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by Jan K
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

I got wet on the Possession Fingers dive, but I was rewarded by finding a new critter. Adding to my list a Windmill Bamboo worm ! In all those years diving here, I never noticed it. Looking around, I did not find any more of them, just that one, lonely windmill and I, the thoroughly soaked Don Quixo...
by Jan K
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Saturday June 15. Possession Point Fingers, as I found walking out of the water totally soaked in my not so dry drysuit, it was last day of Lingcod season. Five divers armed with spearguns were getting ready to try their luck. On my shortened dive, I did not see one Ling. Just a Ratfish, rockfish, P...
by Jan K
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

June 12, Keystone Jetty underwater park. Yellowtail rockfish school... https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-PrgrPtd/0/aedba1ba/XL/6.12.19%20Keystone%20Jetty%20dive%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-bhCLFmX/0/6a28e564/XL/6.12.19%20Yellowtail%20rockfish%20-XL.jpg
by Jan K
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Few more from the last two dives in Deception Pass. Family of Canada geese floating towards the bridge as I prepare for the Monday dive :) https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Deception-Pass-Whidbey-Island/i-nrjjQwd/0/32a02e48/XL/6.10.19%20Pass%20Geese%2C%20shore%20crab%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug....
by Jan K
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Monday dive. Somebody went through the effort to bring the menace of plastic pollution even to the underwater world of Deception Pass. Filled half way with sand so it doesn't float and put the cap back on before tossing it into the otherwise pristine waters. I did not mind in the past recovering los...
by Jan K
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Few more from the Skyline Wall dive. The Hairy Oregon Triton snails are busy laying eggs. he one juvenile Wolf-eel was not interested in being photographed at all ... https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Fidalgo-Island-and-vicinity/i-5GZJVrd/0/4d3cfee1/XL/6.8.19%20Oregon%20triton%20lay%20eggs%20-XL.jpg ...
by Jan K
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Saturday early morning Skyline survey. Happy to report, no wasting sea stars found https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Fidalgo-Island-and-vicinity/i-82DJbtB/0/3e7e56b8/XL/6.8.19%20Skyline%20dive%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Fidalgo-Island-and-vicinity/i-pLfMf7c/0/54e5ea72/XL/6.8.19%20Skyl...
by Jan K
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

What better way to spend the Sunday morning than with friends at Deception Pass State Park. Not only we enjoyed nice weather above, but got to see the color gardens below the waves too. And the new current tables - icing on the cake. Dive was followed by Eric's culinary art prepared on the hood of h...
by Jan K
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

It has been six months since I dived under the Coupeville wharf last. I was afraid I will find it devoid of sea stars, but to my surprise, in the very murky waters, the hundreds of Mottled stars and not so numerous Ochre stars are doing fine, I did not see any of the goo piles left by the wasted sta...
by Jan K
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Bit of sad news on the sea star situation. Although there are still vast majority of the stars healthy, Langley Harbor is experiencing wasting again. At the moment, most of the dying is affecting the Ochre stars :( https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Wasting-Sea-Star-Syndrome/i-Ppc6Mh7/0/0109e777/XL/6....
by Jan K
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

When the approach to the dive site is as pleasant as the scenery beneath the waves ... https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Possession-Point/i-KX9bqqH/0/88f18fd2/XL/5.31.19%20Possession%20Pt%20dive%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Possession-Point/i-3pgwdwC/0/23ffc5cd/XL/5.31.19%20Hermissenda%...
by Jan K
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Discovery Passage over Memorial Day Weekend
Replies: 13
Views: 447

Re: Discovery Passage over Memorial Day Weekend

Great shots, as always. The selfie and the Lion's mane especially beautiful.
Thank you for sharing pics and the report.
by Jan K
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Memorial Day at Deception Pass, the Great Sculpins provided easy target for my camera. I found four of them within the one hour long dive https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Deception-Pass-Whidbey-Island/i-L9bcWzq/0/5e0d04e5/XL/5.27.19%20Great%20sculpin%201%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/De...
by Jan K
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Giant plumose anemones at Keystone Jetty contributing their gametes to the bad visibility these days. Females eggs are the pinkish ones, male doing their thing in white. It looks like we will have plenty of anemones in the Salish sea. And don't forget that some of them forgo sex and multiply by divi...
by Jan K
Fri May 31, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Leaving the colorful world of Deception Pass and posting an encounter with a critter which is so unassuming, that taking picture of it may look like a waste of pixels. But what a pleasant surprise meeting ! After many years I came across Pinto abalone at Keystone Jetty. It is hard to see, for it is ...
by Jan K
Thu May 30, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Kelp greenlings, female and two males. It is hard to believe they are the same specie. :)
Image
by Jan K
Wed May 29, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Deception Pass has lots of worms. Featherduster worms that is. https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Deception-Pass-Whidbey-Island/i-RkqZptn/0/124cba9b/XL/5.26.19%20diver%20Wall%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Deception-Pass-Whidbey-Island/i-DQdWxp8/0/6b43b475/XL/5.26.19%20Vancouver%20feather%...
by Jan K
Tue May 28, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Deception Pass. The place which many of us love and yet, every time we dive into its waters, we hope that we don't have to struggle with wicked currents which feed all that rich marine life that make the pass its home. I just finished four consecutive days of diving it and tried to test the new set ...
by Jan K
Sun May 26, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Saturday May 25th. Under the overcast skies of Deception Pass, battle for territory unfolds in front of me. For more than fifteen minutes I watched two male Kelp greenlings fight for area of the underwater real estate which to my untrained eyes didn't look much different than the are few feet away. ...
by Jan K
Fri May 24, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4170
Views: 405504

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

From the "DIDN'T I SEE THIS SOMEWHERE BEFORE ?" files https://photos.smugmug.com/Art/Artsy-miscel/i-nMb8pS2/0/59d93169/XL/5.23.19%20Fly%20on%20moss%20Basket%20star%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Art/Artsy-miscel/i-nS9xq44/0/049a2a90/XL/5.23.19%20Fly%20on%20moss%20Basket%20star%203%20...
by Jan K
Wed May 22, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 18
Views: 469

Re: Drysuit repair

Fritz, that nut was what finally got me. I tried and tried, but it would not give, so I finally ordered a new valve. I knew it is SI-Tech, it says so on the inside piece. I was afraid to break something since I am not familiar with it and the U=Tube video did now show the same innards. But thank you...
by Jan K
Tue May 21, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 18
Views: 469

Re: Drysuit repair

After peeling off the sticker 2.5mm allen fits it and you can unscrew the little bolt and take off the cover plate. There is not spring under that cover, unlike in the video. the opening in the inside big nut takes a 4mm allen. When you turn it, you can hear the spring, but I didn't get beyond that....
by Jan K
Tue May 21, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 18
Views: 469

Re: Drysuit repair

Thank you guys for your help. I look at the large nut and see some signs of corrosion on the surface. Of course nothing big. But who knows what the spring looks like. I bough the suit second hand and got good use out of it. I think I buy a new valve. The intake is kind of important I appreciate your...
by Jan K
Tue May 21, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 18
Views: 469

Re: Drysuit repair

It is the large nut which has me stumped. Maybe I just buy a new valve ?