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by Jan K
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
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Keystone, August 11. I could only watch as group of my friends negotiated the slippery rocks on their way to the another underwater adventure. Congratulations ScubaJess on her 700th dive! https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-66kv6gC/0/f052fc87/XL/8.11.19%20Keystone%20divers%201%20-XL.jp...
by Jan K
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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Diver finds Lewis's moonsnail. The Moonsnail just laid eggs in the form of a collar. In the process finds its favorite meal - cockle bivalve. Cockle escapes using its long foot, flipping the moonsnail upside down in the process. Diver figures out while he finds many of cockles out on the surface ins...
by Jan K
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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The old wharf, better known as "The Pilings" is in my humble opinion becoming less of an attraction. Battered by last winter storms and invaded by kelp even between the inner pilings, it lost its feel as an underwater cathedral. Feels more like an obstacle course... These days I spend just a short t...
by Jan K
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
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Views: 431235

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Few of the Keystone Jetty residents - Lingcod colors and rockfish, some of them gravid. https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-DFjBZpG/0/f5314385/XL/7.26.19%20colors%20of%20Lingcod%202%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Keystone-Jetty/i-dcP7RFb/0/3909d956/XL/7.26.19%20colors%20of%...
by Jan K
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Yes Curt, drone shot by a fellow diver who let me use the image.
What I find interesting is that the anemone is still in the same spot for the sixteen years I have started to keep an eye on that rock.
Octopus used to live in the hole under that rock for many years. Not anymore...
by Jan K
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Are you coming to Keystone ? Or just to Pickles? :) :) :)
by Jan K
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Why returning to the same places again and again? One rock from the Keystone Jetty photographed on every dive in past years shows that changes do occur constantly, even if not noticeably, at least not during our short dive there... Only the Painted anemone seems to be a permanent resident. https://p...
by Jan K
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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Wrapping up the Deception Pass dive with subjects which do not swim away when you point your camera at them :) https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Deception-Pass-Whidbey-Island/i-LfFV7fk/0/34f74fb8/XL/7.25.19%20%20Funnel%20sponge%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Deception-Pass-Whidbey-Island/...
by Jan K
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Some of the Deception Pass fish. We don't have Garibaldies, but we do have Lingcod, rockfish and sculpins. :) https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Deception-Pass-Whidbey-Island/i-h5VSZkd/0/e81f509b/XL/7.25.19%20Great%20sculpin%20%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Deception-Pass-Whidbey-Island/i...
by Jan K
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Back in the home waters. First dive since California. Where else? Deception Pass! :) https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Deception-Pass-Whidbey-Island/i-cNpwJSR/0/b5e4cc11/XL/7.25.19%20Deception%20Pass%20dive%201%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Deception-Pass-Whidbey-Island/i-JS3hRtc/0/5fadc...
by Jan K
Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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The dive at the "poster child" of Channel Islands National Park - The Arch Rock" on the eastern end of Anacapa Island was rewarding . Gorgonians are another sight absent in waters of Whidbey Island. This concludes our excursion into the California waters . I wish I had my drysuit, for three dives in...
by Jan K
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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Miscellany from the last day of diving at Anacapa Island. https://photos.smugmug.com/Underwater/Anacapa-Island-CA-July-2019/i-4NbB4Bs/0/209f51f3/XL/7.19.19%20Senorita%20fish%20Passages%201%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Underwater/Anacapa-Island-CA-July-2019/i-V8rvhfc/0/1d344c70/XL/7.19.19%20P...
by Jan K
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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Sea hares. They are big, they are not rare, but it took a trip to California to see them with my own eyes ! It is never too late... :) https://photos.smugmug.com/Fauna-Flora/SLUGS/i-JVQ7t8S/0/25a98f4c/XL/7.19.19%20California%20sea%20hare%201%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Fauna-Flora/SLUGS/i-n...
by Jan K
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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Garibaldi, the California State Fish https://photos.smugmug.com/Underwater/Anacapa-Island-CA-July-2019/i-C3cj4LX/0/b5e56f3d/XL/7.19.19%20Garibaldi%20damselfish%201%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Underwater/Anacapa-Island-CA-July-2019/i-GfDPNj7/0/03da097b/XL/7.19.19%20Garibaldi%20guard%20eggs%2...
by Jan K
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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We did not find many nudibranchs this time, but the Spanish shawl is a beautiful one :) https://photos.smugmug.com/Underwater/Anacapa-Island-CA-July-2019/i-McTNmmM/0/fd584779/XL/7.19.19%20Spanish%20Shawl%201%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Underwater/Anacapa-Island-CA-July-2019/i-9892pqh/0/ea0a...
by Jan K
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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Yes Curt, diving with Maya is a special treat for me, since it doesn't happen that often ... The discovery tour in the new underwater realm continues. What is an routine sighting of a common critter for the locals, is exciting new critter of wonder for us. Maya gets credit for the closeups photos wh...
by Jan K
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Westport seabirds, whales, dolphins
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Views: 285

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Thanks for sharing the bounty of offshore "exotic" life we don't see here in our inland sea.
by Jan K
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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Anacapa Island, July 18. Scenes from the kelp forest. https://photos.smugmug.com/Underwater/Anacapa-Island-CA-July-2019/i-qSdTDSC/0/bcb5552e/XL/7.18.19%20Sea%20Lion%20Cave%201%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Underwater/Anacapa-Island-CA-July-2019/i-VFNgKX7/0/3c833381/XL/7.18.19%20young%20Giant%...
by Jan K
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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Returned from car trip to California, managed to squeeze in two days of diving at Anacapa Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park. Some strobe issues involving Olympus FL-LM3 flash, which sits on top of the camera inside the housing. It quit on me again, this was already second replacement...
by Jan K
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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Some worms from my recent dives. Not everybody's favorite critters, but I am sure they have part in the bigger picture of things. :) https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Fidalgo-Island-and-vicinity/i-qj2g6Bm/0/8fbefa89/XL/7.8.19%20White-banded%20bobbit%20worm%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/F...
by Jan K
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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Tuesday July 9. Deception Pass. Not the best current predictions according to tables, but the weather is nice, so why not try. Visibility was not that great, about twelve feet and the slack was shorter then usual, but I really like this place. :) As I exit the water, I find few dead Pacific Sand Lan...
by Jan K
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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Monday July 8, Skyline, Fidalgo Island. The world above - beautiful, sunny day. Underwater, little different story. Ten feet visibility and the slack was forty minutes or so late, so current was an issue... https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Fidalgo-Island-and-vicinity/i-wH9GZM5/0/cc2c3f23/XL/7.8.19%2...
by Jan K
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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Another pushcart trip down and up the forest road. In spite of poor visibility underwater, saying hello to my fish friends is always worth the effort. :) https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Possession-Point/i-Nmt6kct/0/dbbe101d/XL/7.3.19%20Possession%20Pt.%20Fingers%201%20-XL.jpg https://photos.smugmug...
by Jan K
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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And from the weird critter department: Two Headed Plumose Anemone and White Crusted California Cucumber. And Painted Greenling watching me from behind a rusty shackle. He probably thinks - I am the weird one. Who else dives in red coveralls ? :) :) https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Langley-Tire-Reef/...
by Jan K
Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431235

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First day of July, checking on sea stars at Langley, one of two places on Whidbey Island where they are still found in large numbers. Visibility in shallower water is still deplorable, but under the thermocline and the miso planktonic soup, I find majority of stars still healthy. It is nice to find ...