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by oldsalt
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Happy Birthday Jan!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 272

Re: Happy Birthday Jan!!!

Belated birthday wishes youngster. You are an inspiration to us all.
-Curt (Ah, to be 71 again) :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Secret Reef
Replies: 7
Views: 394

Re: Secret Reef

Chris: There is a spot in Haro Strait that we called Secret Reef. It offered much the same, lingcod and rockfish. It's good to see divers are still seeking out those spots.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4003
Views: 355810

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

I'm glad you're still posting. Since I gave up diving, the pictures from the members of the board are my opportunity to "look under the tent". I still watch sea critters, mostly whales. I watched a gray whale feeding yesterday. I doubt that I will ever see a "flying slug" again e...
by oldsalt
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Dusty
Replies: 33
Views: 1170

Re: Dusty

Rich: I am so relieved to hear from you. Take heart. Yesterday I went to the gym and worked out with a friend who had the same surgery over twenty years ago. He's 88 years old and does a full circuit with the weights then walks a mile and a half. Hang in there.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Dusty
Replies: 33
Views: 1170

Re: Dusty

Dusty: When you log on, let us know how the surgery went. We were pulling for you last Friday. I hope you are in full recovery by know.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: San Juan Diving
Replies: 6
Views: 293

Re: San Juan Diving

Thank you for posting. The San Juans were my diving destination for years. Yelloweye: the red beaked gull is a Heerman's Gull. I miss diving.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Dusty
Replies: 33
Views: 1170

Re: Dusty

Rich, You are in my prayers. I know this is very frightening surgery. Let us know when you have returned from the operating table.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4003
Views: 355810

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: An amazing variety of organisms. Your postings refute the statement I've heard several times, "There's nothing to see down there."
Thanks for your work. Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4003
Views: 355810

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

I wish regeneration worked for people. My right hand has stayed the same for nearly 50 years.
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Curt ;)
by oldsalt
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4003
Views: 355810

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Few sights from my cruise in British Columbia/ And no, I did not pay 461,500 dollars per week plus expenses. But I did snorkel close to it, looking under the floating docks for critters ... :) :) :) Jan, In cruising BC waters in my own boats for nearly half a century, I realized I would never trade...
by oldsalt
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Isla Mujeres Whale Sharks
Replies: 11
Views: 492

Re: Isla Mujeres Whale Sharks

I am awestruck. When I mentioned your pictures to a prominent local diver (you would recognize his name), he said, "That is why I don't post my pictures anymore. The people on NWdiveclub website are just too good."
Dreams of whalesharks, Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Whale report
Replies: 8
Views: 393

Re: Whale report

Some friends of mine had a really cool (and rare!) encounter with a breaching humpback in the middle of Bellingham Bay yesterday afternoon. I'm wondering if it was the same one you spotted in the pass. Wow. Photographing a breaching humpback still eludes me. The appearance of humpbacks is one of th...
by oldsalt
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Whale report
Replies: 8
Views: 393

Whale report

As I type this a Gray Whale spouts in front of my house. While grays are common, their presence at this time of year isn't. With climate change, we have also seen a change in whale behavior. A lone gray was feeding in front of my home when I left yesterday to go whale watching in the San Juans. For ...
by oldsalt
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Canada Tumbo Island
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Canada Tumbo Island

Chris: While I visited TI in my boat, I never got a chance to dive it. According to my books, there are several diveable wrecks off the Island. Keep posting. This site is my window to the underwater world. I like our Jacque Cousteau hat.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Canada Tumbo Island
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Canada Tumbo Island

Chris: While I visited TI in my boat, I never got a chance to dive it. According to my books, there are several diveable wrecks off the Island. Keep posting. This site is my window to the underwater world. I like our Jacque Cousteau hat.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: South Baja 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: South Baja 2018

Bob: Your photo looks like the long-beaked dolphin. Do you know if that is right?
-Curt
by oldsalt
Sat May 26, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Why isn't there diving near Bellingham?
Replies: 7
Views: 721

Re: Why isn't there diving near Bellingham?

The craters in the mud look like the holes left by gray whales when they feed. They can be in amazingly shallow water. Have you seen grays in Samish Bay/Chuckanut waters?
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Holes left by gray whales.

Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Wed May 09, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Swimming Eagle
Replies: 4
Views: 518

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: 518

Swimming Eagle

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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: 4003
Views: 355810

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: 499

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: 499

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: 432

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: 432

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: 4003
Views: 355810

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 ...

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