Beneath Cold Seas: the Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest

Publishers: Greystone Books ( Vancouver ); University of Washington Press (Seattle)
Expected date of release: October, 2011
Hardcover, 11.5 x 10.5", 160 pages; $45.00


Queen Charlotte Strait, British Columbia, Canada



Lion's Mane Jellyfish with Bull Kelp



Lion's Mane Jellyfish with Blue Rockfish



Black Rockfish School



Sockeye Salmon in the Adams River



Hooded Nudibranchs on Kelp



Hooded Nudibranchs



Moon Jellyfish



Fried Egg Jellyfish



Red-eye Medusa



Seaweeds at Low Tide



Rose Anemone



Stubby Squid



Stubby Squid



Jellyfish at the surface in Browning Pass



A swarm of cross jellyfish with surface debris



Whitesided dolphins



Another seal studies its own reflection in the dome port of my camera housing



The mouth of a fish-eating anemone, with surrounding tentacles



The Irish lord sculpin can change color to blend with its surroundings



Wolf eel



Irish lord sculpin with plumose anemones



Decorated warbonnets; in spite of the size difference, probably a mated pair



China rockfish, a common bottom-dweller in Pacific Northwest coastal waters



A juvenile wolf-eel is more colorful than the adult



The opalescent nudibranch is a predatory mollusk with no shell.



Flower-like sea anemones and red soft coral carpet the floor of a kelp forest



Lace-like bryozoans and proliferating sea anemones adorn fronds of bull kelp



Christmas tree worms with orange ascidians



Scallops have rows of small, light-sensitive eyes along the margin of each shell



A northern kelp crab



Crimson sea anemone



The mouth of another crimson anemone



A cluster of large gooseneck barnacles at Nakwakto Rapids



Gooseneck barnacles, Nakwakto Rapids, British Columbia



Basket stars employ intricately branched arms to ensnare drifting plankton



Hooded nudibranchs on bull kelp



The helmet crab's exoskeleton is covered with sensitive bristles



Thick-horned aeolid nudibranchs feeding on tunicates



Giant plumose anemones with kelp greenling



Padded sculpin



This gorgeous painted greenling was brooding eggs and would not move no matter how close I came with my camera



Candy-striped shrimps living with a sea anemone partner



A colony of zoanthid anemones



Because of the constantly changing sunlight and subject's shape, no two photographs of a moon jellyfish ever look alike



A tiny juvenile Puget Sound king crab, less than an inch across



An adult king crab with barnacle-encrusted shell



Black-clawed Oregon crab in a giant barnacle shell



A yellow sea spider feeds on soft coral



Iridescent branching seaweed in shallow water



An aggregation of dogwinkle snails with colorful, barnacle-encrusted shells



Ochre sea stars prey upon mussels just below the surface in the intertidal zone



The grunt sculpin is a small fish that "walks" on the bottom using its pectoral fins.



There are more than fifty species of sea stars in British Columbia's coastal waters



Scallop with anemones, sea squirts and soft coral



Mosshead warbonnet



The giant Pacific octopus is the world's largest.



An octopus inserts itself into a crevice, perhaps hunting for its next meal



Lined chiton with orange ascidians



Orange sea pens on a sandy bottom



A fried egg jellyfish swimming at the surface



Clown nudibranch



Undersea forests of bull kelp are found along the Pacific Northwest coast.



Black Rockfish with Palm Kelp



A Steller sea lion may weigh as much as one ton



Two Steller sea lions settling a dispute



Before long I was surrounded by dozens of sea lions, all of them trying to examine me up close



Keeping one eye on me, a harbor seal rubs its back



A graceful crab attempting to open up a clam for dinner



Orange sea cucumbers and white plumose anemones are both plankton-feeders



Barnacles, Mussels and Anemones



Whitesided dolphins riding the bow wave of our ship



Sunflower stars are the largest sea stars in the world



Sunflower stars at dusk



Northern Kelp Crab



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