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by Jan K
Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:27 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

April 16th. Lagoon Point. Not much meet on these shrimps. Actually, the Skeleton shrimp is NOT a shrimp at all. :) https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Lagoon-Point/i-vH5X9bV/0/f30f8248/X2/4.16.21%20Lagoon%20Pt%20Dive%201-X2.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Lagoon-Point/i-CTnxpdr/0/1c88a7c1/X2/4.16....
by Jan K
Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

April 14th. Interrupting the Keystone Jetty diving stream with dive at the Possession Point Fingers 🙂 Definitely less color here... https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Possession-Point/i-2Kx77tb/0/bf337fbf/XL/4.14.21%20Possession%20Fingers%20dive%201-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Possession-P...
by Jan K
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keystone Jetty, April 10th. Still catching up with scenes from recent dives. https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-j97Jgqj/0/00d8775c/XL/4.10.21%20rockfish%20school%20Lingcod%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-S2SVQJf/0/51d5d049/XL/4.10.21%20Buffalo%20sculpin%20-...
by Jan K
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Few slugs from resent dives at Keystone Jetty. The Stubby Dendronotus and the Chocolate aeolid are still very small. https://photos.smugmug.com/Fauna-Flora/SLUGS/i-ZBWnL7D/0/1fe0eaeb/XL/4.12.21%20Stubby%20dendronotus%201-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Fauna-Flora/SLUGS/i-78C5nST/0/c8802408/XL/4.1...
by Jan K
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keystone Jetty. April 12th. Finally, sign of hope. Guided by tip from diver friends, (thank you,Joe and Dave), I was able to take picture of the first Bull Kelp youngster, emerging from the maze of already established seaweeds. Although, the prospects of forest of Bull Kelp canopy remains in questio...
by Jan K
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:18 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keystone Jetty, Sunday April 11th. The weather was beautiful and many divers found their way to Whidbey. The parking was full and it was a busy even underwater. I encountered large group of GUE divers on my way out when the visibility worsened considerably compared to what it was when I started my d...
by Jan K
Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

April 13th. Update on the mysterious baby rockfish at Keystone. Yesterday I took another picture of one of them and sent it to juvenile rockfish expert at NOAA. He was kind enough to send me his take on the mystery. He and Milton Love agree that it is most likely YOY Puget Sound Rockfish. I included...
by Jan K
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Monterey Bay April 2021
Replies: 11
Views: 507

Re: Monterey Bay April 2021

Wow, what else to say. As usual, great trip report and of course, Great photos to accompany it.
Thanks for whetting my appetite ! :)
by Jan K
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keystone Jetty. Slugs, crabs and seaweed. We got them all :) https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-LMXm3Gg/0/875b4505/XL/4.9.21%20Clown%20nudibranch-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-GQfHnLF/0/943620a0/XL/4.9.21%20juvenile%20Scaled%20crab%20-XL.jpg https://photos.s...
by Jan K
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keystone April 9th. Little bit choppy and overcast skies, but good visibility, about 25 feet beneath the waves. Still not a sign of Bull kelp, plenty of the invasive Japanese wireweed. Other kelp species seem to be doing OK, the Sugar wrack, Stalked kelp ad miscellaneous red seaweeds begin to cover ...
by Jan K
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

April 5th. Skyline. Red and orange are the colors of Skyline. Cucumbers, fish and scaleworms - brighten up the dives here these days... https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Fidalgo-Island-and-vicinity/i-b9frsrK/0/9f08c559/XL/4.5.21%20Skyline%20dive%201-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Fidalgo-Isl...
by Jan K
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

April 2nd. Driftwood Park Pond. The slimy algae is starting to take over the shallows. Moon jellies still present, some displaying the weird upside down mode. Surprisingly, some of the oysters which somebody dumped in from the road, are still alive. The hardy Sticklebacks are hugging the very shallo...
by Jan K
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Deception Pass April 4. Unlike two weeks ago, the one hour and five minute difference between the old and new current tables were opposite in their prediction. This time, new tables were correct. Of course, because we had Small Craft Warning West winds during the night, there was quite a surge at th...
by Jan K
Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Thanks Curt, it is satisfying to add another specie to the list of critters found. Of course, diving the same places over and over, make it harder. Well, it looks like we will have to wait and see the baby rockfish grow little older until we can be sure who they are. These Keystone Jetty youngsters ...
by Jan K
Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Possession Point Fingers, March 31st. Adding new fish to the list is getting harder and harder. Diving the wall, I spotted this small fish under an overhang, could not get a better angle, so have to settle for this. In spite of its name, the Puget Sound sculpin eluded me all these years I been divin...
by Jan K
Thu Apr 01, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Scuba Jess (and others) in the news!
Replies: 7
Views: 428

Re: Scuba Jess (and others) in the news!

You guys are becoming, deservingly, quite a media stars !
Congratulations! Making our favorite diving spots known to the world of non-divers and showing then that there is more to it than just rushing water under the bridge... :)
by Jan K
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keystone Jetty, March 29th. While Pat found many Lumpsuckers and I didn't see not even one, I found GPO out in the open, which at the jetty is a rare sight these days. Not a Giant one, but now I settle for any size ... I managed to get air leak on my pressure gauge and still can't find a single blad...
by Jan K
Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keystone Jetty scenes. The male Scalyhead sculpin residing on the Rock of Life keeps on getting all the attention of females, adding eggs inside his Giant barnacle home. Lingcod giving me the evil eyes and few slug encounters to add to the collection. https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/...
by Jan K
Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Skyline March 26th. The Stimpson's aka Striped sun stars were nice, but the red juvenile Kelp greenling (if it is what I think I saw), was a nice surprise. I have never seen that color variation before. https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Fidalgo-Island-and-vicinity/i-JgV6rZX/0/3c06952a/XL/3.26.21%20Sk...
by Jan K
Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keystone March 27th. Some of the views ... https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-DSJN7x9/0/9fca8031/XL/3.27.21%20Keystone%20Jetty-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-gbbt7D8/0/814223c5/XL/3.27.21%20Keystone%20Leather%20star-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Key...
by Jan K
Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

The three roses of Possession Point Fingers. Sand Rose Anemones that is, They thrive here, there are many small juveniles, but these three are big and beautiful, interestingly, each one little bit different from the others. https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Possession-Point/i-nQktCpr/0/901a107f/XL/3....
by Jan K
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Possession Point Fingers, March 23, 2021. The days are going by faster and faster, it seems. Or maybe I am getting slower and slower. Trying to keep up with load of pixels in my hard drive. Here are some invertebrates from that dive. Starfish and cucumber... https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Possessi...
by Jan K
Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Deception Pass, March 21. Although these two critters are described as a common, somehow this was the first time I photographed them. And it was during the last minutes of my hour long dive, after the safety stop over the gravel and sand bottom near point of entry/exit on the Little North Beach... h...
by Jan K
Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:14 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Deception Pass March 21st. Once again, we were hoping to find at least one Lingcod guarding eggs since the observations around Whidbey Island this year are to date very dismal. Visibility was bad which didn't help in our survey, but the currents were mild helping with our mission. Not one nest was f...
by Jan K
Tue Mar 23, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4690
Views: 608853

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keystone Jetty, March 16. I did not find the Lingcod egg nest divers found on Saturday. I searched the area where it was discovered, but did not find the guardian Lingcod, nor the nest. However I did find even more elusive critter - one lonely Northern aka Pinto abalone ! https://photos.smugmug.com/...