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by Jan K
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4681
Views: 605248

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: 4681
Views: 605248

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: 4681
Views: 605248

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: 4681
Views: 605248

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: 4681
Views: 605248

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: 383

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: 4681
Views: 605248

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: 4681
Views: 605248

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: 4681
Views: 605248

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: 4681
Views: 605248

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: 4681
Views: 605248

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: 4681
Views: 605248

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: 4681
Views: 605248

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: 4681
Views: 605248

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: 4681
Views: 605248

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/...
by Jan K
Mon Mar 22, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4681
Views: 605248

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keystone Jetty March 15 & 16. Lots of Red Sea Cucumbers spawning. https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-h8WkN5J/0/a747ea7b/XL/3.16.21%20Spawning%20Red%20cucumber%201-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-HdSj7nK/0/34c8472e/XL/3.16.21%20Red%20cucumber%20spawning%202%20-...
by Jan K
Sun Mar 21, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4681
Views: 605248

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Tuesday, March 16, 2021. I had the jetty all to myself on yet another calm, sunny day. Last Saturday, Tabitha snapped picture of me so I don't have to rely on selfie for today's post. Thank you T. :) Finding the healthy Sunflower star at the end of jetty was nice. https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Ke...
by Jan K
Sat Mar 20, 2021 10:05 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4681
Views: 605248

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keystone Jetty March madness continues :). After a windy Sunday cancelled diving there, Monday the 15th was gorgeous again, the seas calm and the sun shining. The highlight of the dive was finding a tiny slug feeding on Coarse Sea fern. The colors did not fit any of the nudies in my books. After con...
by Jan K
Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:10 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4681
Views: 605248

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Reproduction time at the jetty. The Scalyhead sculpins are very busy this time of the year, the empty Giant barnacle shells are very desirable place for the colorful males. They try to convince females to come inside and start a family. Or two :) Nudibranchs have it a little easier, being both, male...
by Jan K
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4681
Views: 605248

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keystone Jetty March 13th. Saturday's beautiful weather brought a great number of divers to enjoy what jetty has to offer. I had the pleasure to meet some of them underwater. Some I recognize, most I don't, for we all look kind of alike in our mostly dark colored gear ... :) https://photos.smugmug.c...
by Jan K
Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4681
Views: 605248

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keystone Jetty, March 12th. Yes, it is the weather - another jetty dive, more stuff to look at. Nice surprise was to find a large, healthy Sunflower star. https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-mzLmQxB/0/13e7d4f9/XL/3.12.21%20Keystone%20Jetty%20dive%201-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/O...
by Jan K
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4681
Views: 605248

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Coldfinger, I am glad you enjoy my postings. Lets hope the Bull Kelp will return... Keystone March 11th. The jetty diving under the calm seas continue. Except the visibility got somewhat compromised for while by the wake from passing cargo ship. https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-Pq2k...
by Jan K
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Sekiu 3/12/21
Replies: 10
Views: 621

Re: Sekiu 3/12/21

Great report with great pics.
Thank you for taking time to do this.
by Jan K
Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4681
Views: 605248

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keystone Jetty, March 10th. Four days of diving the jetty, did not have time to sort it all out yet. Daylight Saving Time change make you feel crabby? Here are some crabs from Wednesday dive when the weather was nicer too... https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-kxNDBSk/0/25858799/XL/3.1...
by Jan K
Sat Mar 13, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4681
Views: 605248

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keystone Jetty, March 13th. I don't think we can blame sea urchins for this. In last three days, after I did my safety stop at the end of the dive, I swam around the shallows among the increasingly taller Japanese wireweed in search for the new generation of Bull Kelp. I checked phots from year ago,...