Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:02 am

Adding another new critter to my list. Doto amyra, a very, very tiny nudibranch ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:33 am

Who doesn't like candy? And this one isn't bad for your teeth :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:39 am

I am starting to process pictures from recent dives, here are few more from the Labor Day weekend.
I don't find Ghost anemones anywhere else on Whidbey Island, there are plenty of Scalyhead and Buffalo sculpins, finding them resting on nudibranchs - not so often.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:09 am

Wrapping up the underwater scenery I enjoyed during my brief visit to British Columbia.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby H20doctor » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:22 pm

I love the sea angel. !!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:18 am

Slugs I found in April Point marina, Quadra Island.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:32 pm

That is so disheartening. So sad. Thank you for the report, Jan.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:42 am

After one month absence, I returned to Langley Harbor and found wasting sea stars underway in vast numbers, mainly the Mottled (Evasterias troschelii) and Ochre ( Pisaster ochraceus). Also none of the juvenile Pycnopodias were nowhere to be seen. The visibility in the shallows was only few feet, so the survey above the 20 foot thermocline was limited for swim through on entry and exit swim. The wasting seems to affect adult and juveniles, so at least here at Langley, immunity developed by the new generation of stars is not evident. The whole experience is very depressing as pieces of starfish are all over the place. :( :( :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:55 am

Thank you Vjw.

Clinging jellyfish. Happy to add it to my list of new critters encountered on my dives.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Vjw » Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:26 am

Such beautiful pictures!! And great news!!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:54 am

Even in the waters fa away from home, I could not resist to check on the health of sea stars in the Quadra Island area.
To my delight, I did not find any signs of the Sea Star Wasting Disease.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:05 am

More underwater sights from April Point marina on Quadra Island where we docked for few days.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:45 am

Sailfin sculpin on kelp at April Point marina, Quadra Island.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:05 am

Curt, I could not agree more. Cruising the islands has nothing to do with the luxurious accommodations ...

Another wetsuit dive in Discovery Passage:
Argonaut Wharf, Campbell River, Vancouver Island. Canada. It was nice to see healthy Sunflower stars and no wasting observed in any of the other stars. Also I added new critter to my list, Spotted flatworm.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:33 pm

Jan K wrote:Few sights from my cruise in British Columbia/ And no, I did not pay 461,500 dollars per week plus expenses.
But I did snorkel close to it, looking under the floating docks for critters ... :) :) :)

Jan, In cruising BC waters in my own boats for nearly half a century, I realized I would never trade places with the megayacht crowd. They will never know the pleasures of anchoring in the little coves such as Port Neville, where I saw grizzlies, orca, and could hear the wolves howl in the mountains. Since they cruise with a crew, they will not know the satisfaction of navigating, finding your own anchorage, and setting the anchor for the night. I'd prefer to do it your way.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:31 am

Few sights from my cruise in British Columbia/ And no, I did not pay 461,500 dollars per week plus expenses.
But I did snorkel close to it, looking under the floating docks for critters ... :) :) :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:55 am

Thank you Jess, it is good to be back, although the smoke filled scene is kind of depressing ...


Another dive BFS ( before the fire smoke). Skyline August 1.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:42 am

Welcome home!! We missed you! :)
So terrible about all this smoke, I hope it rains really soon!
I love those Rockfish pics and super cool Wolf Eel!!! Also that smiling Pacific Staghorn Sculpin is adorable!!! :-)
Live Long And Prosper!!!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:04 am

Returned home from trip to Canada, the world around is filled with smoke, not healthy to even walk in it. Trying to catch up with work left behind, July 28th dive at Driftwood Park ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:22 am

Thank you Jess, glad you enjoy the postings :)

Keystone Jetty encounter with a Pacific staghorn sculpin.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:36 am

Jan! You are awesome!!! I love those Ling pics and the Rock fish school makes me so happy!!!
Also Happy Birthday to My favorite dive spot Deception Pass!!! Thanks for the great info all the time!!! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:23 am

Good news: The big Lingcods are back at Keystone Jetty !
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:57 pm

Happy 83rd birthday to the Deception Pass Bridge, which spans over the waters of my favorite dive spot .
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:43 pm

Langley Harbor. At the moment, the only locality on Whidbey Island where I see large number of sea star wasting. But still large numbers of healthy ones. So I am still hopeful ... I am trying to find explanation why so many sea stars pile up on top of each other in certain spots, and it is not for spawning or food. Searching the internet did not provide any answers. Only Mottled and Ochre stars are doing it here at Langley. The Pink short-spined stars, also present here in great numbers, are not joining the congregations.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:01 am

Wrapping up July 23 and 24 Deception Pass photo session...
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