Steller sea lions underwater, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada, Eumetopias jubatus

Steller sea lions underwater, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada

Steller sea lion underwater, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada, Eumetopias jubatus

Steller sea lion underwater, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada

Adams River sockeye salmon.  A female sockeye salmon swims upstream in the Adams River to spawn, having traveled hundreds of miles upstream from the ocean, Oncorhynchus nerka, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

Adams River sockeye salmon. A female sockeye salmon swims upstream in the Adams River to spawn, having traveled hundreds of miles upstream from the ocean.

The Fish Eating Anemone Urticina piscivora, a large colorful anemone found on the rocky underwater reefs of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Urticina piscivora

The Fish Eating Anemone Urticina piscivora, a large colorful anemone found on the rocky underwater reefs of Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada, Metridium farcimen

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada

Pink Soft Coral, Gersemia Rubiformis, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Gersemia rubiformis

Pink Soft Coral, Gersemia Rubiformis, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

The Fish Eating Anemone Urticina piscivora, a large colorful anemone found on the rocky underwater reefs of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Urticina piscivora

The Fish Eating Anemone Urticina piscivora, a large colorful anemone found on the rocky underwater reefs of Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Red Irish Lord sculpinfish, Browning Pass, British Columbia, Hemilepidotus hemilepidotus

Red Irish Lord sculpinfish, Browning Pass, British Columbia

Stars at night over Hurst Island, Gods Pocket Resort

Stars at night over Hurst Island, Gods Pocket Resort

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada, Metridium farcimen

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada

Steller sea lions underwater, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada, Eumetopias jubatus

Steller sea lions underwater, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada, Metridium farcimen

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada

The Fish Eating Anemone Urticina piscivora, a large colorful anemone found on the rocky underwater reefs of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Urticina piscivora

The Fish Eating Anemone Urticina piscivora, a large colorful anemone found on the rocky underwater reefs of Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Dive Boat Hurst Island, Browning Pass, Canada, aerial photo

Dive Boat Hurst Island, Browning Pass, Canada, aerial photo

Vancouver Island hosts a profusion of spectacular anemones, on cold water reefs rich with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Metridium farcimen

Vancouver Island hosts a profusion of spectacular anemones, on cold water reefs rich with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Steller Sea Lions and Bald Eagles atop Norris Rocks, Hornby Island and Vancouver Island, panoramic photo, Eumetopias jubatus

Steller Sea Lions and Bald Eagles atop Norris Rocks, Hornby Island and Vancouver Island, panoramic photo

Browning Pass aerial photo, with Nigei Island (left) and Balackava Island (right)

Browning Pass aerial photo, with Nigei Island (left) and Balackava Island (right).

A sockeye salmon swims in the shallows of the Adams River, with the surrounding forest visible in this split-level over-under photograph, Oncorhynchus nerka, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

A sockeye salmon swims in the shallows of the Adams River, with the surrounding forest visible in this split-level over-under photograph.

Sockeye salmon, migrating upstream in the Adams River to return to the spot where they were hatched four years earlier, where they will spawn, lay eggs and die, Oncorhynchus nerka, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

Sockeye salmon, migrating upstream in the Adams River to return to the spot where they were hatched four years earlier, where they will spawn, lay eggs and die.

Moon jelly, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Canada, Aurelia aurita

Moon jelly, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Canada

Alabaster Nudibranch, white-lined dirona, Dirona albolineata, Vancouver Island, Dirona albolineata,  Dirona albolineata

Alabaster Nudibranch, white-lined dirona, Dirona albolineata, Vancouver Island

Fleshy Sea Pen, Ptilosarcus gurneyi, Vancouver Island, Ptilosarcus gurneyi

Fleshy Sea Pen, Ptilosarcus gurneyi, Vancouver Island

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada, Metridium farcimen

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada

Metridium and proliferating anemones cling to bull kelp. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Metridium senile, Nereocystis luetkeana

Metridium and proliferating anemones cling to bull kelp. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Pink Soft Coral (Gersemia Rubiformis), and Plumose Anemones (Metridium senile) cover the ocean reef, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Metridium senile, Gersemia rubiformis

Pink Soft Coral (Gersemia Rubiformis), and Plumose Anemones (Metridium senile) cover the ocean reef, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Colorful starfish (sea stars) cling to the reef, covered with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Colorful starfish (sea stars) cling to the reef, covered with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Anemones are found in abundance on a spectacular British Columbia underwater reef, rich with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Metridium farcimen

Anemones are found in abundance on a spectacular British Columbia underwater reef, rich with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Bull kelp forest near Vancouver Island and Queen Charlotte Strait, Browning Pass, Canada, Nereocystis luetkeana

