room. I need some strawberry anemones in my life :)