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by oldsalt
Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4682
Views: 605625

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Congratulations on a new sighting.
Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Sat Mar 20, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Sekiu 3/12/21
Replies: 10
Views: 630

Re: Sekiu 3/12/21

Jess, You are an artist.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Sat Mar 13, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Salt Creek Exploratory Dives 3/10/21
Replies: 11
Views: 1463

Re: Salt Creek Exploratory Dives 3/10/21

Thanks for the report, even if a bit disappointing. Nice cave! ...conditions were super calm, maybe 3" waves... Mm, well you and I have a different definition of super calm. Of course, that's probably about as calm as it gets there... Sixty: I think 3 inch waves are calm. I bet you do too. I misrea...
by oldsalt
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4682
Views: 605625

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: I would occasionally find clingfish while tide pooling, but I don't recall seeing one while diving.. Good spot.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Fri Jan 29, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Thanksgiving Trip to the Socorros Islands
Replies: 19
Views: 1483

Re: Thanksgiving Trip to the Socorros Islands

Simply astounding. So many signature animals that most of us will never see, all presented so well. As an old man, sitting at home hiding from the Covids, this was a dream trip. One observation you may have missed. The dolphins, even though they have a whole ocean to spread out in, are swimming in c...
by oldsalt
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Highlights from Redondo!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 423

Re: Highlights from Redondo!!!

Jess: My wife was looking from across the room as I viewed you pictures. She thought the lumpy was Corona virus.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4682
Views: 605625

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: We normally stop at the park at Freeland to look out at Holmes Harbor when we visit the Island. Memories of being anchored there include beautiful calm evenings and some anxious windy nights. When we saw the mast of Family Affair, it marked our greatest fear. The characteristics that made it an...
by oldsalt
Tue Dec 15, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Divers Discover Nazi WW2 Enigma Machine in Baltic Sea
Replies: 2
Views: 378

Re: Divers Discover Nazi WW2 Enigma Machine in Baltic Sea

Sixty: One of my assignments in the (Old) Navy was as crypto officer, where I used equipment very much like that. Cool find and a neat post.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Dolphins Swimming in Bioluminesce
Replies: 4
Views: 681

Re: Dolphins Swimming in Bioluminesce

Sixty: You are right. Absolutely gorgeous. I had a similar experience a few years ago. I was alone on watch after midnight. We were south of Cape Flattery doing a yacht delivery to California. When I heard a splash, I stepped out of the pilot house onto the deck . A pod of Dall's Porpoise was riding...
by oldsalt
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Diving the Strait of Juan de Fuca
Replies: 8
Views: 1298

Re: Diving the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Friends: You bring a great amount of pleasure to this old armchair diver with memories of Salt Creek/Seiku/Neah Bay. YE, each of your pictures is composed beautifully, any one could be framed and hung in my home. Wow. Jess, I love everything you do. I have yet to identify your duck, it is a differen...
by oldsalt
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4682
Views: 605625

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: I delight in your diving Driftwood Ponds. You don't have to fight the crowds and decompression is easy. The diversity of life you find there amazes me. To quote Yogi Berra, "You can see a lot just by looking." But you have to look.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: So this washed up on my beach today...
Replies: 9
Views: 1288

Re: So this washed up on my beach today...

Jim Lynch wrote a novel about unusual critters washing up on the beach in South Sound. It's titled "The Highest Tide". A good read. I'm really old, and have been playing in the sound for over 60 years, and have never seen a sunfish in the sound. I've seen many off the coast, the last time October 4t...
by oldsalt
Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Sekiu
Replies: 9
Views: 1108

Re: Sekiu

Chris: I just noticed this video, I love it for several reasons. Seiku (and Neah Bay) always gave me a diving the frontier feel. You capture that beautifully. Your focus on animals that are common there but not in the Sound was right on. The birds you feature are pelagic cormorants. This is a misnom...
by oldsalt
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Whales: Blue, Humpback, Gray
Replies: 6
Views: 857

Re: Whales: Blue, Humpback, Gray

ScubaJess wrote:
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:26 am
We want to go whale watching with you!!!! Fantastic snaps!!!! :-)
Jess: I would like that. I will PM you when we are planning our next trip. Probably after covid gets under control.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Massive Anchor at Fort Flagler
Replies: 3
Views: 548

Re: Massive Anchor at Fort Flagler

Sixty: You continue to amaze me. I watched the video several times and can't determine what kind of anchor it is. It looks like it is stockless, but the fluke doesn't match the "patent" anchor which was the navy standard for the last century. The shank appears to have a square cross-section. Is tha...
by oldsalt
Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Massive Anchor at Fort Flagler
Replies: 3
Views: 548

Re: Massive Anchor at Fort Flagler

Sixty: You continue to amaze me. I watched the video several times and can't determine what kind of anchor it is. It looks like it is stockless, but the fluke doesn't match the "patent" anchor which was the navy standard for the last century. The shank appears to have a square cross-section. Is that...
by oldsalt
Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Whales: Blue, Humpback, Gray
Replies: 6
Views: 857

Whales: Blue, Humpback, Gray

Whale watching serves as my substitute for diving at this point. I joined Westport Seabirds for their last weekend trips of the season. On Saturday, I immediately identified a spout in the distance as a fin whale. Of course, I was wrong. Another observer on the boat, Jordan Roderick, managed to get ...
by oldsalt
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4682
Views: 605625

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Reading the habitat of the shrimp, I suspect that you are among the few divers to have seen it. Diving Lagoon Point is not as unusual as the Driftwood ponds, but it certainly doesn't rank as a popular dive site. I cherish your search for the unusual. I enjoy the sailfin sculpin as well. i remember t...
by oldsalt
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4682
Views: 605625

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: I tried to explain the seeming disconnect between tides and currents to a physicist friend by drawing pictures when he interrupts, "Water builds up behind the pass. It acts like a capacitor. The same solution to differential equations apply to fluid flow and electricity. I get it." Obviously, h...
by oldsalt
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Whales: Orcas and more
Replies: 9
Views: 990

Re: Whales: Orcas and more

YE: No fishing lines, blue sharks were seen from the surface, like this one.
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I saw two mola molas.
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This one was really big.
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It doesn't take much to entertain me.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Sixgills and more....
Replies: 16
Views: 1766

Re: Sixgills and more....

Envy is a sin, right? Rats. I just sinned again.
-Curt, aka the guy who dived the Salish Sea for over 50 years without seeing a sixgill
by oldsalt
Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Whales: Orcas and more
Replies: 9
Views: 990

Re: Whales: Orcas and more

coldfinger; Watching from shore is a challenge. Living on the water gives me a huge advantage. My best luck has come at Turn Point Light on Stuart Island. We were supposed to be docents at the light, but BLM (the federal agency, not the social movement) closed the Light station for the season. The w...
by oldsalt
Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Whales: Orcas and more
Replies: 9
Views: 990

Whales: Orcas and more

I keep whale journal, kind of like a dive log. Virtually every day this year, I have an entry of seeing gray whales from my home at Tulalip. I have ventured out from my Covid hideaway a couple of times. Once was to watch orca in Saratoga Passage near Camano Island. By now, most of you know we encoun...
by oldsalt
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4682
Views: 605625

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

I had the same experience with the north side of Ewing Island. My first dive there was magical, sponges, urchins, fish...I came back a couple of years later and layers of seaweed with little else. I suspect (hope?) that these are cycles. I will never know, unless somebody else dives it and reports o...
by oldsalt
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4682
Views: 605625

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

The constant change in the marine environment shows the value of visiting the same spot over and over. Divers who say, "I did that spot," are missing a lot. -Curt :rawlings: