Cabezon on the Columbia
Last weekend we had a fun dive on the Columbia artificial reef off Maude Island, Campbell River. The former destroyer class ship was sunk June 22, 1996 by the Artificial Reef Society of BC. The 366 foot long ship is now home to dozens of species of marine life, including this cabezon, seen above with Trisha.
The cabezon sits mid-ship, very relaxed, as if it's just chilling out and watching the world go by! Cabezon are a large species of sculpin, and native to the Pacific coast of North America, from Alaska to California. Cabezon feed on crustaceans, molluscs, fish and fish eggs, and can grow up to 23lb in weight.
They are very photogenic fish, and it's always a pleasure to see one on a dive. They are few and far between Beneath BC, so the sight of a cabezon is always a welcome one.