Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:53 pm

Keystone Jetty, August 18. Another meeting with friends. And again Sunday at low tide. Eric barbecued excellent veggie sausages, ScubaJess cheerful company and Mike, as always, friendly shore support. Although I could not join them in diving, I donned wetsuit and for 58 minutes snorkeled along the jetty and the kelp bed.
I forgot to mention, Happy Birthday Pat !
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:15 am

While conducting my Sea Star Wasting survey at Langley Harbor and the scene of so many stars dying was rather depressing, I had a companion following me for most of the dive - Pacific Harbor Seal. The local fish were not too thrilled to have it around, but I didn't mind :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Sharkb8 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:35 am

I saw the same thing near the T-Dock in Mulkiteo last weekend. It was disheartening with all the positive signs as of late
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:57 am

Langley Harbor, August 12. I managed to make one dive before the tooth extraction since the DAN recommends:
"Normally, four to six weeks is sufficient time to allow for the risk of infection, provided there has been good healing and gum tissue has begun to fill in the empty socket."
What I found wasn't pretty. Wasting sea stars all over the place, too numerous to count. Most of them Mottled stars. I found only one small Sunflower star, about 3 inches across, none of the larger juveniles I saw here six weeks ago :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:28 pm

Keystone, August 11. I could only watch as group of my friends negotiated the slippery rocks on their way to the another underwater adventure. Congratulations ScubaJess on her 700th dive!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:02 am

Diver finds Lewis's moonsnail. The Moonsnail just laid eggs in the form of a collar. In the process finds its favorite meal - cockle bivalve. Cockle escapes using its long foot, flipping the moonsnail upside down in the process. Diver figures out while he finds many of cockles out on the surface instead of being buried up to their siphons as is the norm... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:13 am

The old wharf, better known as "The Pilings" is in my humble opinion becoming less of an attraction. Battered by last winter storms and invaded by kelp even between the inner pilings, it lost its feel as an underwater cathedral. Feels more like an obstacle course... These days I spend just a short time here before I head to the more attractive Jetty on the other end of the rope trail.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:35 am

Few of the Keystone Jetty residents - Lingcod colors and rockfish, some of them gravid.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:40 pm

Yes Curt, drone shot by a fellow diver who let me use the image.
What I find interesting is that the anemone is still in the same spot for the sixteen years I have started to keep an eye on that rock.
Octopus used to live in the hole under that rock for many years. Not anymore...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:51 pm

I've read accounts of anemones living for many decades in aquaria - close to a century. 14 years in the wild seems reasonable. Is that a drone shot?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:27 am

Are you coming to Keystone ? Or just to Pickles? :) :) :)

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Post by ScubaJess » Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:44 am

The rock of life is looking so much better! Thanks for posting this, I love to see the changes. :)

I hope we can get together to dive with you on Sunday!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:30 am

Why returning to the same places again and again? One rock from the Keystone Jetty photographed on every dive in past years shows that changes do occur constantly, even if not noticeably, at least not during our short dive there... Only the Painted anemone seems to be a permanent resident.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:53 am

Wrapping up the Deception Pass dive with subjects which do not swim away when you point your camera at them :)
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Post by Jan K » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:18 am

Some of the Deception Pass fish. We don't have Garibaldies, but we do have Lingcod, rockfish and sculpins. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:04 am

Back in the home waters. First dive since California. Where else? Deception Pass! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:31 am

The dive at the "poster child" of Channel Islands National Park - The Arch Rock" on the eastern end of Anacapa Island was rewarding . Gorgonians are another sight absent in waters of Whidbey Island. This concludes our excursion into the California waters . I wish I had my drysuit, for three dives in a row are too hard on this old body of mine :)
Nevertheless, it was all worth it...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:11 am

Miscellany from the last day of diving at Anacapa Island.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:46 am

Sea hares. They are big, they are not rare, but it took a trip to California to see them with my own eyes !
It is never too late... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:51 am

Garibaldi, the California State Fish
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:10 am

We did not find many nudibranchs this time, but the Spanish shawl is a beautiful one :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Penopolypants » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:26 am

Those blue banded gobies are so pretty!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:54 am

Yes Curt, diving with Maya is a special treat for me, since it doesn't happen that often ...


The discovery tour in the new underwater realm continues. What is an routine sighting of a common critter for the locals, is exciting new critter of wonder for us. Maya gets credit for the closeups photos while I try to capture the scene these critters live with my wide angle setup.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:59 pm

Conditions may have been sub-optimal, but you still find interesting things to photograph. Treasure your dives with Maya. I miss diving with my sons.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:28 am

Anacapa Island, July 18. Scenes from the kelp forest.
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