Bull kelp forest near Vancouver Island and Queen Charlotte Strait, Browning Pass, Canada

Vancouver Island hosts a profusion of spectacular anemones, on cold water reefs rich with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island hosts a profusion of spectacular anemones, on cold water reefs rich with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

The Fish Eating Anemone Urticina piscivora, a large colorful anemone found on the rocky underwater reefs of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Urticina piscivora

The Fish Eating Anemone Urticina piscivora, a large colorful anemone found on the rocky underwater reefs of Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Dendronotus iris swimming nudibranch, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Dendronotus iris

Dendronotus iris swimming nudibranch, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Fleshy Sea Pen, Ptilosarcus gurneyi, Vancouver Island, Ptilosarcus gurneyi

Fleshy Sea Pen, Ptilosarcus gurneyi, Vancouver Island

Bull kelp forest near Vancouver Island and Queen Charlotte Strait, Browning Pass, Canada, Nereocystis luetkeana

Bull kelp forest near Vancouver Island and Queen Charlotte Strait, Browning Pass, Canada

Yellow sulphur sponge and white metridium anemones, on a cold water reef teeming with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Metridium senile, Halichondria panicea

Yellow sulphur sponge and white metridium anemones, on a cold water reef teeming with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Steller sea lions underwater, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada, Eumetopias jubatus

Steller sea lions underwater, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada

Colorful anemones and soft corals, bryozoans and kelp cover the rocky reef in a kelp forest near Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Strait.  Strong currents bring nutrients to the invertebrate life clinging to the rocks

Colorful anemones and soft corals, bryozoans and kelp cover the rocky reef in a kelp forest near Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Strait. Strong currents bring nutrients to the invertebrate life clinging to the rocks.

Colorful anemones and soft corals, bryozoans and kelp cover the rocky reef in a kelp forest near Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Strait.  Strong currents bring nutrients to the invertebrate life clinging to the rocks, Metridium farcimen

Colorful anemones and soft corals, bryozoans and kelp cover the rocky reef in a kelp forest near Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Strait. Strong currents bring nutrients to the invertebrate life clinging to the rocks.

Colorful anemones and soft corals, bryozoans and kelp cover the rocky reef in a kelp forest near Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Strait.  Strong currents bring nutrients to the invertebrate life clinging to the rocks

Colorful anemones and soft corals, bryozoans and kelp cover the rocky reef in a kelp forest near Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Strait. Strong currents bring nutrients to the invertebrate life clinging to the rocks.

Orange Peel Nudibranch, Tochuina gigantea, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Tochuina Gigantea

Orange Peel Nudibranch, Tochuina gigantea, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Red Irish Lord eye detail, Browning Pass, British Columbia, Hemilepidotus hemilepidotus

Red Irish Lord eye detail, Browning Pass, British Columbia

Red Nudibranch, Dendronotus rufus, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Dendronotus rufus

Red Nudibranch, Dendronotus rufus, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Hurst Island and Gods Pocket Provincial Park, aerial photo

Hurst Island and Gods Pocket Provincial Park, aerial photo

Basket Star and Giant Metridium anemone, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Gorgonocephalus eucnemis, Metridium farcimen

Basket Star and Giant Metridium anemone, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Plumose Anemone, Metridium farcimen, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Metridium farcimen

Giant Plumose Anemone, Metridium farcimen, Canada

Red Irish Lord sculpinfish, Browning Pass, British Columbia, Hemilepidotus hemilepidotus

Red Irish Lord sculpinfish, Browning Pass, British Columbia

Sea grass in motion, shallow water. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Sea grass in motion, shallow water. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Colorful starfish (sea stars) cling to the reef, covered with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Colorful starfish (sea stars) cling to the reef, covered with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Mussels gather on a rocky reef, filtering nutrients from passing ocean currents. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Mussels gather on a rocky reef, filtering nutrients from passing ocean currents. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Shallow water reef with coniferous forest hanging over the water, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Shallow water reef with coniferous forest hanging over the water, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada, Metridium farcimen

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada

Shallow water reef with coniferous forest hanging over the water, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Shallow water reef with coniferous forest hanging over the water, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Typical vibrant invertebrate life,  Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Typical vibrant invertebrate life, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

The Fish Eating Anemone Urticina piscivora, a large colorful anemone found on the rocky underwater reefs of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Urticina piscivora

The Fish Eating Anemone Urticina piscivora, a large colorful anemone found on the rocky underwater reefs of Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Starfish cling to a rocky reef, surrounded by other colorful invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Starfish cling to a rocky reef, surrounded by other colorful invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Red Irish Lord sculpinfish, Browning Pass, British Columbia, Hemilepidotus hemilepidotus

