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by gcbryan
Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:10 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Raja Binoculata egg casings, wow they are big!!
Replies: 9
Views: 658

Re: Raja Binoculata egg casings, wow they are big!!

After all these years and I've never stumbled upon an Raja Binoculata egg casing, the egg casing of a skate comonly known as the big skate which grows up to 6 ft. Did a dive in Mukulteo with a friend today and found the sea floor littered with them. If you have never seen one, they are huge. the fi...
by gcbryan
Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:06 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Raja Binoculata egg casings, wow they are big!!
Replies: 9
Views: 658

Re: Raja Binoculata egg casings, wow they are big!!

BASSMAN wrote:Okay so here's a question...

Why is it called a Big "Skate" and not a "Pacific North West Stingray"?


Because it's not a ray...no barb.
by gcbryan
Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:48 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Agate redux
Replies: 47
Views: 1767

Re: Agate redux

Jeff Kruse wrote::clap: But we had a great dive! The STROKE didnt leave us stranded. :partydance:


I wasn't worried but maybe it was the sunny day, Coke and candy bar provided during the repairs and the fact that I really wanted to go to Waterman!
by gcbryan
Fri May 29, 2009 10:14 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Agate redux
Replies: 47
Views: 1767

Re: Agate redux

Jeff Kruse wrote:Damn, I meant to say Watermans Pt #-o


Clean spark plugs are important too. Especially when there's a ferry around. :biggrin:
by gcbryan
Fri May 29, 2009 1:48 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Best practices and gear for boat diving
Replies: 25
Views: 1350

Re: Best practices and gear for boat diving

I just found this free online basic boating coarse for anyone who is interested. m Nice, but, it doesn't appear that it meets the requirements for the Boating Education requirement in Washington. I think it's good for someone who wants the knowledge. As far as the requirement, there is no requireme...
by gcbryan
Fri May 29, 2009 12:33 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Best practices and gear for boat diving
Replies: 25
Views: 1350

Re: Best practices and gear for boat diving

I just found this free online basic boating coarse for anyone who is interested.

http://www.boatingbasicsonline.com/cont ... /index.php
by gcbryan
Thu May 28, 2009 11:14 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Best practices and gear for boat diving
Replies: 25
Views: 1350

Re: Best practices and gear for boat diving

Best thread ever! I don't have a boat but like to know what 's going on when I am on a boat. I've been on a few private boats where I don't think the captain knew even as much as is contained in this thread!
by gcbryan
Thu May 28, 2009 11:12 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Agate redux
Replies: 47
Views: 1767

Re: Agate redux

Oh I don't doubt that its possible and that it can work. More along the line of will it work (reliably enough). You sound like Uncle Pug, "eh what could go wrong, we'll just flag down a boat if we get lost" lol. I'm just trying to make the point that a boat is not necessarily safer. It's ...
by gcbryan
Thu May 28, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Agate redux
Replies: 47
Views: 1767

Re: Agate redux

This also illustrates another point and why not illustrate another point Sometimes dives are done that are serious dives but aren't taken seriously because a boat (or scooter) is involved. This dive can also be done as a shore drift dive. Get in near the bridge from shore and get out a mile away on...
by gcbryan
Wed May 27, 2009 7:08 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Agate redux
Replies: 47
Views: 1767

Re: Agate redux

This also illustrates another point and why not illustrate another point Sometimes dives are done that are serious dives but aren't taken seriously because a boat (or scooter) is involved. This dive can also be done as a shore drift dive. Get in near the bridge from shore and get out a mile away on ...
by gcbryan
Mon May 25, 2009 4:27 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Critter ID Help???
Replies: 6
Views: 337

Re: Critter ID Help???

Dusty2 wrote:
gcbryan wrote:This is what I usually see on kelp.


Those are brooding anemones

On Matt's question I would agree with coachrenz

Thanks, I was never quite sure what kind those were.
by gcbryan
Mon May 25, 2009 8:45 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Critter ID Help???
Replies: 6
Views: 337

Re: Critter ID Help???

This is what I usually see on kelp.
by gcbryan
Sun May 24, 2009 9:27 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: 3 Tree cool for slack tomorrow?
Replies: 5
Views: 283

Re: 3 Tree cool for slack tomorrow?

dsteding wrote:Agate Pass, baby!

I just hope there is enough vis to avoid bumping into things.


