This index is a continual work in progress and contains photographs and identification of more than 400 species that you may encounter when diving Washington or British Columbian waters.
This identification index is organized by commonly family name. Simply select a species common family name from the left to view the individual species within that family. If there are more than three species in a particular family, a scroll bar will appear on the right side of this window to scroll down the page. You can also click on any of the images to see a larger image of the species. For the viewer to work properly, please let all thumbnail images on the page load before enlarging an image.
If there are additional images of a particular species, the following icon will appear to the right of the common species name:
Click on the icon to go to the "Photo Gallery" page containing the additional images of that species.
Description for each species are not necessarily scientific in nature, but characteristics I look for to identify the species.
The information presented for each species is based upon my limited knowledge, which is by no means comprehensive or complete. I am not a trained marine biologist, but more of an aspiring amateur naturalist with a passion for understanding and preserving the wonderful marine life in our local waters.
A special thanks goes to Andy Lamb for assisting with the identification of various images in this species index.
If you find error in this species identification index, please do not hesitate to let me know.