I had to promise not to say where this place is (other than Saanich Inlet, obviously). We showed up on a windy, rainy day near the middle of December, 2005. Visibility was incredible. Floating on the surface, you could see 50 feet down. Deeper, visibility was at least 100 feet. We swam down a sandy canyon cutting through the rock and turned right, ending up on a wall with cloud sponges starting at around 120 feet deep. They continued down at least past 180 feet. Most of the nice big ones are 140 feet deep and deeper. Back in the "shallows" (less than 100 feet), there were the usual quillback rockfish and small lingcod. There was also a solitary vermilion rockfish. Near the surface there was a pipe fish and strange string-like jellyfish. There must be tons of unknown places like this waiting in the Inlet.
CLOUD SPONGE
NEAR SURFACE
PLUMOSE ANEMONE
GIANT NUDIBRANCH
SMALL SPONGE
CLOUD SPONGE
SHALLOWS
VERMILION ROCKFISH
NEAR SURFACE
NUDIBRANCH
LOOKING AT PIPEFISH
PIPEFISH
LOOKING FOR OCTOPUS
MOON JELLY
IN SHALLOWS
MORE PICTURES FROM THE NEXT WEEK:    
   (Vis was not as good, but still not bad)
IN SHALLOWS
LINGCOD ON WALL
CLOUD SPONGE
CLOUD SPONGE
CLOUD SPONGE
ON WALL
LOOKING AT SHRIMP IN SPONGE
SWIMMING ANEMONE
ASCENDING TO BOAT
SEASTAR
CLOUD SPONGE
CLOUD SPONGE
SWIMMING ANEMONE
UNDER THE BOAT
CLOUD SPONGE