Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:48 am

Red rock crab - example when none of your children look like you. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:54 am

White Bubble shell slugs and their egg ribbons scene at Driftwood Park.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:46 pm

Sunday belongs to Deception Pass. When I arrived there, the fog was rolling around, but sunshine made inroads later on. As expected, the boat traffic was quite heavy. As for divers, six of us showed up, and I was the only one without a scooter! The current run quite strong on the flood and the slack seemed later than predicted. But everybody came out smiling :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:46 pm

Saturday was a busy day at Keystone Jetty. Not only the fishing boats were launched and retrieved with a steady pace, the divers had to park their cars double. Meeting friends is always nice and today I had the luck to be there when my friend Paul made his 1000th dive. Originally, our plan was to celebrate that number diving the Deception Pass, but Paul, as a dive instructor, was teaching future divers instead, when that number came up, so we joined multitudes at Keystone instead. Introducing others to the beauty of underwater world is a worthy cause. As I was ready to exit the water, I saw Pat heading in, so I clicked few photos of her as she was passing by on her quest for the macro subject which my old eyes cannot see. I included few of her photos I snatched off her Facebook pages. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:23 pm

From Keystone Jetty crab lives. Hanging out in the kelp forest and eating crabs. Including its own kind ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:03 am

Curt: I agree that many of the marine species would recover if allowed to do so through the correct management. However, I worry that we lack the knowledge and wisdom to do so in any meaningful way. Concentrating on one specie while ignoring what is happening to the environment around them and to their food supply will probably continue to be the reason of the overall problem, and not only affecting marine life. Just my 2cents....

Great sculpin. Another of the "not so photogenic" fish encountered on jetty rocks.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:22 am

Jan: My sense of things, not necessarily true, is that lingcod went from abundant to nearly extinct, only to return when the strict fishing restrictions were placed on them. I also felt the same was true of rockfish, especially the black rockfish. We used to catch them with impunity, no limit, and they tasted good. The clouds of black rockfish I would look up at while diving in Haro Strait vanished for a few years. I thought I saw them rebounding in my last years of diving, also following restrictions on fishing. Have you seen the same thing?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:10 am

Keystone Jetty. School of juvenile Yellowtail rockfish at the end of the jetty while the Black rockfish, much smaller school hangs around the Bull kelp forest in the shallows. I did not see the large Black rockfish school which used to frequent the area. I hope the reason is the lousy overall visibility we are still experiencing here.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:27 pm

The good news - so far, the sea stars are healthy. The bad news (if it can be called bad :) ), when we were trying to collect sick ones for the long planned experiment, we found only two among hundreds ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:40 am

Skyline wall Buffalo sculpins. They were all over the place. These are just few of them ...
And one Wolf eel youngster :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:52 am

As many times as I saw the little "flags" streaming off the ends of sea urchin spines,
I never realized that they are home to numbers of tiny amphipods. Isn't nature amazing ? :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:06 am

THAT'S SO COOL! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:42 am

Skyline wall dive - first the shallows. It is quite a long swim before the wall begins , but still there is something to see ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:36 am

July 20, 1969 "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Neil Armstrong.
Moon jellies - Driftwood Park - 2017 :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:52 am

More from last dives at Deception Pass .
I hope you are not tired of it :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby YellowEye » Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:52 am

Jan K wrote:Deception Pass Sunday. More from the Underwater Garden of Eden.
Divers blowing more bubbles. Except one, he was on rebreather :)


That'd be @Yevgeniy!!!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:51 pm

Deception Pass Sunday. More from the Underwater Garden of Eden.
Divers blowing more bubbles. Except one, he was on rebreather :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:59 pm

Deception Pass July 14 and 15. The marine life here does not disappoint. Here are some sights, more to follow :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:38 am

Langley Harbor. Although the water temperature is rising, sea stars here are still doing fine. Among the hundreds of healthy I found only two Ochre stars wasting. One Pink star even grows an extra ray. While most fish swim "normally", some like to be different. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:57 pm

Keystone Jetty, Grunt and Scalyhead sculpins, still only babies :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:23 pm

This time I find only very small shrimp at Keystone. The adults moved off to somewhere,
I did not find any much larger than one inch. This youngster munches on polychaete worm ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:05 am

Barnacles, oh barnacles. The bane of sailors and their ships, the nuisance of many marine critters (like these Helmet crabs) and yet, a food source for some. Barnacle Eating Nudibranch is an fittingly named one of them. The rocks of Keystone Jetty are the example what happens when there is too much of a good thing...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:40 am

Keystone Jetty. The July visibility is still poor, divers are making the best out of it, hopefully it will improve soon.
Fortunately, there is always something there to enjoy ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:46 am

Keystone Jetty, July 1st. Leather stars in the process of making more Leather stars by releasing gametes into already murky waters.
I found three engaged in the action, and one not interested in procreation at all ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:46 pm

Few more from Friday dive at Deception Pass...
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