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by oldsalt
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: jellyfish vs seastar
Replies: 1
Views: 111

jellyfish vs seastar

Although I am a former diver, I still find interesting (to me) things in the sound. While walking the beach I came across the remains of what appears to be a lion's mane consuming a Pycnopodia . I wonder how an animal normally up in the water column would encounter a benthic animal. It didn't work o...
by oldsalt
Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Trapped or sheltering in a lion's mane?
Replies: 14
Views: 491

Re: Trapped or sheltering in a lion's mane?

Derek, there is always something special to being the first. To a climber it's a first ascent, virgin wrecks for wreck divers, for wildlife enthusiasts a first sighting. Congratulations. Greg, thank you for offering your expertise on this and on the web site in general. No one would have known if it...
by oldsalt
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3727
Views: 287682

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: When the orange sea pens "take root", doesn't that lead to a herd of striped nudibranchs stampeding through, or have you noticed that the sea pens can survive in one location for some period of time?
-Curt :questionmarks:
by oldsalt
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A whale of a day
Replies: 3
Views: 295

A whale of a day

I sailed out with Westport Seabirds again last weekend. While we saw about 40 species of seabirds, including some real rarities, but we also identified six species of cetaceans. For this old whale enthusiast, that was a banner day. The first whale encounter came inside the jetty, before we crossed t...
by oldsalt
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Solar eclipse
Replies: 15
Views: 619

Re: Solar eclipse

I drove down to the temporary center of the known universe, Madras, Oregon, and pitched my tent in an entrepreneurial farmer's barnyard. My previous experience, the 1979 eclipse, was completely different. Back then it involved no hype and no cost except for breakfast in a restaurant after the event....
by oldsalt
Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3727
Views: 287682

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: I noticed that the sticklebacks were photographed at Driftwood Park. Were you in the salt water or the ponds east of the shoreline? My sightings of sticklebacks were all ln fresh or briny water, specifically Cranberry Lake at Deception Pass and Lake Erie on Fidalgo Island. I know they are found...
by oldsalt
Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Wildlife from the surface
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Re: Wildlife from the surface

YellowEye wrote:Wow!! What a great set of sightings! How did they find the shark and mola mola, just sailing by or via drone?

The boat captain, Phil Anderson, directed the Department of Fish and Wildlife and is extremely knowledgeable about sea life. He just looked for dorsal fins.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3727
Views: 287682

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: My sense of things, not necessarily true, is that lingcod went from abundant to nearly extinct, only to return when the strict fishing restrictions were placed on them. I also felt the same was true of rockfish, especially the black rockfish. We used to catch them with impunity, no limit, and t...
by oldsalt
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Wildlife from the surface
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Wildlife from the surface

Since I had to give up diving, I have explored the ocean and enjoyed its wildlife in other ways. I just took a trip on a charter boat out of Westport to view pelagic wildlife. I found this a great treat. In my years of working at sea, I could never stop to look at the things I saw. We primarily saw ...
by oldsalt
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Club Dive at Sund Rock
Replies: 22
Views: 1074

Re: Club Dive at Sund Rock

dwashbur wrote:I'm having my left knee replaced on Tuesday, so there's no telling when I'll get back in the water. But in my heart, I'm down there with you. Thanks for a terrific day!

Dave: Good luck tomorrow. May your recovery be swift.
-Curt :salute:
by oldsalt
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Done
Replies: 9
Views: 791

Re: Done

Well friend, I know how it goes. My last dive was just a couple days after we met in Hawaii. You sold your home in the wilderness, I sold my sailboat. Like you, I don't lament what we have given up, but am grateful for what I was able to do. I, also, have been recovering from injuries. Patience is h...
by oldsalt
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3727
Views: 287682

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan, I doubt that courageous young man 49 years ago could have foreseen the amazing adventure that unfolded with your life. Count me as among the people grateful that you made that swim. I'm sitting on my deck looking at Langley as I type this. I wish non-divers could understand the profound change ...
by oldsalt
Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: PBS Big Pacific Series airing Wednesday June 21 at 8pm
Replies: 9
Views: 610

Re: PBS Big Pacific Series airing Wednesday June 21 at 8pm

hbax: We watched the first episode, which is a big deal since we watch so little. I thought you knocked it out of the park. Bravo Zulu.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: what the heck is this?
Replies: 11
Views: 788

Re: what the heck is this?

