The state of Washington is in the Pacific North West of the United States. To the south it borders upon the state of Oregon and to the north it borders upon the Canadian province of British Columbia. The state capital of Washington is Olympia, but more than half of the state’s population live in Seattle. The temperature in January averages 40°f/4°c and in July averages to 65°f/18°c.
How about this for a point of information? Washington State holds the North American record for the most snowfall in one winter. In 1971-72 at the Paradise Ranger Station, they had 1,122 inches (2,850cm). That is a whopping 93.5 feet of snow in one season!!
Puget Sound is probably one of the most well known dive locations in Washington and offers some of the best and most interesting diving in the world. The cold waters flowing down from Alaska and British Columbia provide a nutrient rich flow of food and oxygen which attract all types of species of fish. This is the place to find the Giant Pacific Octopus and the Sixgill Shark which dates back to prehistoric times. Shore diving is possible from many locations in Puget Sound and apart from the Sixgill Shark and Giant Octopus you should see curious and friendly Wolf Eels, huge Lingcod and beautiful anemones.
An extremely good website to get all the information you require on diving is Emerald Sea Photography. Apart from details of the diving in Puget Sound and Hood Canal dives sites, there are plenty of special photographs of some of the characters you will meet when diving.
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