AR183. GIANT SEA SPIDER

White Islets, Strait of Georgia, s. BC
Halkett Point, Gambier Island, s. BC

Nymphon pixellae, Nymphon solitarium, Nymphon variatum

to 3.5 cm (1.5 in) across

BC to Mexico

subtidal

Finding the initial specimen of this sea spider is a real treat for the diver, as it is not only difficult to see but is also bizarre and unbelievable. Resembling the terrestrial daddy-long-legs spider, it moves very slowly and deliberately. Look on steep outcrop walls and concentrate particularly on boot sponges (PO9/10) or cloud sponges (PO11).