The waters off northern Vancouver Island are known for their dense profusion of invertebrate life. Walls are burdened with colonies of pink soft coral, large clumps of sponges, giant barnacles and several varieties of anemones. The basket star is a common sight as it displays its fibrous web of arms to capture small prey from the nutrient-rich waters. Most of the species of rockfish common to the coast can be found here as well as lingcod, wolfeels, warbonnets and sculpins. This area is also noted for some of the swiftest tidal exchanges in the world. At famed Nakwakto rapids the large volume of water in Seymour Inlet flushes through a very narrow opening to cause tidal currents that can exceed 20 knots! Diving here at slack tide draws you into a kaleidoscope of life and colour. Huge clusters of crimson-lipped gooseneck barnacles and brooding anemones cling tenaciously to the rocks along with giant mussels and rock scallops encrusted in coralline algae. This area is serviced by a selection of mainland or island-based lodges or live-aboard dive vessels.
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