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by oldsalt
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4287
Views: 437538

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: 4287
Views: 437538

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: 389

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: 204

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: 4287
Views: 437538

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: 521

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
by oldsalt
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Great day diving with Papa Z! Video! Octo x 2!
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Great day diving with Papa Z! Video! Octo x 2!

Generational diving. Love it!
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: I'd Rather be Diving
Replies: 8
Views: 549

Re: I'd Rather be Diving

Life will be changed for you but, fortunately, it hasn't ended. Make the most of it. May you recover fully.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Victoria, BC Race Rocks Away Mission
Replies: 16
Views: 942

Re: Victoria, BC Race Rocks Away Mission

Wow. I admire your work. In my half century of diving, I never produced pictures like yours. Race rocks stands out in my memory with the lighthouse, elephant seals, and currents. You did well to manage it. Thank you from an old man.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4287
Views: 437538

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

I get great pleasure from seeing the things you observe. Thanks for taking the time to process the pixels.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Redondo 8/24 first time there
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: Redondo 8/24 first time there

Of course, a diver would have a son named Fin. Thanks for posting. The shots of the reds came out great. Advice from an old guy who has been there: Cherish every dive you have with your son.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: My Diving Accident End of June
Replies: 14
Views: 692

Re: My Diving Accident End of June

First of all, I, too wish you good luck on your recovery. Like some of the others here, I suffered through eye injury but even that didn't require a cornea transplant as you have gone through. I was pretty much shredded by a grenade in Vietnam. The doctors were focused on saving my life and major bo...
by oldsalt
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Keystone 8/11 -- dive 700 for scuba jess!
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: Keystone 8/11 -- dive 700 for scuba jess!

Wow. We stopped at Keystone yesterday and I took pictures of the young herons. I wish I were still diving. Your pictures bring it all back for me. Thank you. -Curt :rawlings: p.s. Just to come clean. Me: " I'm in love with another woman." Wife: "Who is it this time?" Me: "Scubajess." Wife: "Oh? Wher...
by oldsalt
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: San Diego, Whales and Dolphins
Replies: 1
Views: 286

San Diego, Whales and Dolphins

We traveled to San Diego for the weekend hoping to see blue or fin whales. We didn't see either, yet came back pleased. Our first boat trip out of Mission Bay produced hundreds of common dolphins, a humpback whale, and several seabirds, some of which were new to me. My second trip was on the schoone...
by oldsalt
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4287
Views: 437538

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

I've read accounts of anemones living for many decades in aquaria - close to a century. 14 years in the wild seems reasonable. Is that a drone shot?
-Curt
by oldsalt
Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Marine Id
Replies: 3
Views: 254

Re: Marine Id

YE: You mention all good sources. Keith maintains a neat project. For years, I traveled on my sailboat with a shelf full of field guides and keys. My life has changed, but watching wildlife still gives me great pleasure. Thank you.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4287
Views: 437538

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Conditions may have been sub-optimal, but you still find interesting things to photograph. Treasure your dives with Maya. I miss diving with my sons.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Westport seabirds, whales, dolphins
Replies: 7
Views: 314

Westport seabirds, whales, dolphins

Once again, I went to sea with Phil and Chris Anderson of Westport Seabirds. Getting far enough offshore to see pelagic birds requires early departure. Sunrise found our enjoying particularly calm seas. DSC_1821.JPG A juvenile tufted puffin greeted us soon after we crossed the bar. DSC_1830.JPG It t...
by oldsalt
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Big Sur
Replies: 3
Views: 319

Re: Big Sur

Absolutely wonderful. I only know Big Sur from the surface, and being a cautious mariner, I gave the coast a wide berth. You gave me a whole new perspective. Your comment about sea lions and mola mola: When I observed this many years ago, I was told that they bit the fins off to immobilize the fish ...
by oldsalt
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Minke Whales
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Minke Whales

Mt wife and I spent the fourth on a whale watching cruise in the San Juans. For over forty years we traveled these waters in our own boat, so we found ourselves sailing in the wake of many memories. The most interesting animals we found were three Minke whales feeding south of Cattle Point. Just as ...
by oldsalt
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Okay ... another what is this?
Replies: 8
Views: 849

Re: Okay ... another what is this?

Reminds me of a recent conversation with a diver at Edmonds. After my recounting my old story about seeing a salmon shark in the San Juans, he counters, "I saw a hammerhead at Kayak Point." Trying to conceal my disbelief, I made some non-committal response. He follows with, "It must have had a woode...
by oldsalt
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Happy Birthday ScubaJess!!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 700

Re: Happy Birthday ScubaJess!!!!

Happy B'day to SJ and YE. I regret that I will never be able to dive with either of you. Your posts delight me. I feel that I am a friend.
Keep it coming, Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Wed May 15, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4287
Views: 437538

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: I love these posts. Several comments. In my recent trips through Deception, I tell those with me to check these posts because amazing as the pass is, it is more so underwater. Many times I would leave port in my sailboat, cruising through the magic of a sunny morning, just to encounter a curtai...
by oldsalt
Thu May 09, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Pinnipeds, whales, and seabirds
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: Pinnipeds, whales, and seabirds

Wow!!! WEstport Seabirds? Is it a charter company? Curious. Kirsten Kirsten: Yes. The owners, Phil and Chris Anderson, do regular surveys of pelagic seabirds and cetaceans and take people out with them. Phil is not only a long time charter boat captain, but he is the former director of Washington S...
by oldsalt
Wed May 08, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Pinnipeds, whales, and seabirds
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Pinnipeds, whales, and seabirds

While on a diving trip at Race Rocks, a few years ago, we saw all five pinnipeds located in our waters: harbor seal, California sea lion, Steller's sea lion, northern fur seal, and elephant seal. I repeated that experience while out with Westport Seabirds last weekend. We first encountered this tagg...