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by oldsalt
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Canada Tumbo Island
Replies: 4
Views: 160

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: 160

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: 498

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: 461

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: 350

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: 350

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: 3928
Views: 325995

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: 332

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: 332

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: 291

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: 291

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: 3928
Views: 325995

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 ...
by oldsalt
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3928
Views: 325995

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan: You are getting spoiled. You are doing a new dive, in warm clear water, with your daughter. I would not dismiss any of the adventures I had with my sons. Is that Maya using the side mounts ?
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: The Muk
Replies: 9
Views: 544

Re: The Muk

Chris: I wonder of the new ferry pier, when constructed, will serve to divert the currents the way the old pier did. You can let us know when it happens.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Nanaimo - Dodd's Narrows Weekend!
Replies: 9
Views: 475

Re: Nanaimo - Dodd's Narrows Weekend!

My experience with Dodd is lots of boast traffic. The time to dive it is also the time to transit it. The rule was "Stay down! Don't surface in the narrows." Since you were going in the off season, how was the boat traffic?
-Curt
p.s. Thanks for the posting.
by oldsalt
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: ThThTh Invades Anilao, Philippines
Replies: 39
Views: 1688

Re: ThThTh Invades Anilao, Philippines

While I have dived PI a few times while deployed in the navy (1966-1990), you saw so much more than I saw. You mentioned Pong with his thick accent. When I am in a situation in which I struggle to understand, I realize it is because the speaker speaks my language better than I speak his. What a marv...
by oldsalt
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Trip Report, Florida Keys: actually just a video :-)
Replies: 3
Views: 232

Re: Trip Report, Florida Keys: actually just a video :-)

Wow. Sharks, morays, turtles, wrecks - wonderful. While my first tropical dive was in Florida (1964), the Keys were still on my bucket list when I had to give up diving. Your video is a close as I will get. Thanks for posting.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Blue Planet 2
Replies: 5
Views: 562

Re: Blue Planet 2

I think the collective product of the regular photographers and observers on this site rival the Blue Planet. I love the Blue Planet enough that I have purchased the DVDs, yet I eagerly log on to NWDC to see what you all post. As one who has been forced to give up diving, but remains fascinated by t...
by oldsalt
Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Mamma whale, baby whale
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Mamma whale, baby whale

I think it curious that the 49th and 50th states, Alaska and Hawaii, serve as the endpoints of the humpback whale migration. They make the open ocean transit from their feeding waters in Alaska to their breeding waters in Hawaii. This differs from the gray whales which are feeding now in Puget Sound...
by oldsalt
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3928
Views: 325995

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

This shows that field identification of so many organisms just isn't possible. In this case, it required microscopic examination by an expert. It reminds me of a time when I had been diagnosed with a tapeworm. My physician narrowed it down to a few. We were going through the books together trying to...
by oldsalt
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3928
Views: 325995

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Is it plant, animal, or something else? :questionmarks:
Curt
by oldsalt
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Queen Charlette Islands
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Re: Queen Charlette Islands

https://www.haidagwaii.net/esss/diving.htm
I found this website. It appears to be up to date.
-Curt
by oldsalt
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3928
Views: 325995

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

When I look at the pictures of the marvelous variety of seastars, I am reminded of a conversation I had with another diver. We were both from Puget Sound and were diving in Fiji. He made the comment that he didn't dive in Puget Sound, because "There is nothing to see there." I mentioned th...
by oldsalt
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: 2017, Wrapping Up - # of Dives? Highlights? Lowlights?
Replies: 43
Views: 2651

Re: 2017, Wrapping Up - # of Dives? Highlights? Lowlights?

60south wrote:
Highlights: Finding a drone and two skate boards off Port Townsend. Oh, that and graduating with a PhD.


Congratulations, doctor.
-Curt :rawlings:
by oldsalt
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Whale Tales
Replies: 5
Views: 485

Whale Tales

I try to get down to the Oregon coast over New Years each year to catch the start of the gray whale migration. It is easy to be dismissive of an animal which seems so common, but the other populations a gray whale are either extinct or nearly so. Our northeast Pacific population is the lone exceptio...

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