Both the esteemed Cousteau Society and National Geographic undersea photographer Daniel Doubilet rank Vancouver Island as one of the finest cold-water diving destinations on the planet.
For the 3-D IMAX film Denizens of the Deep, the real stars were the marine creatures of Broughton Archipelago near Telegraph Cove. They proved so thrilling, the archipelago delivered natural wonder without a single Orca, salmon or halibut hogging the camera.
The film's kelp forest was shot in the Pearse Islands; feeding nudibranchs in the Browning Passage; soft coral at Seventree Islet; red Irish lords and ratfish in Hussar Bay; and at the northern end of the Island, armies of red sea urchins and basket stars. And don't forget the giant octopus, which can weigh 91kg/200lb and whose tentacles can reach 7.6m/25ft.
The film's producers say the BC dives were their most exciting and rewarding moments.