Standing near the edge of his boat that was gently rocking with
the waves, Greg Hartley made the final adjustments to his scuba gear.
Satisfied all his equipment was just right, he stepped off into the
frigid waters of Queen Charlotte Strait. Queen Charlotte Strait is a
long deep channel of water that runs between the northern part of
Vancouver Island and Canada. Gregs co-workers on the boat watched
his trail of air bubbles for a few moments before they resumed
working on other duties.
With a series of kicks with his flippers and a sweep of his hands,
Greg propelled himself to the bottom of the strait. The amount of
life he saw during these dives never ceased to amaze him. Through
his mask he saw red rockfish, green ling cod, multitudes of
starfish, crabs and eels. On the floor of the strait he was looking
for sea urchins.