Are you really doing Agate Pass tomorrow? Around 3:30pm! If so I'd like to read a dive report on that one.
by gcbryan
Sun May 24, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Davidson Rock & James Island May 23rd
Replies: 10
Views: 466

Re: Davidson Rock & James Island May 23rd

It seems to me that the sweat spot of most dives in the San Juan's is 80 fsw to 110 fsw at least. I usually drop down to 120 fsw on a wall in the SJ's and if the life is as good at 100fsw then I head on back up there for more bottom time. It's always different than the area above 80 it seems to me.
by gcbryan
Thu May 07, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Open Water Day 1, Cove 2
Replies: 50
Views: 2010

Re: Open Water Day 1, Cove 2

Entertaining post Paul. It wasn't until after my OW classes were over that I realized that you can swim on the surface on your back. I think that's the last time I swam on the surface face down and yes the last time I used a snorkel for scuba diving as well!
by gcbryan
Mon May 04, 2009 10:43 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Worthless class...
Replies: 13
Views: 794

Re: Worthless class...

(by the way, good luck tomorrow Lynne)

I thought this thread was going to be an analogy regarding nitrogen narcosis...I'm drinking but the class is easy so it's OK then then someone threw a math problem at me and I flunked out of school.
by gcbryan
Mon May 04, 2009 5:59 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Skyline May 3rd
Replies: 20
Views: 858

Re: Skyline May 3rd

Did you get in around 11:30 am? You didn't mention your entry time. I would have gotten in around 11:30 am. Regarding current, I try not to fight it (to the extent possible). Hold on to a rock to relax and either stay close to the rock if this reduces the current or get on the surface and swim back ...
by gcbryan
Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Tirade, Pt. 2
Replies: 36
Views: 1697

Re: Tirade, Pt. 2

Eat at either of the two Mexican places on 148th in Burien on the way to 3 Tree. Although, the only place that has food somewhat similar to any food I've had in Mexico is the place in the little shopping center on the way to the old Edmonds Oil Dock.
by gcbryan
Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:52 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: "New study reveals all octopuses are venomous"
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: "New study reveals all octopuses are venomous"

I suspect this has either been 'dumbed down' so much for public release, or the reporter oversimplified it, or whatever because it's long been known that octos are poisonous to some extent or another. Of our locals, reds reportedly have a nastier bite than GPOs. Thanks Greg. I also know from my oct...
by gcbryan
Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:00 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: "New study reveals all octopuses are venomous"
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: "New study reveals all octopuses are venomous"

I didn't think there was anything new about this. I knew that the GPO uses an enzyme that affects the muscle tissue whether it's called venomous or it is simply dissolving the tissue I didn't know. I'm no expert for sure but upon reading the article I'm not sure what is new. Any marine biologists he...
by gcbryan
Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:49 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: What to do about the silt
Replies: 133
Views: 4222

Re: What to do about the silt

I actually wonder how big a problem this is? My feelings are a bit like Rjack in that it's hard to expect to go to Cove 2 during the day on the weekends and expect there to be no silt. Even if everyone was silt free by the time they hit 50 dives Cove 2 would still be full of silt on the weekends. Mo...
by gcbryan
Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:18 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Octo....Octopus HOOOOOLE
Replies: 15
Views: 634

Re: Octo....Octopus HOOOOOLE

Jenbowes wrote:
And...your crab was a crab. A squat lobster isn't a lobster but rather a crab! A Galathid Crab (not sure about the spelling).


... I should stop speaking.


Why do they call it a LOBSTER then?


It looks a little like one!
by gcbryan
Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Davidson Rock Help Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 380

Re: Davidson Rock Help Needed

Be sure to post a dive report when you get back! I love that dive site. If you find a dive computer down there it's mine! It's only been down there for a few years so I'm sure it's still down there and still working! FYI-Lighthouse Diving publishes and sells a boat dives boat just for the San Juan's...
by gcbryan
Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:58 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Octo....Octopus HOOOOOLE
Replies: 15
Views: 634

Re: Octo....Octopus HOOOOOLE

And...your crab was a crab. A squat lobster isn't a lobster but rather a crab! A Galathid Crab (not sure about the spelling).
by gcbryan
Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:42 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: When good dives go BAD! Lessons Learned?
Replies: 31
Views: 1699

Re: When good dives go BAD! Lessons Learned?

As a new diver I had only done one night dive and that was with my AOW class. I ran into the president of a local dive club and he invited me to come along on a night dive to the I-beams at Cove2. I mentioned that I was new and had only been on one night dive but told him that I did want to go. I ha...