Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:04 am

It was not all gloom and doom at Langley Harbor :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:03 am

Another Sea star survey, Langley Harbor. And yes, wasting disease is back with us. :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:26 pm

And now the bad news. Wednesday dive at Coupeville was not only about the fragile beauty of jellyfish, but the reason I dive there is to monitor the health of sea stars. Since the terrible die-off in recent years, 2017 looked like the worse is behind, since although the water temperatures were really high, I did not see any wasting. Until now. Still, most of them are still healthy, but Friday, I was checking Langley, I found some wasting there as well. And today, at Skyline, I found wasting Six-rayed stars which were not affected by the last calamity. Divers, keep your eyes open ! :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:48 am

Webster added selfie into the new edition of their dictionary, so here is mine with the fragile beauty of Egg Yolk, aka Fried Egg jelly stranded on Coupeville wharf piling. Others were floating through a thick planktonic soup only hundred feet away in deeper water. Usually, the shallower water will be the one with lousy visibility due to plankton, here it was the layer below 15 feet, above it, I could see for good 20 feet...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:40 am

Since there was so much interest in the Driftwood Park dive site, I returned on Tuesday to snap more pictures with wide angle lens. Here are more snapshots from there. As you can see, the artificial reef is not a thing of beauty. The two concrete pillars are the spot where I usually enter the water, the tire reef is slightly to the right, on the bottom of the slope. Can't miss it.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:45 pm

Thanks Gdog.

Juvenile Wolf-eels of Driftwood Park. I never found so many of them there as I did on this dive.
They peeked out from tires, kelp, jar and even from a discarded toilet... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:51 pm

Jan, that cleaning station is awesome. Fantastic work!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:50 am

Two Lingcod cleanings by Scalyhead sculpin witnessed in two days. First, the Lingcod opens its mouth wide to advertise the need for service. Then the little cleaner swims up onto Lingcod's head to announce its presence so it doesn't become a meal, then swims into the cavernous mouth and begins its job of sanitation worker :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:41 pm

Weekend at Keystone Jetty with good visibility and plenty of fish and crabs.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:33 am

Looking for clowns? Come to Keystone ! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:43 am

The amazing Painted greenling on Keystone Jett rock. This guy is now guarding a third batch of multiple egg masses this year !
His small patch of hydroids must be very popular with the ladies :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:01 pm

The skies are gray with smoke, the sun barely visible and the news and social media full of pictures of burning landscapes,
inferno across the entire Western States...
This what Keystone looked like yesterday evening.
Healthier below the surface than above :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:22 am

Labor Day weekend - diving Keystone Jetty with my daughter.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:39 pm

First day of September - diving in Langley Harbor. All the stars are healthy and plenty of juveniles.
Rockfish, mostly Copper, took interest in my survey, keeping me company on the tire reef.
Visibility is still badly affected by particulates.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:42 am

Deception Pass last day of August. Just two divers enjoying beautiful sunny day underwater.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:10 am

Skyline, Fidalgo Island, Friday morning... Visiting Octopus garden :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:52 am

Because it is a long haul down from the parking lot to the beach, it has been a while since I lugged my dive gear down the road to dive the Possession Point Fingers. It is a nice dive, but not fun to haul the gear up the road back to the car in the afternoon heat :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:26 am

Probably little more than you care to know about the Red octopus. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:41 am

Keystone Jetty Lingcod. Three encounters, three stories. The first is showing the typical ambush hunter, just laying there innocently, waiting for its moment to strike. The second one is showing a bad judgement, sinking its teeth into the wrong thing and the third poor fish is half blind, wedged under the rock, its blind side facing the open water, probably just feeling my presence, not able to see ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:51 am

Saturday August 26th. Moss Bay Dive Club visiting Keystone, calm waters and plenty of sunshine.
Divers, fish, kelp and crabs :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:43 am

Coupeville Wharf. Healthy sea stars, plenty of Egg yolk jellies getting caught in pilings, and bad visibility due to plankton bloom ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:07 pm

Hi Alex,
the anemones are gracing kelp stipe and although I don't now exactly for how long, I remember seeing them there last year too. The question is, are these anemones the same ones or just replacement ?

August 13, Keystone Jetty. (As I said before, I am behind with processing photos).
The rocks above the water are turning white under the cover of seagull guano. Under the water it is more colorful :)
I even found two critters from BC Canada ( judging by the license plates of their car).
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:10 am

Hi Jan,
Wonderful images and fascinating information!
I've got a question about the anemones - What is the structure that they're growing on in the image and do you have any sense of how long it has been there?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:04 am

I am still trying to catch up with photos from resent dives. Taking pictures is more fun than post-processing ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:33 am

Encrusting bryozoans in the shallows of Deception Pass.
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