Pirate Rock sits "King-of-the-castle" on top of a series of irregular ledges, boulders, and arches. Anchor heaven. It's one of the most dramatic pinnacles of rock I've dived. There's more than an average amount of life around it. Quillback rockfish - smallishto medium-sized - crowd the cracks of the rocks. Tube worms, sea-peaches and plumose anemones hold tight under the overhangs. Sea pens tilt out of pools of sand between the ledges. Greenlings hide in the bottom of the kelp. Lingcod move in and out of the shadows. At deeper depths, Ratfish glide past big gray immobile chimney sponges, also called boot-sponges. Wolf-eels peek out of holes in the rock formations, while snakelock anemones, thick like fringe on a spanish shawl, test the current with sticky fingers. Keep your eyes peeled for lost anchors, this site is famous for claiming boat anchors.