166 Afternoon Snorkelling at Coles Bay

Yesterday afternoon we went snorkelling at Coles Bay to take advantage of the afternoon sun. Plenty of other people had the idea to spend time at the beach on the last day of the Labour Day weekend so we used the shore access at the north end of the bay.

The high tide was just covering the bottom stair and the water was 17 C in most places.

This has never been a good place to see marine life but the visibility made it even worse than usual. In the best spots I could just barely see the muddy bottom where the water was 2 metres deep. On the bright side, there was a small school of bait fish that made itself useful as it showcased small clouds of exceptionally bad viz by swimming in an out of them.

I had asked Joanna to use the Kapitol Reef snorkel that I bought a few years ago. Without having told her my thoughts on the device, I asked for her opinions. She did not like it at all and for the same reasons as me. She found it to be noisy and kept getting water in her mouth. I am not surprised that it never became popular.

By Brian

Owner and administrator of this website Resident of North Saanich on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada

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