Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Wed May 31, 2017 6:40 am

Hi Jan,

Wow! What an amazing and stark contrast. Any ideas about what might have changed in the environment of that rock?

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 30, 2017 9:29 am

Thank you Curt, the science is constantly discovering new things, sometimes it is hard to keep up...
Changes are part of life :)
For example, look at one rock at Keystone:
Story of one rock. One of many creating the Keystone Jetty. Fourteen years ago, there was Giant Pacific Octopus making it its home. It was probably there even before that, but on October 23,2003 I tried to take a picture of it with my Nikonos camera. How much changed since then. The Sunflower stars got almost wiped out by the Wasting Disease, the octopus gone its den filled with debris and sand, the purple encrusting coralline gone, the rock now covered by carpet of barnacles. The one critter which endured all those years - yellow colored Painted anemone. Its scientific name changed from Urticina crassicornis to Urticina grebelnyi, but so far, it moves very little and from what I can tell, it is happy there, not growing bigger, one constant in our changing world.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Mon May 29, 2017 10:36 am

Jan: Wow. I learn something every day. Until today, I called these Mytilus edulis . But times have changed. It's one reason I keep studying. Another is summed up by a late friend. When asked why he would go through the hardship of going to sea on a research boat at age 90, he answered, "I want to learn a lot of things I forgot." Thanks for the lesson.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon May 29, 2017 7:22 am

Pacific blue mussels. This what they look like before they become an item of seafood menu :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 28, 2017 7:25 am

Sitka shrimps, many of them carry eggs...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat May 27, 2017 9:12 am

Helmet crab hiding. At first I thought it was dead, but poking at the exposed foot proved that it was alive and well, although maybe little unhappy...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri May 26, 2017 8:38 am

Hoping that Memorial Day road traffic on our roads will be as swift as the herring pursued by a predator,
but I think in reality, it will be most likely "sluggish" ... :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu May 25, 2017 9:23 am

Thank you Gdog, just sharing what we see once we leave the dry land for a short visit of the underwater world :)

Deception Pass bridge, above and under.
It is rewarding to walk around the area as it is to dive there...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Thu May 25, 2017 8:02 am

Jan, just simply great stuff! You have amazing skills.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed May 24, 2017 3:12 pm

Pygmy rock crab and cucumber digestive system.
Isn't that what you always wanted to see ? Here it is ! :) :) :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 23, 2017 2:06 pm

Hairy crab,this was my first sighting, adding another new critter to my list. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon May 22, 2017 8:10 am

Lingcod fishing and spearfishing season is open, so diver photographers, watch out ! Saturday at the Deception Pass was hectic because sunshine brought out hordes of tourists and parking at the park was a problem, I decided that Sunday would be better at Keystone Jetty. I did find parking here, but after four days of colors at the Pass, the barnacle covered rocks of the Jetty were a big letdown.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 21, 2017 1:43 pm

While I am sorting up Deception Pass pics, enjoy a beach walk on another of our Whidbey Island beaches - Holmes Harbor in Freeland.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby H20doctor » Sat May 20, 2017 11:35 am

thanks for the great day of diving !!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat May 20, 2017 7:19 am

What a beautiful Friday, above and below. The Deception Pass tide currents are very sweet for few days and many of us decided to "play hooky" and go diving :)
Lots of divers, almost everybody with a camera. Here are some snapshots what I think they were taking pictures of.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri May 19, 2017 6:25 am

The moon cycle opened another round of favorable tide current days at my favorite Whidbey Island dive site.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu May 18, 2017 5:48 pm

Couple not so colorful slugs from Lagoon Point.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed May 17, 2017 12:37 pm

From a rockfish life at Langley harbor. Tires and steel :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 16, 2017 7:21 am

I found few more images in the digital file from the walk on Double Bluff beach.
Big birds and tiny mites, so many things to watch and enjoy...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon May 15, 2017 9:12 am

Take a stroll on the Double Bluff beach with me.
It will sooth your soul, if you look up at the scenery or look down, where the residents of the tidal world live.
And look close, since most of them are very small, but live an interesting lives nevertheless. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 14, 2017 8:41 am

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat May 13, 2017 7:56 am

Thank you Curt for your kind words. I am taking the advantage to live so close to the Double Bluff beach and visit it often.
It sue has so much to offer, the erosion of the cliffs provides never ending display of textures and forms, not to mention
birds, tidal marine life and awesome clouds above.

And here is another dose of underwater sights from Whidbey.
Few snapshots of what is going on at Langley harbor. BTW, the tug was built in Freeland, Whidbey Island.
From two headed anemones to tire eating sea stars (just kidding) :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Fri May 12, 2017 6:05 pm

Jan: I never fail to linger over your pictures, especially now that I have given up diving. Your Double Bluff pictures are equally pleasing. Long before GPS, Double Bluff was a fixed reference for visual navigation as we cruised up Admiralty Inlet on one of my Navy ships. In my mind I can still hear the quartermaster saying, "Tangent on Double Bluff, zero five seven degrees," even though it was nearly half a century ago. When my youngest grandson was in preschool, this was a weekly destination. As an old man I walk those beaches, tidepooling, birding, watching for mammals, and enjoying the ship traffic going by. I can even let the dog off the leash there. I don't comment on every posting, but I read them all. Thank you for sharing your gift.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri May 12, 2017 7:49 am

When the tides and bad underwater visibility dampen the desire to suit up and dive, there is always the option to wander on the beach...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu May 11, 2017 8:06 am

Adding little bit of color. The clouds and the rain are back ...
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