Fingers

Dive Type:  Shore

Experience Level:  Beginner

Dangers:  Most bay dives should be made during slack tide.  The fingers offer good protection from the dynamic action of the channel.  However, during a tidal exchange the current at the tips of each finger may be moving very fast.  Always take a compass bearing before entering the water.


Dive Profile:  An excellent dive for new divers. The fingers offer a shallow sandy area protected from most boat traffic and the speedy currents of a tidal exchange.  Park along the road adjacent to any of the fingers, carefully climb down the large boulders that line the shore, and step into the water. Climb carefully on the lower rocks ...green seaweed lines the rocks and provides a very slippery surface. The picture on the left shows the fingers labeled in red. This photo was obtained on a very low morning tide. Clam diggers are looking for Gapers in the sand flats. You can check out the super huge photo here. The first finger remains relatively shallow all the way to the end. On high tide you get 8-10 feet of depth at the tip. The 3rd and 4th fingers drop down further and bottom out around 20-30 feet at the ends. The fingers harbor a variety of sea life including perch, clams, Dungeness and Red Rock crab. During the winter months lingcod will come into the bay to spawn. Many divers have seen lingcod, ranging from 20-25 pounds, making a temporary home in the boulders. The fingers are easy, relaxing, and great for sightseeing. The red pushpin on the map below shows the largest finger, the first finger. The others fingers lay to the left and are easily seen as rocky extensions from the shoreline


 
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