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

All images © David Hall. Any unauthorized use or reproduction of these images is strictly forbidden.