Bowie Seamount: 100 Miles Out and 100 Feet Down

Bowie Seamount: 100 Miles Out and 100 Feet Down

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Date(s) - 14/Feb/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Unitarian Centre (Hewett Hall)

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Just over 100 miles west of Haida Gwaii lies Bowie Seamount, a submerged pinnacle that rises from the seafloor 10,000 deep to within 100 feet of the surface. It is one of the very few North Pacific seamounts accessible to scuba divers, but its remote location in often stormy, exposed waters has limited the number of underwater explorers to less than a few dozen. In 2003, a five-member team of divers ventured to Bowie Seamount from Campbell River aboard the Danny & David, a trip of more than 450 nautical miles. Equipped with still and video cameras and collecting equipment, the team had no idea of what they might encounter. It turned out to be an epic journey to British Columbia’s most challenging dive site.

With a degree in marine zoology from UBC, Neil McDaniel has been an enthusiastic diving naturalist since 1969, when he made his first plunge into the chilly waters of Howe Sound.

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Keely Langford’s presentation on her octopus research trip in the South Pacific has been re-scheduled to April 11.

MBS Poster February 2019

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