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by Sharkb8
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: British Columbia
Topic: Howe Sound in early September
Replies: 9
Views: 4222

Re: Howe Sound in early September

Planning is never for naught if you learn something from it that you can apply in the future! Have fun in Monterrey. You should still plan a trip up north sooner or later. We are coming up on the best months of the year for being underwater!
by Sharkb8
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Water Temperatures Past 45 Months
Replies: 7
Views: 605

Re: Water Temperatures Past 45 Months

Nice! My wife doesn't currently believe me that the water temperature fluctuates more than 1 or 2 degrees. I'll have to show here this (in a nice way of course!). Are these average or lowest temperatures per dive? I'm not sure how the shearwater records temps, but my oceanic computer saves the colde...
by Sharkb8
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Keystone 8/11 -- dive 700 for scuba jess!
Replies: 9
Views: 652

Re: Keystone 8/11 -- dive 700 for scuba jess!

Nice work Jess! Sad that I missed out on a fun dive adventure. Keystone is so good right now! Where did all the love go for the pilings? :rofl: There's plenty to like 10 ft above the bottom, and the 1000 buffalo sculpin swimming around right now are highly entertaining, especially the males who thin...
by Sharkb8
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Sea star die-off
Replies: 274
Views: 57206

Re: Sea star die-off

Diving between the T Dock and old fuel pier location in Mulkiteo today we saw lots of wasting mottled stars. I didn't even try to count but I’d put the number well over 50. I haven’t seen this anywhere else recently so hopefully it’s just an isolated location?
by Sharkb8
Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: British Columbia
Topic: Howe Sound in early September
Replies: 9
Views: 4222

Re: Howe Sound in early September

I was out on the Sea Dragon yesterday, and even with the larger tide exchange the vis was great at depth. Once you got below 20 ft it opened up to 30+ vis at times. You guys won't have any problems. I'm going to guess that Whytecliff shore diving would have been the same. Have fun, and let us know h...
by Sharkb8
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Marine Id
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: Marine Id

I found Keith’s website a few years ago and it is an awesome resource for not only critters but for also dive sites and planning! I still regularly look at it to read about the San Juan and Neah sites that I want to visit someday if I ever get (a friend with) a boat. I just picked up Greg Jensen’s n...
by Sharkb8
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Westport seabirds, whales, dolphins
Replies: 7
Views: 466

Re: Westport seabirds, whales, dolphins

That sounds pretty amazing! Thanks for sharing.
by Sharkb8
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3135
Views: 308591

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Keystone on Friday 7/26 after work was a little dirty but still 15 to 20 ft at depth. The shallows and pilings were very nice with the sun streaming down and schools of fish swimming around. Probably the nicest conditions I've seen out there all year!
by Sharkb8
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 7
Views: 622

Re: Drysuit repair

See? I would have never known about that. I'll try that method before I take it to a shop. I patched a decent sized tear in my old crushed neoprene drysuit myself and it was quite easy. The tear was in the crotch which sees a lot of movement and it never failed on me. I used a suit patch with aquas...
by Sharkb8
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: British Columbia
Topic: Howe Sound in early September
Replies: 9
Views: 4222

Re: Howe Sound in early September

I agree with Yelloweye! The vis should definitely be improving and the water will be nice and comfortable. If the vis is still mediocre you will still probably be able to go deeper and have it clear up at Whytecliffe and on the Sea Dragon. Porteau is shallower and farther up the sound so the vis cou...
by Sharkb8
Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Equipment for sale
Replies: 3
Views: 522

Re: Equipment for sale

Eugene- anything still left? I’m not the original poster or trying to hijack his thread (sorry!) but I have an entry level drysuit needing new seals, a nice jacket style bc and decent fins that I have been considering trying to sell. If nobody gets back to you send me a pm if any of those things ar...
by Sharkb8
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4330
Views: 462091

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Love the warbonnet almost all the way out of hiding! I had the same problem Sunday with the late slack in Anacortes, but it was still nice. Cool grunt sculpin also.
by Sharkb8
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Skyline Candy, 7/7/19
Replies: 4
Views: 399

Skyline Candy, 7/7/19

On Sunday morning my friend Cara and I got up early for a dive at Skyline. Thanks to the fun summer tides, the slack was ridiculously late (45 min?) so we spent most of the dive hanging on pretending we were at Deception Pass. We probably should have just surfaced and hung out in the rocks for awhil...
by Sharkb8
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Memorial Day Weekend Nanaimo Adventure
Replies: 6
Views: 560

Re: Memorial Day Weekend Nanaimo Adventure

Very cool! I don't think I've seen those jellies before. And to see the warbonnets and yelloweyes and abalone amongst the others is also very cool! That snake island overhang is awesome, isn't it? What size were the sunflowers? The overhang was pretty incredible. The vis was well over 30 ft and I e...
by Sharkb8
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: What is this little guy?
Replies: 3
Views: 496

Re: What is this little guy?

