On 22 June 2011, we conducted the annual marine biodiversity survey of the Baeria Rocks Ecological Reserve in Imperial Eagle Channel, part of Barkley Sound. Conducted under the auspices of the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, I was partnered with Emily Darling, an experienced diver and marine biologist, to run transects for fish and invertebrate counts. This is my second survey there, and hopefully not my last! This video was created from pictures and footage of the dives, mostly from the second one. This video is dedicated to my grandmother, Donna June Joiner, who passed away a few days after the footage was taken. She loved the ocean, and never stopped encouraging me as a diver.
The dives went well, we ran 20m transects parallel to shore at 12m, 7.5m, and 3m. Our profile was a pair of multilevel dives using DCIEM tables for a maximum of 45 minutes. While we found some life on the deeper transects, none compared to the explosion of invertebrate life on the shallow transect of the second dive! The water was cool at around 9˚C and vis was a bit better than it’s been, with 6m+/- of decent vision. There was a small amount of current and surge, but not enough to hinder the dive.
This has been my first video editing experiment, and I hope you all enjoy it!