Sea Shore

A Helleva lot of Velella

August 10th, 2014  |  By  |  Published in Jellyfish, Sea Shore

It’s like some ill-conceived, poorly planned invasion on the shores of the west coast of Vancouver Island. In the last week, small blue jellyfish-like creatures have been landing on the beaches of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in the millions—large swaths of them line the strand line at Wickaninnish Beach. More continue to come in daily. […]

Herring Spawn Head’s Up

February 8th, 2014  |  By  |  Published in Central Vancouver Island, Destinations, Fish, Intertidal Zone, Nature Photography, Nature Viewing, Sea Shore

It’s all in the timing and it’s easy to miss. Last spring I was lucky, and the kids and I witnessed the amazing spectacle that is this country’s largest annual Pacific herring spawn. In other years, I’ve been a day or two late or early. When the herring arrive in March, the coastlines of Parksville Qualicum […]

Beach Hopper Party at Wickaninnish Beach!

July 11th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Crustaceans, Sea Shore

Sand fleas, beach hoppers, beach fleas – these are a few of the names given to the (usually) small little jumping things leaping about on the sand in a frantic attempt to escape your descending bare feet. At first encounter they can be a bit hard to love, maybe due to the unpredictable trajectory of […]

Deep Bay Marine Field Station

April 9th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Anemones, Crustaceans, Destinations, Echinoderms, Fish, North Vancouver Island, Sea Shore, Seastars, Shellfish

At the end of a crushed shell road lies the Deep Bay Marine Field Station, a research facility run by Vancouver Island University. It’s a gorgeous location overlooking Deep Bay and the station is spectacular in its design, looking a little like a huge clam shell. In addition to being used by Vancouver Island University […]

Kye Bay Beach Walk

February 6th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Beaches, Intertidal Zone, Landscapes, Sea Shore

I had a couple of hours to myself on Saturday afternoon and thought that I’d walk from Kye Bay through to Air Force Beach and back. It didn’t take too long and the tide was low so I had plenty of beach and tidepools to explore. In the middle there’s a long gravel bar that stretches a […]

Green Burrowing Anemones

May 14th, 2012  |  By  |  Published in Anemones, Intertidal Zone, Nature Viewing, Sea Shore

Miracle Beach Provincial Park is a spectacular place to take kids tide pool exploring—the wide expanse of sand allows for plenty of running in bare feet and the warm shallow tide pools are great for wading and searching for sea life. This weekend I took Alden and Clara up to “the beach house” and kept […]

Saving the Magnificent Pacific Gaper

April 15th, 2012  |  By  |  Published in Intertidal Zone, Sea Shore, Shellfish

It is not often that you see a living horse clam on the surface of the beach unless you have taken the effort to dig one out yourself. That’s why Jocie and I initially thought that the Pacific gaper (Tresus nuttallii) that we found at Miracle Beach was dead. We quickly realized otherwise after touching […]

Strand Line Buffet

March 15th, 2012  |  By  |  Published in Fish, Intertidal Zone, Sea Shore

With the wild wind we have had in the Comox Valley this week, there are bound to be some interesting things washed up in the strand line along the beaches at Point Holmes and Goose Spit and other beaches on Vancouver Island. Earlier this week I was out at Point Holmes looking for some last […]

Herring at Goose Spit

March 9th, 2012  |  By  |  Published in Fish, Intertidal Zone, Sea Shore

I always love getting down to the edge of the sea and at this time of the year there is even more incentive to wade into the tidal pools and poke around. In late February and early March it pays to watch for flocks of very active gulls and groups of barking and feeding sea […]

Eelgrass Abstracts

October 23rd, 2011  |  By  |  Published in Abstracts, Botany, Grass, Intertidal Zone, Sea Shore

A windy afternoon at Point Holmes, but nice to get some fresh air and look for nature abstracts in the strand line. Today there was plenty of eelgrass (Zostera marina) washed up on the sand and cobble but most of it was tangled and damaged from being tossed ashore in the waves. The blades of […]

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    Light Show at Kye Bay

    Kids and I took a break from northern light hunting to do a little light painting dance down on the wet sand flats at Kye Bay on New Year’s Eve. Looks like a satellite did a walk through as well. Nice way to end the year and finish up this 365 Day Project - it’s been challenging at times but overall well worth doing.

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    Oyster Bay at Night

    Kids and I drove north to Oyster Bay with the hopes of maybe seeing the northern lights which were forecasted. We were clouded in but I decided to take a photograph anyway - this is looking northeastish, the underside of the clouds are lit by the lights of Campbell River.

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    Lines in the Sand

    Explored the sand bluffs out at Kye Bay - fascinating patterns in the continually eroding sand, compressed into pseudo rock.

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