Tidepool Geek wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:25 am
Greetings,

I think that it's a White-Lined Ribbon Worm (Quasitetrastemma nigrifrons) http://www.marinespecies.org/nemertea/p ... pic=117171
I think you are correct! I thought for sure that those were poorly developed eyes on the end.
by Sharkb8
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Diver's Library (books)
Replies: 2
Views: 262

Re: Diver's Library (books)

I will take them off your hands if you can wait for me to get down to Ballard! I live in Bellingham but I'm down in the Seattle area for work during the day usually a few times a week. I could also try and get down this weekend and use it as an excuse to get a dive in! PM me if that will work. Ross
by Sharkb8
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Memorial Day Weekend Nanaimo Adventure
Replies: 6
Views: 560

Memorial Day Weekend Nanaimo Adventure

My friend Matt and I spent memorial day weekend in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. We booked a room at the Buccaneer Lodge and Saturday/Sunday charters with Sundown Diving. We had originally planned on diving the wrecks for day 1, but the wind and rain had picked up and the boat was unable to make it o...
by Sharkb8
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: What is this little guy?
Replies: 3
Views: 496

What is this little guy?

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48176737506_c70e53a668_c.jpg I saw a couple of these little guys over memorial day weekend in the shallows at Madrona Wall on Vancouver Island. I am thinking it is some sort of very juvenile gunnel or prickleback, but I really have no idea. It was about the size ...
by Sharkb8
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Pickles Deli Reef, 6/27/19
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Pickles Deli Reef, 6/27/19

Work took me out to the south end of Whidbey Island this morning, so I thought I'd bring some gear along (my appetite) and catch an off slack dive at Pickles Deli before the lunch tide crowd showed up. Upon arrival I discovered some inconsiderate divers had vandalized a light pole in the parking lot...
by Sharkb8
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3135
Views: 308591

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Whytecliff aka Canadian Cove 2 on Sunday, 6/23/19. Did two dives in the main bay with a newer diver. Vis was 2-3 ft down to 20 fsw, then blossomed to 5 ft for a bit. Big thermocline at 30 fsw, and then it started opening up a bit more into the 10-15 ft range. We didn't get any deeper than 60 ft or v...
by Sharkb8
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Edmonds 6/22?
Replies: 5
Views: 508

Re: Edmonds 6/22?

High slack tomorrow looks like it’s just after 8 am, so 6 am would work quite well. If you felt like sleeping in you could show up a little later also and still be fine. Usually with Edmonds I do one long dive right around high tide, and then we just deal with a little reduced viz and a small amount...
by Sharkb8
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Key Largo, 6/8/19
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Re: Key Largo, 6/8/19

orcasc205 wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:58 pm
Just curious if the guide you followed was Alexa?
Yes! She said she used to come up to Cove 2 and Redondo to dive when she was at school. She was really nice along with everyone else there.
by Sharkb8
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Key Largo, 6/8/19
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Key Largo, 6/8/19

I just got back from a week in South Florida. The main purpose of the trip was to visit my wife's Aunt in Miami Beach, lay on the beach and to eat cuban food, but we also went down to Key Largo for the weekend to stay at her Aunt's boyfriends place for a few nights. I was able to get out for a whole...
by Sharkb8
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Happy Birthday ScubaJess!!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 811

Re: Happy Birthday ScubaJess!!!!

Happiest of Birthdays from Florida! Enjoy your scuba birthday party later!!! Looking forward to diving with you guys again soon :taco:
by Sharkb8
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Discovery Passage over Memorial Day Weekend
Replies: 13
Views: 826

Re: Discovery Passage over Memorial Day Weekend

YellowEye wrote:
How was your Nanaimo trip?
Fantastic even though the wind kept us off the boat for most of it. Chris and Ed say hi! I’ll post a report when I get back from Florida and get caught up on pictures.