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by Greg Jensen
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Small tide change better visibility ???
Replies: 5
Views: 372

Re: Small tide change better visibility ???

Generally speaking, big tides stir things up more. When you have to dive a day with a large exchange, aim for the latter part of the flood as ebbing and low tides are typically poorer. When the vis in central sound goes to crap, head over to Hood Canal. Due to its much milder currents the plankton l...
by Greg Jensen
Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Orange Sea Pens, Flabellina verrucosa, and Other Predators
Replies: 12
Views: 706

Re: Orange Sea Pens, Flabellina verrucosa, and Other Predators

There are a few scattered ones under the bridge, but the big bed is pretty much straight out from the boat launch
by Greg Jensen
Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 2981
Views: 223785

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Southern Hood Canal at the Great Bend- layer of awful vis (3-4 ft) from 20-50 ft; fine below that
by Greg Jensen
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Orange Sea Pens, Flabellina verrucosa, and Other Predators
Replies: 12
Views: 706

Re: Orange Sea Pens, Flabellina verrucosa, and Other Predators

Acres of adult pens near the Fox Island bridge
by Greg Jensen
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Deception Pass gate still locked
Replies: 4
Views: 299

Re: Deception Pass gate still locked

Thanks for the heads-up. I'd planned to dive it Monday, because their web site said it opened at the beginning of March.
by Greg Jensen
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Two different species of GPO
Replies: 4
Views: 527

Re: Two different species of GPO

So far only known from southeastern Alaska to the Bering Sea- though I don't know if anyone has looked for them here yet. Everyone should look through their octo pics and see if they have any.
by Greg Jensen
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: White Juvenile sculpin?
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Re: White Juvenile sculpin?

yep, baby buffalo.
by Greg Jensen
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: 2017, Wrapping Up - # of Dives? Highlights? Lowlights?
Replies: 43
Views: 2495

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

68 dives
Highlights: Channel Is liveaboard, Sea of Cortez, Deception, Salt creek, Victoria
Lowlights: out for 2 months because nurse's aid f..cked up my eardrum DURING MY DIVE PHYSICAL; 3 hours in a recompression chamber with my wife when she got bent on the Sea of Cortez trip
by Greg Jensen
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: FS: Tanks galore! Singles, Doubles, etc.
Replies: 11
Views: 1560

Re: FS: Tanks galore! Singles, Doubles, etc.

Anyone out there? Bueller? Bueller?
by Greg Jensen
Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: FS: Tanks galore! Singles, Doubles, etc.
Replies: 11
Views: 1560

Re: FS: Tanks galore! Singles, Doubles, etc.

Hi
I'll take four of the AL80's if you still have them
Greg

I guess it would be three- just looking for singles
by Greg Jensen
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3913
Views: 320429

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Wolf eels do have bones- as do the true eels
by Greg Jensen
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 3913
Views: 320429

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

The reduced last pair of legs in a king crab is a holdover from their hermit crab ancestry, and they are specialized for cleaning the gills and (in the case of the males) for transferring sperm to females when mating. It is likely that females use them to help keep their eggs clean.
by Greg Jensen
Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Trapped or sheltering in a lion's mane?
Replies: 14
Views: 1185

Re: Trapped or sheltering in a lion's mane?

derekcs wrote:
Thanks for the info! So if I have it right, it's the first live sighting recorded in Puget Sound ever and the first in all of the Salish Sea in 80+ years?


Yep! just a tad jealous
by Greg Jensen
Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Trapped or sheltering in a lion's mane?
Replies: 14
Views: 1185

Re: Trapped or sheltering in a lion's mane?

Should I forward these photos to the aquarium?[/quote] Sure. I've already told the NOAA and UW fish collection people about it. Apparently there was one previous record from the Salish Sea, found west of Sooke BC in 1935, but it didn't get included in the 2015 list that I was looking at. Any way you...
by Greg Jensen
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Trapped or sheltering in a lion's mane?
Replies: 14
Views: 1185

Re: Trapped or sheltering in a lion's mane?

Medusafish (Icichthys lockingtoni) is a better fit, in terms of the characters that I mentioned. As the common name implies, they live in jellyfish.

This would be a new record, not only for Puget Sound but also the Salish Sea
by Greg Jensen
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Trapped or sheltering in a lion's mane?
Replies: 14
Views: 1185

Re: Trapped or sheltering in a lion's mane?

Checking various sources, it doesn't appear to be a prowfish- specifically, they lack a lateral line (which is obvious in the photos) and the scales are wrong. Also the dorsal fin appears to start too far back.
by Greg Jensen
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Trapped or sheltering in a lion's mane?
Replies: 14
Views: 1185

Re: Trapped or sheltering in a lion's mane?

That looks like a baby prowfish- and the behavior certainly matches (hiding in a jelly). Any other pics showing more of the body? That would be a pretty special sighting if it is a prowfish.
by Greg Jensen
Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: What kind of cephalopod?
Replies: 7
Views: 725

Re: What kind of cephalopod?

they generally swim in spurts, so kind of similar- except they do it using appendages rather than jet propulsion
by Greg Jensen
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: White Lined Dironas MIA?
Replies: 20
Views: 1452

Re: White Lined Dironas MIA?

Last October on a dive at Rosario I recorded Dirona as "abundant" on my REEF form (100+ seen)
by Greg Jensen
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: What kind of cephalopod?
Replies: 7
Views: 725

Re: What kind of cephalopod?

I'm with Jan on this- parasitic copepod.
by Greg Jensen
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Poor Eels
Replies: 4
Views: 677

Re: Poor Eels

Wolf eels are not legal to take anywhere in Washington.
by Greg Jensen
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Nikon housing
Replies: 0
Views: 370

Nikon housing

In case anyone out there has one of these cameras- seems like a good deal:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ ... fgod5s4MOQ
by Greg Jensen
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Question on sea life
Replies: 5
Views: 622

Re: Question on sea life

Since he mentioned "whiskers" on the inside of the opening, I'm guessing he saw horse clam siphons
Tresus.jpg
by Greg Jensen
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Keystone. Great as always.
Replies: 13
Views: 982

Re: Keystone. Great as always.

The nudie is one of the small Dendronotus species- maybe Dendronotus subramosus
by Greg Jensen
Tue May 30, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Dead plainfin midshipmen at Sund Rock
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Re: Dead plainfin midshipmen at Sund Rock

It's typical for a bunch of them to die off this time of year, following reproduction. Main thing that draws so many bald eagles to Seabeck, to scavenge them.

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