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Diving can be dangerous so, dive to your ability, training and experience level.  Please check currents before you dive.

Spearfishing
The diver must be swimming or floating in the water while spearfishing. The use of explosives or bullets attached to the spear ("bang sticks") is prohibited. See Fishing in Washington Rules and Regulations for more information.

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Scuba Diving in Washington
Protecting Marine Habitats

Intro | Eelgrass | Kelp Beds | Mud & Sand | Rocky Habitats

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Rocky Habitats
When bedrock, boulders, and cobble have been left exposed by high currents or deposited by glaciers, a whole unique community of fishes and invertebrates abound.  Rocky habitats offer many crevices and hiding places for fish and shellfish—either from predators or from strong currents that keep the sand and mud from accumulating on the rock.  There are several kinds of rocky habitats including current-swept walls, solitary boulders, fields of stacked boulders, and even compressed sandstones and aggregates made of cobbles and gravel.  Rockfish, lingcod, greenlings, and many sculpins like cabezon have adapted to live in these high-energy environments, and a whole unique community of anemones, barnacles, snails, and tough invertebrates encrust the rock surfaces that visually dazzle divers.