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USA: Pacific Northwest - The cold, emerald waters of the Pacific Northwest are a real treat for Scuba diving. This region of the website includes dive sites and galleries in the Puget Sound, Hood Canal, the San Juans, and the Oregon and Washington coasts. Divers in the Pacific Northwest are presented a large variety of life, ample dive locations, and dynamic diving opportunities such as walls, bull kelp forests, drift dives and dive parks.
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Hudson Point
Port Townsend, Washington
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Easy Shore Entry , Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck, Debris, Structures, Eel Grass Beds

Hudson Point is a rich shore dive in Port Townsend with multiple habitats in a single site that offer a beautiful array of life.

The bottom drops gradually to about 20ft from shore toward the large cement dolphin (piling). Seasonal eel grass adds interest to this area during late summer and early fall before the winter storms hit. Lots of gunnels hanging from the grass and hooded nudibranchs in late fall.

At 20ft the bottom begins to drop off steeply toward the monsteous Cement WWII Dolphin designed as an anchor point for the submarine nets that protected the sound from enemy subs. It is alive with anemones giant barnacles and lots of other interesting life. A rope, often hidden by kelp and sand, extends downward from the dolphin to about 90ft. Rope leading down slope to 100 ft or tmore. Along this route there are logs, rocks, manmade objects and many discarded bottles, some of which may be quite old. Look close for baby octos and gunnels in and around all these objects including in the bottles. Make sure if you decide to collect bottles to leave all the critters behind.

Along the jetty and the rocks piles at the baseThere are many species of sea life here including many types of fish, nudibranchs, crabs, Giant Pacific Octopus and plant life. Please try to be kind to all the many tiny critters by keeping off of the rocks as much as possible and watch where you place your hands. At the end of the jetty there is an old metal barge broken in two, starting at about 50ft. Lots of life but be gentle, it is rusting badly and in danger of caving in. There are severe currents beyond the barge.

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