Freshwater Frustration

Freshwater Clam

Well, after a brief adventure in France, it was back to work with the great guys over at Inland Divers. During a recent dive, I had a chance to snap a few quick pics of some of the local aquatic wildlife that were hanging out by the water pipes while the electrician spliced the conduit. Initially, I was elated, after all, Okanagan Lake isn’t exactly teaming with life like the waters of the Pacific around Barkley Sound. Then the challenge came.

I knew I’d gotten a picture of a freshwater clam, and of what appeared to be a sculpin. I knew that much. When I looked for information on them, it was a wash. No books, no good websites about aquatic life in the waters of the interior of BC, nothing! There were a few pdfs and lists, but no photographs. Just crude line drawings. While I realize that in the age before underwater photography, line drawings and paintings were the only real way to ID fish. Which has brought a new goal to Cold Water Diver; the creation of a freshwater photo archive. The real trick will be finding resources to ID everything correctly.

So, how are is this going to happen? Well, unlike previous years, I won’t be spending an excessive amount of time working for the army this summer (hopefully), and I will be spending an excessive time in the water both working and for recreation. My goal is try to get as many pictures of different aquatic animals as I can and post them here in the new Fresh Sub Aqua Photographs section. I’ll freely admit here that I have no idea what some of the pictures are of, so if you know, feel free to email or comment!

About the author

Graeme is a professional diver, qualified as a PADI and SDI Divemaster, DCBC 40m Unrestricted Commercial Scuba Diver, 30m Restricted Surface Supply diver, and CAUS Scientific Diver Lv.2. Graeme has an Associate Degree of Arts in Environmental Studies, where he focused on archaeology and physical geography, and an Advanced GIS certificate.