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by oldsalt
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4365
Views: 475393

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Congratulations on a new species. In birding circles, it would be referred to as a "lifer", that is a new one to add to your life list.
-Curt :salute:
by oldsalt
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4365
Views: 475393

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Wow. A monograph describing Salish Sea life dating back to 1845-55.The timing is amazing when you consider the Denny's started building a log cabin at the site that became Seattle in 1851 and Isaac Ebey arrived at Whidbey Island in 1850. Published studies of marine life existed prior to any signific...
by oldsalt
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4365
Views: 475393

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

I thought i knew something about clamworms. It seems that what I knew is now wrong. Thanks, Jan :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4365
Views: 475393

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: You saw no wasting, but were any pycnopodia present?
-Curt
by oldsalt
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Bottle Thread
Replies: 221
Views: 63493

Re: The Bottle Thread

60south: I only give advice if asked, but I support your intention of disposing of the ammo. While I was not EOD, I spent much of my navy career in mine warfare. What most people think of as a mine, the moored contact mine dates back well over a 100 years. Salt water is supposed to make the explosiv...
by oldsalt
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: whales and isolation
Replies: 7
Views: 423

Re: whales and isolation

The birds are a mix of diving ducks: surf scoters, mergansers, bufflehead, and goldeneyes. They often signal the location of the whales. My guess is that as the whales feed by scooping up the bottom they also stir up organisms the ducks feed upon. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, until somebo...
by oldsalt
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Bottle Thread
Replies: 221
Views: 63493

Re: The Bottle Thread

Thank you 60south, Roxndox, and JimboAk for the history lessons.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: whales and isolation
Replies: 7
Views: 423

whales and isolation

We are taking the virus threat seriously. Older people with "underlying conditions" are particularly at risk. That's us. We are both 76. My wife is undergoing cancer treatment and I am under care for a heart condition. Fortunately, we live on the Sound and it provides stimulation. In the time we hav...
by oldsalt
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Galapagos on the Deep Blue
Replies: 13
Views: 568

Re: Galapagos on the Deep Blue

Each one of these pictures deserves a poster. I still hope to see a whale shark one day. Congratulations. Being a whale geek, I am guessing those are bottlenose dolphins. Do you know?
Thanks, Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: "Advanced" and "perfected" diving
Replies: 1
Views: 252

"Advanced" and "perfected" diving

I just ran across this excerpt from an 1870 edition of Scientific American. "No operation in submarine engineering is more important or attended with greater personal risk than diving. The art has, however, been so far advanced, and the apparatus for diving has been so far perfected, that divers now...
by oldsalt
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Down the memory line
Replies: 377
Views: 104856

Re: Down the memory line

Wow. What did I do with my life? :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Snorkeling in Panama, and more
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Snorkeling in Panama, and more

I used to celebrate my birthdays with a dive. As a former diver, I celebrated my 76th by snorkeling in Panama. This first shot is an attempt at over/under with my little camera. You can see the jungle in the background. DSCF1127.JPG The reef offered many of my old tropical friends: Moorish idols, se...
by oldsalt
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Bubbles and Suds 1/29
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: Bubbles and Suds 1/29

Years ago, I ran into lobsters while diving Edmonds. I reported it to the game warden. He told me some Buddhists practice releasing live animals into the wild, and this was the result of that. He also said it was considered invasive, so the next time I saw it to take it home and eat it. -Curt :rawli...
by oldsalt
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Local Shark Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 920

Re: Local Shark Questions

I dived in northwest waters for over 50 years and never saw a sixgill. This included going on a "Sixgill expedition" with a group of photojournalists near Hornby Island. We were skunked. I made several dives seeking the elusive shark, including return trips to Hornby, Tyler Rock in Barkley Sound, an...
by oldsalt
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Critter Junkies in Ambon, Indonesia
Replies: 18
Views: 1090

Re: Critter Junkies in Ambon, Indonesia

Thanks for taking this armchair diver to a place I'll never go. Wonderful.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: ThThTh 12/19/2019
Replies: 4
Views: 526

Re: ThThTh 12/19/2019

I imaging how strange our conversations would sound to an eavesdropper with comments such as "beautiful shots of grunts and lumpies". Anyway, they are.
-Curt :D
by oldsalt
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: The Banda Sea aboard the MSY Seahorse
Replies: 11
Views: 896

Re: The Banda Sea aboard the MSY Seahorse

Stephen: Magnificent. Sailing and diving are two activities I cherish, but have given up. I appreciate your effort and creative genius. I'm sure the Seahorse was more luxurious than any of the boats I dived from.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4365
Views: 475393

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan, This is so cool. Your skill as an observer continues to astound me. Your historical vignette about Hirohito's passion for marine biology strikes a nostalgic chord for me. In 1969, while convalescing from wounds, I was assigned to the naval hospital in Yokosuka, Japan. Bike riding accelerated my...
by oldsalt
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: "Fish gotta fly, birds gotta swim"
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Re: "Fish gotta fly, birds gotta swim"

Carl: I love the picture of the cormorant. I think it's a Brandt's. You can join the ranks of underwater birders. You can make it a total of three people. An old dive buddy got me started when he saw a belted kingfisher at 60 ft. I've never seen that, but I have a half dozen species I have seen unde...
by oldsalt
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4365
Views: 475393

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: While I continue to delight in photos of the favorites (octos, lumpies, grunts, etc.), you have sure shown us some things not normally photographed. These organisms are probably not uncommon, just not sought out. Good work. - Curt
by oldsalt
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4365
Views: 475393

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: I love that your posts include some of my favorite dives (Keystone, Deception, Possession) and places I have never dived (Lagoon, Coupeville, Holmes Harbor). You prove even the most uninviting spots provide fascinating critters. And your cartoon of the indecent sapsucker is hilarious. -Curt :ra...
by oldsalt
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: November whales
Replies: 4
Views: 630

November whales

I went whale watching from Victoria. We first went across Haro Strait, finding a couple of Orca near Lime Kiln Lighthouse. DSC_2862.JPG DSC_2846.JPG They were being followed by researchers gathering their scat to monitor their diet and general health. I wondered how you convince a killer whale to pr...
by oldsalt
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Is it Art? I don't care, I want it.
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Re: Is it Art? I don't care, I want it.

Yes! Art with a capital A!
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4365
Views: 475393

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

A belated Happy Birthday youngster.
-Curt :bday: :partydance: :supz: :joshsmith:
by oldsalt
Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: "Trashure" huntin'
Replies: 6
Views: 788

Re: "Trashure" huntin'

Not intending to hijack this thread, but those anchors appear to be the Baldt anchor, which is very familiar to Navy veterans. The stockless anchor was used because it fit into a hawsepipe. Can you tell me where you found them?
-Curt