Welcome to Ocean Sanctuaries’ 2015 Yukon Marine Life Survey: an opportunity for divers to contribute photos documenting the marine life on the Yukon. This is a long-term study designed as a follow-up to the one done in 2004 by San Diego Oceans Foundations under the Artificial Reef Monitoring Projects (ARMP). 1
The 366 ft. long Canadian warship Yukon was purchased, cleaned and sunk by the City of San Diego and the San Diego Oceans Foundation in July of 2000 to serve as a pioneering artificial reef which would attract both tourists and marine life–and, in that regard, it has been spectacularly successful.
For more information, see here: http://www.cawreckdivers.org/wrecks/yukon.htm
Q: What are we looking for?
A: We are looking for high definition, close-up [macro] photographs of the marine life present on the Yukon. For now, we are only documenting invertebrates–fish will come later. Just do your dive as you normally would and photograph invertebrate marine life as you see it and submit your photographs here on the link below. If you have a watermark, go ahead and use it and your copyright will protected, ie: only thumbnails will be visible to the public, with no downloads permitted.
As time goes on, we may request photographs of certain species or from specific areas of the ship, but for now, we are accepting any and all invertebrate photographs.
Note: you do not need to be able to identify the invertebrate you are submitting a photograph for: if you do not know the ID, submit the photo to us anyway and we will have our experts look at it and try and get it identified. Eventually, we hope to get a marine life photo ID section set up here to assist you in becoming more familiar with local species.
Here is a link to the most common species of invertebrates seen in Southern California waters:
Another good resources for identifying San Diego area marine life (fish and invertebrates) is: Divebums:
Remember: the Yukon is considered an advanced dive. Therefore, before diving on the Yukon, please make sure you have the proper training and certification to dive the Yukon. Under no conditions should any diver should exceed the limits of their highest SCUBA certification.
All photographs for this project can be taken externally–no ship penetration is required.
Note for photographers: Because Wildbook is based on dynamic programming (JSP), the link to the source image is never exposed to a crawler or site visitor UNLESS you have logged in–and, no log in is required to upload photos. Instead, the most a crawler can grab is a 200×200 thumbnail with the copyright statement across it.
Good luck, be safe and have fun!
Go here: http://yukon.oceansanctuaries.org/
Note: in the upper right corner, under Log In (you do not have to be logged in to enter data), there is a toggle which says ‘Switch Project‘–make sure it says ‘Yukon.’
1. At the top of the page look for the tab which says Participate, third from the left–click on that and you’ll get a drop-down item which says Report an Encounter. Click on that.
2. Choose the Date of the Encounter from the drop-down Calendar menu and a time, if known.
3. Sighting/Study Location on Yukon: choose area on the Yukon where photograph was taken from drop-down menu: Ex: BowStern/bridge, etc. Be as specific as possible.
4. Select Species from drop-down menu of English or Common, names, if known–if not leave blank or unknown–ie: you do not have to know the Latin name or species
5. Status: Mark ‘Alive’
6. Behavior: please blank for invertebrates
7. Measurement: estimate or leave blank
8. Water temperature: copy from dive computer if known
9. Comments: enter comments if needed
10. Enter your Contact information
11. Your can leave Organization blank or enter yours
12. Under Project, you can enter the Yukon Marine Life Survey
13. Upload a high-resolution photo if possible in the field provided where it say Image
1. Ecological Assessment of the HMCS Yukon Artificial Reef off San Diego, CA, by Ed Parnell: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.dema.org/resource/resmgr/imported/S2R-2005-01-EcologicalAssessment-Yukon.pdf