Early fall brings the arrival of an unusual Pacific Northwest creature, Hooded nudibranch, (Melibe leonina). Hooded nudibranch arrive for a few weeks in September/October in large numbers, clinging to eel grass and kelp, and feeding on small larva and small invertebrates. They catch their prey by extending their hood out and down, wrapping it around the
Seattle is starting to settle in to its familiar fall weather pattern of warm, sunny days and clear cool nights- a perfect time to try scuba diving in the Northwest and explore the best dive sites in Seattle and Puget Sound. Water temperatures remain relatively warm while visibility improves to some of the best of the year. Fall also brings with it stun
August has been an incredibly busy month for us here at Seattle Dive Tours! PADI Instructor Richard and PADI Divemasters Chris, Chen and Brian have been working hard to show all of our divers the beautiful marine life around Seattle and Puget Sound. Over in West Seattle, across Elliott Bay from Downtown, a very large GPO (Giant pacific octopus) has take
One of the non profit groups I work with is Seal Sitters, part of the NOAA Fisheries marine mammal stranding network on the west coast. Right now we’re having a bit of trouble with Harbor seal pups being disturbed by humans while resting on Seattle beaches. Our Seattle harbor seal pups need their rest (sometimes up to 12 hours a day) on local Seat
We’ve just received our new Oceanic Scuba V12 and V16 fins for dive tour and rental use. These fins replace our Mares and Scubapro fins. The new fins will go into dive tour use this week and we are hoping for good feedback from our divers as the new fins will offer better buoyancy characteristics, a more comfortable fit, and increased durability o
One of our Seattle Dive Tours divers, Norwegian Claes-Gøran Bye, posted this video from his recent guided scuba diving tour with us at Redondo Beach, WA. Looking at the footage, I found Giant Pacific octopus, Plumose anemone, Sunflower star, Copper rockfish, Giant barnacle, Northern kelp crab, and Spiny pinkstar. If you can identify anything else, leave
Here is a shot of a Bald eagle taken this morning at Alki, close to several of our favorite dive sites. Bald eagles live throughout the Seattle area, and it’s not uncommon to see them on our dive tours.
Check out this fun video shot by Seattle Dive Tours friend David Smith, who is a biologist with the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Wolf eels are found throughout Puget Sound and are very friendly to divers.
Congratulations Seattle Dive Tours Divemaster Chen Hsu on his marriage today to his longtime partner, Divemaster Chris Chambers. The ceremony was held at Edmonds Underwater Park, a popular Seattle dive site. Immediately after the beachside ceremony, the wedding party went on an afternoon dive followed by a reception attended by family and the local divi