Ogden Point Odyssey is meant to be a fun guide for lay people who want to find out about creatures that live around the breakwater. We are grateful to our readers who have taken the time to provide suggestions for improving Ogden Point Odyssey as a scientific resource. Those who are relying on the scientific accuracy of the book’s contents, especially current scientific names, should be aware that binomial nomenclature frequently changes. Please refer to the errata below and check recent publications to ensure names are up to date.

Species Lists
Existing                                  Corrected
Enteromorpha tubulosa        E. intestinalis
Ulva lactuca                            U. fenestrata
Iridaea cordata                      Mazzaella splendens
Porphyra perforata               P. laciniata
Scotch (Cytisus scoparius)    Scotch Broom  (Cytisus scoparius)
Bossiella Corallina                  Bossiella californica
Calliostoma africanum          C. ligatum
Lunatia heros                         Euspira lewisii
Sebastes caurinus                  S. malige
Ophiodon elongates               O. elongatus
Gymnocanthus tricuspis       Leptocottus armatus
Ammodytes dubius                A. hexapterus
Poecile atricapillus                P. atricapilla
Troglodytes bewickii            Thryomanes bewickii
Luntra canadensis                Lontra canadensis
Phocoena dallii                      Phocoenoides dalli

Sea fir hydroid Gymnangium montagui
Red Rockfish Sebastes ruberrimus
Loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta (see note* below)
Swimming anemone Phlyctenactis tuberculosa
Heart Cockle Clinocardium nuttallii

Spelling corrections
Cryptochiton stelleri
Saxidomus gigantean
Pagurus hirsutiusculus
Dermasterias imbricata
Halocynthia aurantium


  • * The Loggerhead Turtle has not yet been recorded in BC. The Green Turtle and the Leatherback, however, have been recorded here, but they are uncommon.
  • p. 60: “Sea stars preferred food mussels.” This is a generalization that is only true for Pisaster ochraceus.
  • photo p. 61: “orange sun star” should be “sunflower star”
  • p. 64: “Sea cucumbers spew their guts”. Only true for two species (Parastichopus californicus and Eupentacta sp.), not all sea cucumbers.
  • p. 65: top photo orange sea cucumber should be California sea cucumber.
  • p. 66: Top photo should be Giant Red Sea Urchin, Strongylocentrotus franciscanus. Purple sea urchins usually refer to the smaller S. purpuratus.
  • p. 77: “in winter often see Yellow Billed Loon”–more likely a Common Loon.
  • The Steller’s Jay is uncommon in James Bay but s/he gets around, and has been seen here!