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by oldsalt
Wed May 09, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Swimming Eagle
Replies: 4
Views: 178

Re: Swimming Eagle

YellowEye wrote:Very cool!
Do you know if he made it out with the prey?

I couldn't see all the way to the shore where he was. The other two times I have seen this they made it in with a cormorant. Grisly.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Tue May 08, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Swimming Eagle
Replies: 4
Views: 178

Swimming Eagle

EagleSwim.JPG

I saw an eagle swimming toward shore today. I have seen this before when one grabs a prey which is too heavy for it to fly, so it uses its wings to paddle. The resolution is low because I had to really crop it, but taking the picture was a good break from mowing the lawn.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3891
Views: 312956

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Keeping track of nomenclature will keep you occupied for the rest of your life. It will never be settled and always disputed. I applaud your efforts. Metridium senile is one of the first I learned a half century ago. In that interval I have become Curt senile. :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Gray whale behavior
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Re: Gray whale behavior

Last Sunday I was diving Hat Island barges. Just as I was getting back on the boat a gray whale surfaced about 50 feet away. It showed its back and then flukes. It resurfaced a few hundred yards away in the bay south of the marina, splashed around a bit in shallow water then did the spy thing in yo...
by oldsalt
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Gray whale behavior
Replies: 6
Views: 220

Gray whale behavior

Watching whales provides me with some compensation for having to give up diving. In addition my travels to see whales, I am fortunate that I can observe them from my home here on the sound. One difference I have noticed is that the whales seem to be more social this year. Normally solitary, they han...
by oldsalt
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Mixotroph article
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Re: Mixotroph article

Alex: Thank you. I read the article in my dead tree copy of the magazine. I have been trying unsuccessfully to find the link to respond to Waynne's request.
-Curt :thankyouyellow:
by oldsalt
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Mixotroph article
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Mixotroph article

I have been happily out of the loop for several years while enjoying my retirement. An article in the April Scientific American titled " The Perfect Beast" shook me from my "dogmatic slumber". The article dealt with mixotrophs, organisms which both photosynthesize and consume oth...
by oldsalt
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3891
Views: 312956

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: As a whale enthusiast, I read your posting with great interest. I have been watching three grays feeding in front of my house for the last month. One of them appears to be a juvenile similar to the one you photographed. Since they have been hanging out on the east of Whidbey, I doubt it is the ...
by oldsalt
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3891
Views: 312956

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: You are getting spoiled. You are doing a new dive, in warm clear water, with your daughter. I would not dismiss any of the adventures I had with my sons. Is that Maya using the side mounts ?
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: The Muk
Replies: 9
Views: 384

Re: The Muk

Chris: I wonder of the new ferry pier, when constructed, will serve to divert the currents the way the old pier did. You can let us know when it happens.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Nanaimo - Dodd's Narrows Weekend!
Replies: 9
Views: 358

Re: Nanaimo - Dodd's Narrows Weekend!

My experience with Dodd is lots of boast traffic. The time to dive it is also the time to transit it. The rule was "Stay down! Don't surface in the narrows." Since you were going in the off season, how was the boat traffic?
-Curt
p.s. Thanks for the posting.
by oldsalt
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: ThThTh Invades Anilao, Philippines
Replies: 39
Views: 1214

Re: ThThTh Invades Anilao, Philippines

While I have dived PI a few times while deployed in the navy (1966-1990), you saw so much more than I saw. You mentioned Pong with his thick accent. When I am in a situation in which I struggle to understand, I realize it is because the speaker speaks my language better than I speak his. What a marv...
by oldsalt
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Trip Report, Florida Keys: actually just a video :-)
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Trip Report, Florida Keys: actually just a video :-)

Wow. Sharks, morays, turtles, wrecks - wonderful. While my first tropical dive was in Florida (1964), the Keys were still on my bucket list when I had to give up diving. Your video is a close as I will get. Thanks for posting.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Blue Planet 2
Replies: 5
Views: 437

Re: Blue Planet 2

I think the collective product of the regular photographers and observers on this site rival the Blue Planet. I love the Blue Planet enough that I have purchased the DVDs, yet I eagerly log on to NWDC to see what you all post. As one who has been forced to give up diving, but remains fascinated by t...
by oldsalt
Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Mamma whale, baby whale
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Mamma whale, baby whale

I think it curious that the 49th and 50th states, Alaska and Hawaii, serve as the endpoints of the humpback whale migration. They make the open ocean transit from their feeding waters in Alaska to their breeding waters in Hawaii. This differs from the gray whales which are feeding now in Puget Sound...
by oldsalt
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3891
Views: 312956

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

This shows that field identification of so many organisms just isn't possible. In this case, it required microscopic examination by an expert. It reminds me of a time when I had been diagnosed with a tapeworm. My physician narrowed it down to a few. We were going through the books together trying to...
by oldsalt
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3891
Views: 312956

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Is it plant, animal, or something else? :questionmarks:
Curt
by oldsalt
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Queen Charlette Islands
Replies: 3
Views: 350

Re: Queen Charlette Islands

https://www.haidagwaii.net/esss/diving.htm
I found this website. It appears to be up to date.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3891
Views: 312956

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

When I look at the pictures of the marvelous variety of seastars, I am reminded of a conversation I had with another diver. We were both from Puget Sound and were diving in Fiji. He made the comment that he didn't dive in Puget Sound, because "There is nothing to see there." I mentioned th...
by oldsalt
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: 2017, Wrapping Up - # of Dives? Highlights? Lowlights?
Replies: 43
Views: 2144

Re: 2017, Wrapping Up - # of Dives? Highlights? Lowlights?

60south wrote:
Highlights: Finding a drone and two skate boards off Port Townsend. Oh, that and graduating with a PhD.


Congratulations, doctor.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Whale Tales
Replies: 5
Views: 400

Whale Tales

I try to get down to the Oregon coast over New Years each year to catch the start of the gray whale migration. It is easy to be dismissive of an animal which seems so common, but the other populations a gray whale are either extinct or nearly so. Our northeast Pacific population is the lone exceptio...
by oldsalt
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3891
Views: 312956

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Ghost shrimp are a preferred food for gray whales. The state stopped issuing commercial fishing licenses to encourage the whales to keep feeding. It might be fun to dive the same spot after the whales have made their first pass through in the spring to see how the bottom looks then.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3891
Views: 312956

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: While a long way from Whidbey Island, and not many critters, this is a wonderful series. Your photography skills didn't abandon you on the trip south. What a marvelous birthday gift. In my mind, the best part was having Maya go along. Happy birthday.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: jellyfish vs seastar
Replies: 1
Views: 342

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: 1122

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...

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