Sunshine and zodiac tours watching transient Orcas - what a perfect start to this Sunday!
Articles in Category: Fish, Jellyfish & Kelp
Bull Kelp is a type of brown algae, which happens to be the fastest growing organism in the world. Bull Kelp forms massive kelp forests that are used by dozens of species from sea urchins and fish to seals, sea lions and whales. Bull Kelp stalks are long, smooth tubes that can look like snakes or tree branches in the water.
Rockweed is a species of green algae that grows in intertidal areas on rocks. Its colour ranges from dark green, brown or even dark yellow. It is a short seaweed with forked tips. During the spawning season, the tips are swollen and bumpy, full of eggs and sperm.
The Lionʼs Mane Jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world with a wide, round bell which appears flat on top. Their colour ranges from orange-brown to dark brown with pink and translucent spots. Their bell on average can reach a diameter of 2.5 m and its tentacles can extend over 30m.
Chinook are also known as King salmon, and are the largest species of Pacific salmon, averaging 10 to 30 pounds. The world record Chinook salmon weighed 126 pounds (57.27kg)! Chinook attain massive body weights by eating other fish.
Moon Jellies are a small species of jellyfish that you can hold in the palm of your hand. They are translucent with a gray-blue hue. They are very easy to identify because of their 4 horse-shoe shaped gonads (reproductive organs) on the top of their bell.
Sea Nettles are seen off Victoriaʼs coast during the summer and fall, with massive blooms of these beautiful jellyfish dotting the waters everywhere. Their bell is a golden yellow colour with crimson red edges and tentacles.
Ochre sea stars are abundant in the North Pacific, inhabiting rocky intertidal areas. They are brightly coloured sea stars, ranging from many shades of orange to many shades of purple. All ochre sea stars have calcareous spines on their aboral (top) surface and have five arms.