I've completely fallen in love with diving in the cold waters of British Columbia. Yes, the visibility can be poor, the currents can be rough, and the water is ... well ... not warm! But the wildlife is spectacular. Where else can you get eye to eye with a giant pacific octopus, or lay on the sea floor watching a wolf eel?
The first thee images are of an extraordinary experience with an octopus. Sitting on the gravelly bottom of the Georgia Straight I was literally eye to eye with this "little" (7 foot) octopus. I got to spend over 20 minutes watching it play with David duChemin and Jason Bradley cameras (they like the warmth in the strobes). Sadly, my air ran low and I had to surface. I guess I'll be getting a rebreather soon!
We dove out of Hornby Island. A tiny but peaceful island that's two ferry rides away from Vancouver Island. Hornby Island Diving run a fantastic dive operation there that I would absolutely reccomend/