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by oldsalt
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Release the Kraken!
Replies: 8
Views: 224

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: 87

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: 4466
Views: 508816

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: 84

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: 215

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: 4466
Views: 508816

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: 4466
Views: 508816

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: 4466
Views: 508816

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: 453

Re: Happy Birthday Scuba Jess!

Jess: I hope it was a great day. I have been watching you from afar.
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spyhopping
-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: 498

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: 740

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: 218

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: 4466
Views: 508816

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
by oldsalt
Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4466
Views: 508816

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: I often see bufflehead, mergansers, and other fish-eating diving birds swimming on that pond. Now I know what they are looking for, and I realize why the fish hide under the logs. I wonder how those spines feel on the throat as the birds swallow the fish.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Photos to view during lockdown
Replies: 6
Views: 1055

Re: Photos to view during lockdown

Thank you.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Name that whale
Replies: 2
Views: 518

Re: Name that whale

Jan: Coming into Puget Sound to feed on ghost shrimp was referred to as a "high rick strategy". I don't know the scientific consensus, but with the abnormally high mortality of gray whales last year, none of the Sounders were lost. CRC uses drones to assess the overall health of the gray whales. Ess...
by oldsalt
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Name that whale
Replies: 2
Views: 518

Name that whale

My fascination with whales goes back a long time. In 1960, a pod of Orca surrounded the boat I was rowing. I was frightened. They were bigger than our boat and the dorsal fin of the bull rose above the head of this seated teenage rower. This was before we gave them cute names; there was no Shamu or ...
by oldsalt
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4466
Views: 508816

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: 4466
Views: 508816

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: 4466
Views: 508816

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: 4466
Views: 508816

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: 237
Views: 73076

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: 8
Views: 1188

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: 237
Views: 73076

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: 8
Views: 1188

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...