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by oldsalt
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Whales: Blue, Humpback, Gray
Replies: 6
Views: 346

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: 174

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: 174

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: 346

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: 4540
Views: 534742

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: 4540
Views: 534742

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: 473

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: 924

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: 473

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: 473

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: 4540
Views: 534742

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: 4540
Views: 534742

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:
by oldsalt
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Release the Kraken!
Replies: 8
Views: 463

Re: Release the Kraken!

I wonder if the Seattle team will adopt the tradition of throwing dead octopus on the ice.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Crab catch bag....
Replies: 1
Views: 185

Re: Crab catch bag....

I still have several from my diving days if you want them.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4540
Views: 534742

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Reading the details of the amphipod makes his dwelling seem kind of yucky. Also, with the large range of tides today, currents in the pass are pushing 8 knots. Difficult diving. Thanks, Jan, for continuing to post.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Whales ride the tide
Replies: 0
Views: 488

Whales ride the tide

Gray whales have been spouting as regular as Old Faithful. During this Covid era, every high tide brings in two or three whales. Usually they are too far out to get any pictures. On the fourth of July one came in extremely close to our bank. Here is it moving toward our home. DSC_4281.JPG This shows...
by oldsalt
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A belated birth announcement
Replies: 6
Views: 443

Re: A belated birth announcement

Wonderful. You are embarking on life's greatest adventure. I distinctly remember the first time my son said, "Dad, those tanks are too heavy for you. let me carry them." It will come to you faster than you can believe it. Enjoy this time. It passes fast.
-Great grandpa Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4540
Views: 534742

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: I've come across the odd sand dollar in Puget Sound, but you seem to find them in abundance in Holmes Harbor. I know a spot off Bainbridge Island where they were found in abundance. Have you encountered them anywhere else?
-Curt :questionmarks:
by oldsalt
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4540
Views: 534742

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Fish, ascidians, anemones, amphipods, medusae - a wonderful diversity of animals. Seeing your picture of the instructor with the "follow me" caption reminds me of a divemaster I followed years ago. She had one brightly colored blue fin, and an equally bright yellow fin. No problem picking her out in...
by oldsalt
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4540
Views: 534742

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Wow Jan, you're rewriting the books again. Porlier Pass, Fearnie Bluff, Agamemnon Channel, and Deception Pass . I've dived each of those places, but don't remember seeing Aldisa . Not surprising, each one provides a bounty of novel sights - shipwrecks, cloud sponges, amazing walls - I would probably...
by oldsalt
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Happy Birthday Scuba Jess!
Replies: 9
Views: 758

Re: Happy Birthday Scuba Jess!

Jess: I hope it was a great day. I have been watching you from afar.
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-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Tue May 26, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: 25-may-2020: seattle tennis club wrecks
Replies: 3
Views: 642

Re: 25-may-2020: seattle tennis club wrecks

These wrecks may be just algae covered chunks of wood now, but they bear a history and many stories relate to them. I'm a fan. Thanks for the post.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Tue May 12, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: San Juan
Replies: 7
Views: 976

Re: San Juan

Love it. For many years, the San Juans were my go to dive, but you notice things I overlooked. Good stuff.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Tue May 12, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Whales and Boats
Replies: 1
Views: 320

Whales and Boats

Even though the law tells boaters to give a wide berth to whales, the whales don't always make it possible. Here are several instances I have seen this week while watching whales from home. DSC_4108 (2).JPG DSC_4110.JPG These kayakers decided to watch the whale when it came close by. DSC_4144.JPG Th...
by oldsalt
Fri May 01, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4540
Views: 534742

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: I really admire your ability to find interesting things in what many of us would consider ho-hum dive sites, such as Holmes Harbor or the Driftwood ponds. I've heard that an intelligent man is never bored. -Curt