Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:08 pm

Thank you Tom, Vjw ...

Lagoon Point - Creatures of the muck. At times I wonder how they find food in such "yukky" environment...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:28 pm

Just gorgeous!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Vjw » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:42 pm

I like your pictures with the juxtaposition of dry and wet (real) octopus. Thank you!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:35 am

It seems that lately, it was easier to find an octopus on dry land than at Keystone jetty.
Finally, on my first dive of 2018 the spell was broken and I found a small GPO at the base where they used to be a permanent feature.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:07 am

First dive of 2018. Keystone Jetty. Visibility about ten silty feet. Even the critters are covered with silt.
Not exactly what I was hoping for after two week absence from diving. :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:18 pm

Hooded aka Lion nudibranchs. Couple years ago in December, there were hundred of them here, this time I found only two little ones hunting on eel grass patch .
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:03 am

Big snail has always the right of way, as the small Wrinkled Amphissa finds out on the Holmes Harbor sandy plain. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:25 am

Sapsucker slug from Lagoon Point dive.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:10 pm

Ghost shrimp are a preferred food for gray whales. The state stopped issuing commercial fishing licenses to encourage the whales to keep feeding. It might be fun to dive the same spot after the whales have made their first pass through in the spring to see how the bottom looks then.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:34 am

Ghost shrimp. Their burrow entrances, which look like a small volcanoes, indicate that there are thousands of them under the sand.
But it is a very rare chance to actually see the critter itself.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:54 pm

Coupeville wharf. What was once a place overrun with Ochre and Mottled sea stars is now a barren place with few survivors. Unless they moved somewhere during the month I was not diving here. In view of the place being covered with mussels, which happens to be their food, I don't think they went elsewhere. :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:47 am

The scenery at Skyline is less colorful these days since the Red sea cucumbers and the Creeping pedal cucumbers stopped feeding for the time being, and the Black cucumbers, although much more numerous are only adding to the monotone feel of the dive site. And their mass spawning did not improve the visibility neither...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:40 pm

In spite of rather ugly weather, it was a busy scene at at the Keystone Underwater Park, parking was at premium.
However, meeting friends, above and underwater is always nice, regardless of weather.
Thanks guys for the hot dog ! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:41 am

Slugfest at Skyline. Although only the usual participants, no new discoveries.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:36 pm

Vjw, I am glad you enjoy Whidbey Critters.

After a month long absence, I revisited Langley Harbor. On my last visit I found widespread sea star wasting and so I was quite apprehensive about what I might find this time. Well, it was not as bad as I expected. I did find some sick stars, but majority of them is healthy and I did find some baby stars too. What was really strange, that I found only two Pink short-spined stars. They used to be dominating the area around and on the tire reef. They were not as badly hit by the major outbreak of the disease during the peak period, but I could not see any this time. I hope I will find them on my next dive there. The sea star activity on one of the mooring H-beam anchors is also interesting. I try to make a point to visit it on every dive.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Vjw » Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:20 pm

Interesting that sea anemones ‘fight’ and create such a beautiful site. Your pictures and descriptions are amazing. Thank you!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:10 am

The "bushes" which this summer invaded some of Whidbey dive locales are not what I thought Filamentous alga. They are Obelia hydroids. Few Skeleton shrimp found home on them, not much else.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:14 am

Some sea anemones can be so mean to each other ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:16 pm

Birds do it, bees do it. Northern Kelp crabs caught in the act at Keystone Jetty. ;)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:48 pm

As I scrape ice from the windshield in the morning, memories of tropical climate rush in. Here is the last series from our November fling in Mexico. Since no scuba diving the day before our scheduled flight was in the plan, we visited a water oriented Xel-Ha park where snorkeling is the main attraction. Unfortunately, our ear infection was getting the best of both of us, my snorkeling venture into the lagoon was short and not too productive. Now I am trying to heal so I can return to the Whidbey Island diving...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Vjw » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:48 pm

These pictures are amazing!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

It’s like Carlsbad caverns but filled with water you get to dive in! Nature has such beauty.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:18 am

The Pit, the only cenote which where we descended deep, hundred feet depth was the exception in our week long journey. The Pit was different in many ways, there was no line, no tight spots to sneak through. But it was awesome experience. And this concludes the cenote diving expedition of 2017. The dives exceeded our expectation, it only whetted my interest in seeing more, for Yucatan Peninsula is one big underground wonderland with so much more to offer. Who knows, maybe I will return ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:16 am

Calavera aka Temple of Doom. Another cenote on our Yucatan underworld journey.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:38 pm

More from our favorite Dreamgate cenote. This time the Downstream section.
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