Someone who knows better has shown up. I was unfamiliar with pyrosomes, so I googled them. They are another free swimming tunicate, closely related to salps. Because they luminesce, they are sometimes called "fire salps". In the novel, "The Highest Tide", a young kid keeps findin...
by oldsalt
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A New Product Idea, The Scorkl! Oh, wait...
Replies: 4
Views: 434

Re: A New Product Idea, The Scorkl! Oh, wait...

Some ideas never die, even bad ones. About 60 years ago Healthways marketed the Snorkair. Instead of a regulator, the mouthpiece had a lever. Bight down on it and it released air; when you needed more pressure, you just bit down harder. No tire pump came with it though.
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-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: what the heck is this?
Replies: 11
Views: 788

Re: what the heck is this?

Bob: Google "salps". They are a free swimming tunicate. Someone who knows better than me may tell you I'm wrong, bit that is what they look like to me.
Curt
by oldsalt
Mon May 29, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3727
Views: 287682

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: Wow. I learn something every day. Until today, I called these Mytilus edulis . But times have changed. It's one reason I keep studying. Another is summed up by a late friend. When asked why he would go through the hardship of going to sea on a research boat at age 90, he answered, "I want ...
by oldsalt
Mon May 22, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Some pics from my recent trip to Barkley Sound
Replies: 25
Views: 1508

Re: Some pics from my recent trip to Barkley Sound

Thank each of you who posted. I miss diving horribly, and your pictures are a treat. In my trips to Barkley Sound, I was driven by two attractions: shipwrecks and six-gills. I was shut out on six-gills, but I remember the wrecks of the car carrier Vanlene and an old steamship, the HMCS Thiepvel. Tha...
by oldsalt
Fri May 12, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3727
Views: 287682

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: I never fail to linger over your pictures, especially now that I have given up diving. Your Double Bluff pictures are equally pleasing. Long before GPS, Double Bluff was a fixed reference for visual navigation as we cruised up Admiralty Inlet on one of my Navy ships. In my mind I can still hear...
by oldsalt
Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Gray whales
Replies: 12
Views: 984

Re: Gray whales

One of the links sent by Bradmond mentions that the gray whales feed on the bottom at high tide. While eating breakfast on my deck this morning I could hear whales blowing. I looked up at three individuals feeding near the shore. They lie on their side and scoop up the sand with their mouths. They f...
by oldsalt
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Gray whales
Replies: 12
Views: 984

Re: Gray whales

Bradmond: Thanks for pointing this out. I missed it. My wife's comment was, "I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often." The fact that the gray whales have become used to boats amplifies the problem. Whales often will go "people watching" with a drifting boat. We have had our ow...
by oldsalt
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Deception Pass & Keystone 4/19
Replies: 5
Views: 488

Re: Deception Pass & Keystone 4/19

I am another one glad to see your post. I miss diving with you.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Gray whales
Replies: 12
Views: 984

Re: Gray whales

YellowEye wrote:Very cool!
Will keep an eye out. Is there a best shore viewing area? Langley?

Langley, Clinton, Kayak Point, or Camano Island State Park are all possibilities. The whale watching boats are good for locating them.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Gray whales
Replies: 12
Views: 984

Gray whales

I have been fascinated by whales ever since rowing into a pod of Orca as a teenager nearly 60 years ago. I am watching gray whales spout from my home on Possession Sound. Yesterday I got a chance to watch them from a boat with a couple of whale researchers. They were young, enthusiastic, and graciou...
by oldsalt
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Alki Sea Lion
Replies: 20
Views: 1457

Re: Alki Sea Lion

I just don't want to be the chew toy for a big playful puppy.
Curt ;)

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