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by Greg Jensen
Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Alki Junkyard - Sea Spiders - 1/9/16
Replies: 16
Views: 3325

Re: Alki Junkyard - Sea Spiders - 1/9/16

Yep, it's a type of polychaete worm called a scaleworm, due to the rows of "scales" running down the back.
by Greg Jensen
Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Zipper Tests - The Results Are In!
Replies: 7
Views: 5091

Re: Zipper Tests - The Results Are In!

Thanks for the info on why they say that. I would think the biggest stress to that area would be when the suit is rolled up and the arms folded in- esp. if something is then set or dropped on top of the bag.
by Greg Jensen
Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:41 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Zipper Tests - The Results Are In!
Replies: 7
Views: 5091

Re: Zipper Tests - The Results Are In!

My wife and I both have over 500 dives each on our Abyss suits with metal, across the shoulder zippers, with no leaks so far (knock on wood). All my previous suits had much shorter zipper lifespans, but none of those had a zipper flap. We do mostly shore dives so there's a lot of rubbing on the zipp...
by Greg Jensen
Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Lost Oceanic Geo 2 at Rockaway Beach
Replies: 1
Views: 1900

Re: Lost Oceanic Geo 2 at Rockaway Beach

That was me (stuck with my wife's pink tank) and my buddy. Unfortunately we didn't see your computer. So many locals walk past there- I'd try posting a sign...
by Greg Jensen
Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:15 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Sculpin ID Help
Replies: 3
Views: 1571

Re: Sculpin ID Help

You nailed it- smoothhead!
by Greg Jensen
Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: AA rechargeable batteries
Replies: 10
Views: 1462

Re: AA rechargeable batteries

[quote="fmerkel"]Because there area a certain class of people and attendant layers that are the bane of our existence. I'd not be surprised it the instructions indicate not to eat them. Well, not exactly, but it does say to call a doctor if you swallow them. I figured you would just eat a ...
by Greg Jensen
Sat Oct 24, 2015 12:00 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: AA rechargeable batteries
Replies: 10
Views: 1462

AA rechargeable batteries

My rechargeable strobe batteries were taking longer and loooonnngger to power up my strobe after a shot, so I finally bought some of these: m since they seemed pretty good. For reasons that are still unclear, the masochist in me read the fine print of warnings, etc. that came with them, including th...
by Greg Jensen
Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:22 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Lobster in Puget sound?
Replies: 128
Views: 24611

Re: Lobster in Puget sound?

Judging from the color, the eggs looked like they were pretty well developed. I suspect the lobster was shipped in from the east coast already carrying them. Female lobsters with eggs are not supposed to be harvested (on the east coast that is- out here, any of them are fair game so it's good that y...
by Greg Jensen
Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Parasites
Replies: 2
Views: 946

Re: Parasites

They are branchiurans, a type of parasitic crustacean. They are often referred to as "fish lice" but that name is also given to some very similar-looking parasitic copepods. The easy way to tell them apart is that branchiurans have a pair of eyes and copepods don't.
by Greg Jensen
Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Diving with someone who has been banned...and for good reason!
Replies: 13
Views: 1960

Re: Diving with someone who has been banned...and for good reason!

What is that rock-like structure starting around 2:15? Haven't been there in ages but I don't remember ever seeing anything like that.
by Greg Jensen
Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Crimson Anemones, Candy Stripe & other 2 Shrimps / Eualids
Replies: 12
Views: 2069

Re: Crimson Anemones, Candy Stripe & other 2 Shrimps / Eualids

The third species in your photographs is the threespine shrimp, Heptacarpus tridens.
by Greg Jensen
Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:13 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Hood Canal Low Oxygen event
Replies: 13
Views: 1532

Re: Hood Canal Low Oxygen event

Octopus Hole today was pretty depressing. The negatives: A dead rubescens octopus at the entry point as we put on our fins. Scores of dead spot prawns- almost never see dead shrimp, as everyone likes to eat them- but almost no one there feels well enough to do so At least six large dead sailfin scul...
by Greg Jensen
Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Post all Pregnant/YOY Rockfish Photos/videos here!
Replies: 6
Views: 1462

Re: Post all Pregnant/YOY Rockfish Photos/videos here!

Lots of preggo Puget Sound rockfish at the Pinnacle today
pregnant ps rockfish.jpg
by Greg Jensen
Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Discovery Bay boat launch
Replies: 3
Views: 725

Re: Discovery Bay boat launch

Yep, Gardiner. Thanks
by Greg Jensen
Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Discovery Bay boat launch
Replies: 3
Views: 725

Discovery Bay boat launch

Has anyone launched there recently? Trying to find info on the web with conflicting results. The Port Townsend site says $10 launch fee (is there a box there to drop it in?) while the WDFW website says that motorized boats aren't allowed (which makes no sense...)
by Greg Jensen
Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:40 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Did It Actually Choke???
Replies: 7
Views: 1226

Re: Did It Actually Choke???

If you watch a fish, you'll see it moving its mouth as it breathes (more obvious on some than others- some look like they're gasping all the time). Water comes in through the mouth, passes through the gill arches and exits the opening behind the gill covers. Most fish can have something big in their...
by Greg Jensen
Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: The Giant Manta, predator of the sea
Replies: 2
Views: 716

Re: The Giant Manta, predator of the sea

I agree. Although strictly speaking the fact that it ingests larvae of various types (fish, crab, etc.) makes it a predator, it seems misleading to call it one. If you do, where do you draw the line? When a goat eats a plant with aphids on it, does that make it a predator?
by Greg Jensen
Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:52 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Did It Actually Choke???
Replies: 7
Views: 1226

Re: Did It Actually Choke???

Yeah, it isn't that uncommon for fish to choke to death when they "bite off more than they can chew", so to speak. Often happens with big-headed prey like sculpins- fish tries to swallow it headfirst, sculpin raises its head spines, and now its locked in and the fish can't spit it out. Thr...
by Greg Jensen
Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Critter ID
Replies: 2
Views: 734

Re: Critter ID

It's an amphipod- probably Podocerus cristatus. These come in all kinds of really cool colors.
by Greg Jensen
Mon May 25, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3127
Views: 299439

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Port Townsend 5/25 6-10 ft; Pt. Whitney 20 ft.
by Greg Jensen
Wed May 20, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Do octos have 9 brains?
Replies: 4
Views: 993

Re: Do octos have 9 brains?

Each arm has a large ganglia that controls that arm, so they sorta do- with 8 arms that bend in every direction, that's a lot of processing for the main brain to have to deal with. So a lot of the stuff is subcontracted out to the ganglia to handle. The main brain is probably the only place where an...
by Greg Jensen
Tue May 12, 2015 11:10 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: unknown fish on eggs
Replies: 3
Views: 880

Re: unknown fish on eggs

yep.
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by Greg Jensen
Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Crabs making war or love?
Replies: 5
Views: 994

Re: Crabs making war or love?

Norris nailed it- two big males fighting over the smaller one in the middle
by Greg Jensen
Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Seeking...
Replies: 13
Views: 1418

Re: Seeking...

Ditto on Sekiu- seem to be much more common in the Strait than down here in the Sound.