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!