Red Irish Lord sculpinfish, Browning Pass, British Columbia

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada, Metridium farcimen

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada

White metridium anemones fed by strong ocean currents, cover a cold water reef teeming with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Metridium senile

White metridium anemones fed by strong ocean currents, cover a cold water reef teeming with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Anemones are found in abundance on a spectacular British Columbia underwater reef, rich with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Anemones are found in abundance on a spectacular British Columbia underwater reef, rich with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Bull kelp forest near Vancouver Island and Queen Charlotte Strait, Browning Pass, Canada, Nereocystis luetkeana

Bull kelp forest near Vancouver Island and Queen Charlotte Strait, Browning Pass, Canada

Anemones are found in abundance on a spectacular British Columbia underwater reef, rich with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Anemones are found in abundance on a spectacular British Columbia underwater reef, rich with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada, Metridium farcimen

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada

Selfie with Steller sea lion underwater, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada, Eumetopias jubatus

Selfie with Steller sea lion underwater, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada

Plumose Anemone, Metridium farcimen, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Metridium farcimen

Giant Plumose Anemone, Metridium farcimen, Canada

Colorful starfish cling to submarine rocks, on the subtidal reef, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Colorful starfish cling to submarine rocks, on the subtidal reef, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Spotted Leopard Dorid, Diaulula odonoghuei, Vancouver Island, Diaulula odonoghuei

Spotted Leopard Dorid, Diaulula odonoghuei, Vancouver Island

Beautiful Anemone on Rocky Reef near Vancouver Island, Queen Charlotte Strait, Browning Pass, Canada

Beautiful Anemone on Rocky Reef near Vancouver Island, Queen Charlotte Strait, Browning Pass, Canada

White plumose anemones Metridium senile with purple sponge and barnacle, Vancouver Island

White plumose anemones Metridium senile with purple sponge and barnacle, Vancouver Island

The Fish Eating Anemone Urticina piscivora, a large colorful anemone found on the rocky underwater reefs of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Urticina piscivora

The Fish Eating Anemone Urticina piscivora, a large colorful anemone found on the rocky underwater reefs of Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada, Metridium farcimen

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada

Hooded Nudibranch Melibe leonina on kelp and rocky reef, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Canada, Melibe leonina

Hooded Nudibranch Melibe leonina on kelp and rocky reef, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Canada

Barnacle filtering food from passing ocean currents, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Barnacle filtering food from passing ocean currents, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Starfish detail, sea star skin details, Vancouver Island, Canada

Starfish detail, sea star skin details, Vancouver Island, Canada

Tiny fish, unidentified, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Tiny fish, unidentified, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Alabaster Nudibranch, white-lined dirona, Dirona albolineata, Vancouver Island,  Dirona albolineata

Alabaster Nudibranch, white-lined dirona, Dirona albolineata, Vancouver Island

Clown Nudibranch, Triopha catalinae, Browning Passage, Vancouver Island, Triopha catalinae

Clown Nudibranch, Triopha catalinae, Browning Passage, Vancouver Island

Ophiodon elongatus, Lingcod, Hornby Island, Canada

Ophiodon elongatus, Lingcod, Hornby Island, Canada

A school of sockeye salmon, swimming up the Adams River to spawn, where they will lay eggs and die, Oncorhynchus nerka, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

A school of sockeye salmon, swimming up the Adams River to spawn, where they will lay eggs and die.

A sockeye salmon swims in the shallows of the Adams River, with the surrounding forest visible in this split-level over-under photograph, Oncorhynchus nerka, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

A sockeye salmon swims in the shallows of the Adams River, with the surrounding forest visible in this split-level over-under photograph.

Seymour Narrows with strong tidal currents.  Between Vancouver Island and Quadra Island, Seymour Narrows is about 750 meters wide and has currents reaching 15 knots.  Aerial photo

Seymour Narrows with strong tidal currents. Between Vancouver Island and Quadra Island, Seymour Narrows is about 750 meters wide and has currents reaching 15 knots. Aerial photo.

Steller Sea Lions atop Norris Rocks, Hornby Island in the distance, panoramic photo

Steller Sea Lions atop Norris Rocks, Hornby Island in the distance, panoramic photo

Hooded Nudibranch Melibe leonina swimming in mid water column, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Canada, Melibe leonina

Hooded Nudibranch Melibe leonina swimming in mid water column, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Canada

Two male sockeye salmon, swimming together against the current of the Adams River.  After four years of life and two migrations of the Fraser and Adams Rivers, they will soon fertilize a female's eggs and then die, Oncorhynchus nerka, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

Two male sockeye salmon, swimming together against the current of the Adams River. After four years of life and two migrations of the Fraser and Adams Rivers, they will soon fertilize a female's eggs and then die.

