Deer Group Report

Discussion in 'General Paddling Discussions' started by Astoriadave, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. Astoriadave

    Astoriadave Paddler

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    Five of us -- four Yanks and my son's North Vancouver-based girl friend -- spent a lovely week in the western portion of the Deers last week, dipping in and out of light coastal fog, with one night of Camelot-like precipitation to spice the weather stew. Although there were many fishers looking for springs, we felt a strong sense of peace and isolation, just two miles from Bamfield on a point-cove on the protected side of Diana.

    Low swell and relatively light winds made for easy investigation of caves and surge channels, even a couple of runs through arches on Edward King and Tzartus Islands.

    We saw quite a few kayakers, many of them families in doubles, and a few groups of singles who wandered past our moon-snail-cluttered beach, searching for a campsite. One six-member group drifted past as dark fell, murky fog making them wisps of splash and headlamps a ghostly presence.

    The last morning a bevy of college students (all female) arrived at oh-dark-thirty via skiff frm the marine science center in Bamfield, armed with transit, stadia rod, shovels, clanking anchor chain, and giggles, part of a research effort to set up a protocol to sample for invasive species of clams. On our 1000-square meter beach, their fifty sampling plots yielded just one 5 mm butter clam, which clustered all fifteen women around the lucky finder. We could have told them about the gapers low down, but we did not want to skew their science [grin].
     
  2. DarrenM

    DarrenM Paddler

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    Sounds awesome! :p
     
  3. fester

    fester Paddler

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    invasion of the clams!?
     
  4. Astoriadave

    Astoriadave Paddler

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    Yup. Specifically, manila clams and varnish clams, both commercial species, I believe, purposely imported to other bays on the West Coast of North America, and some have drifted or been carried to bays where they are not wanted ... because they displace native clams.