Voyages North

22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
18 August 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
17 August 2017 | Olympia
22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

Weinberg Inlet, Dunn Passage, Campania Island. August 12, 2015.

30 August 2015 | posted at Maple Bay, B.C.
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Moonjellies in the water in Weinberg Inlet, Campania Island.

We wound our way through a labyrinth of rocky passages lined with short scrubby cedars and bald rocks to anchor in Weinberg Inlet at the end of Dunn Passage on Campania Island on British Columbia’s outer channels. From the bow where he was dropping the anchor, Steve called, “jellyfish, hundreds of them!”

When the anchor was set, I looked over the side. Sure enough, the water, tinted with tannin from land runoff, was full of the nearly colorless jellyfish of the kind known as moonjellies. There were so many and they were packed so close that some were tangled in the tentacles of others.

That was the first time we saw swarms of moonjellies on this trip. Later we saw them from the dock of the Hakai Research Institute and swarming aroud us in False Bay on Lasqueti Island in Georgia Strait. The biggest were the ones at Hakai, some must have been almost two feet across.

Making an educated guess, I attribute their numbers to the sunny warm summer British Columbia has experienced. The sunshine causes phytoplankton blooms, which in turn causes the growth of zooplankton, food for moonjellies.
Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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