For all the islands in Barkley, there are only a few good anchorages. Turtle Island has one of them. But whether or not they provide a good spot to drop the hook, a fun thing about all those other islands is that they are close to where you can anchor and they are usually small enough to row around easily. Dodd Island is one of those islands just off Turtle Island.
One of the amazing features of Dodd Island is an old First Nations fish trap. The edges are lined with rocks and it’s still easy to imagine how at high tide the fish would have been channeled into the pool at the end. Simple and brilliant at the same time.
After checking out the island, we got back in the dinghy and rowed around the island. The shore is pretty rocky and we saw lots of sea stars and quite a few crabs. It was exciting seeing bat stars, which we hadn’t seen before, and ochre and purple stars. A couple of years ago the sea stars were hit by a virus that almost wiped them out. It was good to see them coming back again. We also saw a sea cucumber.
After a relaxing night at anchor, we headed back to Ucluelet for groceries and laundry.