|Posted on 11 September, 2015 at 17:10||comments (13)|
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 4 September, 2015 at 18:00||comments (0)|
This week's FFF isn't about fish, but something else we see on every dive.
Did you know that there is a type of Algae that is a single cell organism that can grow up to the size of a lemon? Think about that, A single cell the size of a lemon.. It blew my mind. The Bubble Algae or Sailor's eyeball can be found in oceans throughout the world in tropical and subtropical regions. (And who knows, maybe thanks to climate change, we'll see it locally.
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|Posted on 28 August, 2015 at 13:40||comments (0)|
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 21 August, 2015 at 17:25||comments (8)|
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 14 August, 2015 at 14:05||comments (0)|
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 7 August, 2015 at 13:40||comments (0)|
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 31 July, 2015 at 13:00||comments (0)|
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 24 July, 2015 at 13:00||comments (0)|
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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|Posted on 17 July, 2015 at 13:45||comments (1)|
This week's FFF is about the Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker. Anyone who has done any amount of diving off our coast has probably seen one of these little guys.. They are the CUTEST! (Obviously I mean that in the most masculine way possible).
These small fish are 2.5-7.6 cm (1-3 in). The largest found to date was 12.7 cm (5 in) but this size is rare. They are more commonly about 2.5 cm (1 inch) in size. But finding them as juvenile where I've seen them to be just a few millimeters...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 3 July, 2015 at 13:25||comments (0)|
Let's talk Nudibranchs for this weeks FFF. Did you know that in our beautiful Pacific Northwest waters, we have over 52 different types of nudibranchs? Yep! Did you also know that the word "nudibranch" means naked gills? An adult Nudi can vary in size from under 1 inch all the way up to 12 inches. Our often seen local Orange Peel Nudibranch is one such Nudi that can reach those lengths. Want to know more about these colorful and amazing marine life? We have a field guide in th...Read Full Post »