Whidbey Island Critters

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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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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed May 10, 2017 9:57 am

My morning rant. I noticed lately that "my" underwater world at Keystone is being invaded by critters which in my opinion do not enhance the scene. First it was the invasion of Green sea urchins, (they are still there), and now it seems that everything is being covered by a carpet by barnacles . I miss the sea stars. I think that they kept lots of the invader larvae from settling down and get comfortable. Yes, predators are important ! End of rant.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 09, 2017 8:31 am

Stubby dendronotid returned to Keystone to eat the Ostrich-plume hydroid, but there is much less of it this year. I blame the Common Acorn Barnacles which now cover so much of Keystone area. First came the Green sea urchins and now barnacles. Not good :pale:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon May 08, 2017 7:28 am

Saturday brought us another sunny day, so another dive was in order.
On my search of critters I run into other divers on the same quest...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 07, 2017 10:35 am

And more Deception Pass critters: slugs, cucumbers and worms :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat May 06, 2017 7:50 am

Yes, it was crazy weather on Thursday, but before the lightning, thunder, rain and wind arrived, the sun was shining and I had a very nice dive at Deception Pass. The fishing season is upon us, so small boat traffic and potential fishing lines are now part of the scene ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri May 05, 2017 9:48 am

Few more from Tuesday dive at Skyline.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu May 04, 2017 9:19 am

On my dive at Skyline on Tuesday, I noticed that many of the seaweeds were "bleached". It is not the first time I have seen them like this, but this time the discolored blades on many different species were really standing out. I tried to find more about kelp bleaching, but could not find any reference on line, except one source from Australia, so this might be something different. Maybe somebody can enlighten me on this...
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