Octopus Hole

Octopus Hole
USA West


Site Review by
 Ed Kenney
Date: 08/17/2006


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Ed Kenney Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Rainier Reef:    4.00
State:   Washington Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   10 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   400 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.69
I can't resist an update. The now annual start-to-Fall low oxygen conditions on this wall is making for some interesting diving. The lack of oxygen at the bottom of Hood Canal forces thousands of fish into the top of the water column where they then swim in diver territory. Accordingly, though, in previous summers a diver might only see a few groups of five copper rockfish along the wall, now there are schools of 50 big coppers at frequent points along the wall as well as occasional quillbacks and even black rockfish. Ling cod are still plentiful as are wolf eels, but this last week there was not an octopus was to be found, and very few nudibranchs. Crab, shrimp, moon snails, flounder, anemone and sea cucumbers are still plentiful, but I imagine in another month lots of these will be washed up dead on the beach.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2006
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00

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