Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue May 19, 2020 8:44 am

May 13 dive. Couple sea slugs and more color from Deception Pass.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed May 20, 2020 11:34 am

Yup, more Deception Pass scenery. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri May 22, 2020 9:32 am

Deception Pass. Final installment of images from May dives - surveying sea stars and watching few slugs eating and mating ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun May 24, 2020 9:09 am

Thank you ScubaJess :)

Keystone Jetty. May 16. The visibility is not the greatest due to the annual Spring planktonic soup, which is necessary to provide us with future life, so instead of complaining, I click away pointing the camera at the jetty rocks :)
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Post by Jan K » Mon May 25, 2020 9:27 am

Keystone Jetty, May 16. The Giant Plumose Anemones, so numerous there are partially responsible for the planktonic soup. Releasing their gametes into the water column, adding more stuff into the annual reproductive activity of marine life. Interestingly, only few anemones choose to do the gamete release, most choose probably to go the asexual way. :)
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Post by Jan K » Wed May 27, 2020 7:45 am

Keystone Jetty, May 18. Two days later, no more spawning, but visibility still soso, about ten feet.
The Decorator crab here did not find much to dress up in. Actually it looks like many of us now, in the time of Covid-19 ... :)
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Post by Jan K » Thu May 28, 2020 12:48 pm

Another peek under the Driftwood Park drifting wood. :)
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Post by Jan K » Fri May 29, 2020 3:48 pm

This was the first time I found Purple Shore Crab , or any crab for that matter, in the Driftwood pond.
This dive, I found four of them ...
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Post by Jan K » Sat May 30, 2020 12:31 pm

Deception Pass. May 29. Just three divers in water and two fishermen on the beach !
And the sun shining through some thin clouds.
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Post by Jan K » Sat May 30, 2020 12:49 pm

Deception Pass, May 29. Not very easy to find among all the marine life covering every inch of the area close to the bridge. This Decorated Warbonnet would not venture out of its hiding hole.
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Post by Jan K » Sun May 31, 2020 10:42 am

Sunday - slugs from recent dives.
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Frequently found on rocks at Keystone. L.cockerelli & the L.sp.
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Post by Jan K » Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:50 pm

Deception Pass May 29. No Sea Star Wasting Disease observed.
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Post by Jan K » Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:00 am

Scenes from the pond. The undetermined specie of sponge now appearing in a ball form.
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Post by Jan K » Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:33 pm

Shrimp and oysters. Not, this is not the menu at the local seafood restaurant.
Just some critters living under and among the driftwood :) :) :)
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Post by Jan K » Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:37 pm

Keystone June 1. Starting the new month at the island's popular diving hole. :)
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Post by Jan K » Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:25 am

Keystone Jetty. Baby Mosshead warbonnet, Puget Sound rockfish and Sharpnose crab for you Sunday morning viewing pleasure.
Dash of color on this gray, drizzly daybreak. :)
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Post by Jan K » Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:36 am

Keystone Jetty. Wrap up of the June 1st dive...
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Post by Jan K » Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:55 pm

Langley Harbor, June 3. Visibility is bad these days, planktonic soup all the way down to the tire reef.
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Post by Jan K » Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:32 pm

Driftwood Park. June 4. Japanese invasion in the Whidbey Ponds. :)
Japan mussels, sometimes clinging on Japanese wireweed.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:52 pm

So it is kind of slimy, but if I am right, and it is what I think, it helps us live... I am lost in the world of algae.
So if somebody knows more, please educate me. Meanwhile, lets dive into the rather slimy water :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:04 am

It was a busy week at Deception Pass. It started on Thursday, June 11th. It rained, the slack was quite early, I had the Pass to myself. No other divers, no fishermen, no tourists. Because of the overcast weather above, it was little too dark down below. The many Monterey dorid slugs didn't mind. But it is always nice when we shine some light on the scene... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:39 am

June 12. Day 2 of the Deception Pass dive mini marathon. In the rainy morning I am joined by two friends, also Pass addicts, Eric and Scuba Jess. Highlight of the dive for me was finding new to me slug, King's aldisa. At first I thought it was flatworm, since I did not see any rhinophores or gills.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:39 am

June 12. Day 2 of the Deception Pass dive mini marathon. In the rainy morning I am joined by two friends, also Pass addicts, Eric and Scuba Jess. Highlight of the dive for me was finding new to me slug, King's aldisa. At first I thought it was flatworm, since I did not see any rhinophores or gills.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:28 am

Wow Jan, you're rewriting the books again. Porlier Pass, Fearnie Bluff, Agamemnon Channel, and Deception Pass. I've dived each of those places, but don't remember seeing Aldisa. Not surprising, each one provides a bounty of novel sights - shipwrecks, cloud sponges, amazing walls - I would probably not notice a small white slug. Good find.
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