Favourite Pacific Northwest Underwater Photos
Pacific Northwest Underwater Photos
Interesting Discoveries Underwater Photos

A small butterfly crab (Cryptolithodes typicus) was noticed perched up high on the tip of a rock.  This is an unusual posture as other times I’ve encountered a butterfly crab all if its legs and claws are tucked up under the carapace out of sight.  I didn’t see eggs on her underside with hatching larvae swimming away so I don’t think that was the issue.  Maybe this butterfly crab was just letting me know that I was too close to its hangout!  The butterfly crab has many colour variations, with a carapace width of about three inches (7.6 cm).  Its range is from southern Alaska to southern California.

Slipper Sea Cucumber

Tiger Rockfish

Young Steller Sea Lion

Purple Sea Urchin Feeding

Rose Star

Jim Auzins Photography is a website where I share my photos, many of which are of the diverse marine life that thrives just off shore from my home in Victoria, BC, Canada.  Living on Vancouver Island provides a great opportunity to explore the ocean and witness the vast biodiversity, including many interesting invertebrates that inhabit the rocky reefs of the area.  Jacques-Yves Cousteau said Vancouver Island has “the best temperate-water diving in the world and second only to the Red Sea.”

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ” – Yann Arthus-Bertrand

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