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Row and Be Damned in British Columbia

For a dive site, Row and Be Damned is pretty much one the coolest name ever. Before I came to British Columbia, I have already decided to put this diving site on my priority list. Apparently, it is highly regarded as a favorite dive spot by many for its scenic marine life and its aptness for drift diving. Several articles have also branded it as one of the best diving spots in British Columbia.

Leveling off at 50 feet, I have seen what the talk is all about. The undersea terrain is adorned with clumps of yellow sponge, a variety of scallops, and colonies of hydroids. It is also where the Island’s signature species can be found– the actinia fragacea or the strawberry anemone.

Amidst the riot of colors in the abundant marine plants of Row and Be Damned, I can hardly see some mammals and species on its crannies and nooks. While there are various marine creatures in its waters, the stunning underwater adornments just distract you from seeing them. Based on all my exploration, this diving spot is probably the reef with the most colorful marine habitat in British Columbia.

Apart from the underwater embellishments, a lively community of wolf eels, octopus, Red Irish Lord sculpins, king crabs, tiger rockfish, lingcod, and other sorts of fishes are present on its waters. The marine life on Row and Be Damned is so copious that most of my time in diving were spent on underwater photography. My encounters with the exotic marine creatures surely provide me an opportunity to have a perfect backdrop for breathtaking images.

Diving on the waters of Row and Be Damned is only possible through a live boat. Perhaps the reason behind its name is because it requires one to row a boat to get there. Definitely, you’ll be damned if you don’t witness its beauty.

In the Ecological Reserve: Race Rocks

While British Columbia highlights a wide range of dive sites, only a few can match the diverse marine mammals, invertebrate life, and the topside scenery in Race Rocks. Named after its characteristics– rocky reefs and strong currents– Race Rocks is truly home to exotic marine life. It highlights a lush assortment of underwater species and plants.

In particular, the area features a generous stream of nutrients to a flourishing community of subtidal marine invertebrates. As what I have spotted, this includes soft corals, hydroids, anemones, and sponges. Crowds of tunicates, sea stars, urchins, and barnacles embroider its waters.

I am really captivated by how the water of Race Rocks is so alive. Above the water, my eyes have been served with cormorants, gulls, seabirds, oystercatchers, and pigeon guillemots. Race Rocks serve as a stopover for various migratory birds, and they share the rocks with other harbor sea lions, seals, and a few elephant seals. Since Race Rocks have an exceptional marine life diversity, I think this place is perfect for any educational and scientific observation.

Before I have plunged into the waters of Rocky Rocks, I first have to ask the localities about its altitude. I have been warned that a surge can occur once in while in the area. It can prove to be problematic if I dive underwater especially near the rock-pounding ocean swells in that condition. Fortunately, I haven’t experienced diving the water in a surge. By the way, visibility varies underwater, but I have discovered that autumn months provide more vision in about and more than 40 feet.

Due to the abundance of marine species in this area, it has been established as an ecological reserve. Thus, there is a strict policy that no one should touch any of the marine resources and marine life. I really think that it is a good move despite my urge to actually touch one.

Since Race Rocks holds a diverse marine beauty, I think it is wise to conserve the richness and beauty of British Columbia’s marine areas. Other diving spots that I have explored holds their individual charms yet have been exploited due to lack of action. British Columbia is one of the places where they really prioritize their natural resources and environment, and Race Rocks is definitely a good example for that.