Carcasses of dead sockeye salmon, line the edge of the Adams River.  These salmon have already completed their spawning and have died, while other salmon are still swimming upstream and have yet to lay their eggs, Oncorhynchus nerka, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

Carcasses of dead sockeye salmon, line the edge of the Adams River. These salmon have already completed their spawning and have died, while other salmon are still swimming upstream and have yet to lay their eggs.

Sockeye salmon, swim upstream in the Adams River, traveling to reach the place where they hatched four years earlier in order to spawn a new generation of salmon eggs, Oncorhynchus nerka, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

Sockeye salmon, swim upstream in the Adams River, traveling to reach the place where they hatched four years earlier in order to spawn a new generation of salmon eggs.

Colorful reef scene on Vancouver Island, known for its underwater landscapes teeming with rich invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Metridium farcimen

Colorful reef scene on Vancouver Island, known for its underwater landscapes teeming with rich invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Bull kelp forest near Vancouver Island and Queen Charlotte Strait, Browning Pass, Canada, Nereocystis luetkeana

Bull kelp forest near Vancouver Island and Queen Charlotte Strait, Browning Pass, Canada

White metridium anemones fed by strong ocean currents, cover a cold water reef teeming with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Metridium senile

White metridium anemones fed by strong ocean currents, cover a cold water reef teeming with invertebrate life. Browning Pass, Vancouver Island.

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada, Metridium farcimen

Giant Plumose Anemones cover underwater reef, Browning Pass, northern Vancouver Island, Canada

Bull kelp forest near Vancouver Island and Queen Charlotte Strait, Browning Pass, Canada, Nereocystis luetkeana

Bull kelp forest near Vancouver Island and Queen Charlotte Strait, Browning Pass, Canada

Purple sponge with white and orange metridium anemones, below bull kelp forest, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Nereocystis luetkeana

Purple sponge with white and orange metridium anemones, below bull kelp forest, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island

Lopholithodes mandtii Puget Sound King Crab amid a field of plumose anemones and red kelp, Queen Charlotte Strait, Canada, Lopholithodes mandtii

Lopholithodes mandtii Puget Sound King Crab amid a field of plumose anemones and red kelp, Queen Charlotte Strait, Canada

Plumose anemones and Bull Kelp on British Columbia marine reef, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Canada, Metridium senile, Nereocystis luetkeana

Plumose anemones and Bull Kelp on British Columbia marine reef, Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, Canada

Copper Rockfish Sebastes caurinus with pink soft corals and reef invertebrate life,  Browning Passage, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Sebastes caurinus

Copper Rockfish Sebastes caurinus with pink soft corals and reef invertebrate life, Browning Passage, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

White Plumose anemones Metridium senile and Yellow Sulphur Sponge, Vancouver Island, Metridium senile, Halichondria panicea

White Plumose anemones Metridium senile and Yellow Sulphur Sponge, Vancouver Island

Sea Lemon, Anisodoris nobilis, Vancouver Island, Anisodoris nobilis

Sea Lemon, Anisodoris nobilis, Vancouver Island

Bull kelp forest near Vancouver Island and Queen Charlotte Strait, Browning Pass, Canada, Nereocystis luetkeana

Bull kelp forest near Vancouver Island and Queen Charlotte Strait, Browning Pass, Canada

Red Irish Lord resting amid Plumose Metridium Anemones, Browning Pass, British Columbia, Metridium farcimen, Hemilepidotus hemilepidotus

Red Irish Lord resting amid Plumose Metridium Anemones, Browning Pass, British Columbia

Chiton, Vancouver Island, Canada

Chiton, Vancouver Island, Canada

Clouds over Nigei Island at sunrise, Vancouver Island, Canada

Clouds over Nigei Island at sunrise, Vancouver Island, Canada

Seymour Narrows with strong tidal currents.  Between Vancouver Island and Quadra Island, Seymour Narrows is about 750 meters wide and has currents reaching 15 knots.  Aerial photo

Seymour Narrows with strong tidal currents. Between Vancouver Island and Quadra Island, Seymour Narrows is about 750 meters wide and has currents reaching 15 knots. Aerial photo.

Chrome Island (foreground) and Denman Island, Hornby Island in the distance

Chrome Island (foreground) and Denman Island, Hornby Island in the distance

A male sockeye salmon, showing injuries sustained as it migrated hundreds of miles from the ocean up the Fraser River, swims upstream in the Adams River to reach the place where it will fertilize eggs laid by a female in the rocks.  It will die soon after spawning, Oncorhynchus nerka, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

A male sockeye salmon, showing injuries sustained as it migrated hundreds of miles from the ocean up the Fraser River, swims upstream in the Adams River to reach the place where it will fertilize eggs laid by a female in the rocks. It will die soon after spawning.