Sunday, May 24, 2009
The Ecology of the Ogden Point Breakwater.
The Ogden Point Breakwater was built between 1914 and 1916 from more than one million tons of rock and ten thousand granite blocks. The granite blocks were quarried on Hardy Island, off the Sunshine Coast.
These blocks form a series of steps along the outer edge of the breakwater, which provide a variety of habitats at differing water depths. This, along with the cold, nutrient-rich water that passes through the Strait of Juan de Fuca with every incoming and outgoing tide, helps to support a large variety of marine life, including a Bull Kelp forest. Divers enjoy the breakwater as one of the best dive sites in Canada due to the concentration of marine habitats and organisms along its 800 metre length. The breakwater is also a popular spot for line fishing, and for people walking and enjoying the view.
This series of panels is a representation of five underwater plaques located along the breakwater as part of a marine diving trail. Each panel focuses on either a specific habitat found along the breakwater, or on a type of marine animal found at this location.
Many consider the breakwater to be a marine sanctuary, but there is no such official designation here.