I’m back from Haida Gwaii. It wasn’t what I expected, but then I only saw the North-Eastern corner of the Graham Island (the biggest and northernmost island). Anyway, here are some photos from the trip:
A Velella velella, sometimes called by-the-wind-sailors, which is a type of Hydrozoan (so not a sea jelly). It is the only known species of its genus! These little fellows live on the surface of the open ocean.
Here’s a shot from the rocky shore at the base of Tow Hill. What a neat location! Not only are there quite a few tide pools (and none of them alike) there are also quite a few interesting rock formations. I’m not entirely sure how rocks so close can be so different, but my guess is it has something to do with Tow Hill being a volcanic plug.
North Beach, from the viewpoint atop Tow Hill.
After Masset, we went to Port Clements. It’s smack in the middle of Graham Island, on the shore of Masset Bay.
The nice weather also gave us the courage to go to Tlell, on the east coast of the island. If hitchhiking didn’t pan out, at least we wouldn’t be walking for four hours in the rain (we did get picked up, though, to my great delight). Above is a photo of a little fellow who I picked up on the hike to the Pesuta Wreck… it then excreted Hydrogen-cyanide all over my fingers. That stuff doesn’t wash off with hand sanitizer or sea water. (It is a millipede, by the way, Harpaphe haydeniana).
Mine and my coworker’s treasures, collected during our two-week trip, right before we divied them up. The “blue” stones turn shiny black when wet.
And here’s the reason we got to go back- our hosts at the Golden Spruce Motel wanted to go crabbing (as well as give us a ride to the airport. I want to say the width of his back was about 20 cm (~8 inches) across, but don’t quote me.
I hope you enjoyed the photos, cheers!