Baeria Rocks

 

Location: Located at the northern point of Imperial Eagle Channel between Alma Russell Islands and Tzartus Island.

 

Type: Boat dive

 

GPS: 49 15.537 N 124 49.070 W

 

Above Water: This area is made up three small islets. These islets are bedrock pinnacles that break the surface only by about 2 - 3 m. (6 - 9 ft.) at high tide. The dry areas are home to thousands of nesting seabirds and a few hundred harbour seals. Baeria Rocks is an ecological reserve designated by the Province of British Columbia in 1971 and covers about 53 hecters. The reserve was established to protect the nesting seabirds and to preserve rich intertidal and subtidal communities for research and education.

 

Underwater: Ten Mile Point is probably the second most popular shore diving site in Victoria. This site is a photographer's paradise for macro photography. The point protrudes into Haro strait, and is exposed to the tidal current which sweeps nutrients through this passage. This is both the best and worst feature of Ten Mile Point as a dive site. The current facilitates the growth of a wonderful variety of creatures on the rocky wall. The wall is covered with filter feeders: both pulmose anemones and encrusting sponges cover the entire expance. There are also many rockfish, greenlings, cabezon, red Irish lords, as well as many other fish to be seen here.  As you descend past the initial kelp covered wall in about 40 ft. (15 m.) you will be on the top of the main wall. This wall bottoms out at 90 ft. (30 m.) and you will find a shell covered sandy bottom. There was an oyster processing plant originally built on this location and thousands of pounds of shells were dumped in to the water. This is even more evident at the exit points due to the shell reef you will ascend on.

 

Hazards:  None to speak of.

Note: Baeria Rocks is a marine ecological reserve - this is a no take area.

 

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