Whidbey Island Critters

Fish & Invertebrate sightings and descriptions, hosted by resident NWDC ID expert Janna Nichols (nwscubamom).
User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:01 am

Keystone Jetty, March 29th.
While Pat found many Lumpsuckers and I didn't see not even one, I found GPO out in the open, which at the jetty is a rare sight these days. Not a Giant one, but now I settle for any size ...
I managed to get air leak on my pressure gauge and still can't find a single blade of Bull kelp among the seaweed dominated by Japanese wireweed in the shallows near the jetty...
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:22 pm

Possession Point Fingers, March 31st.
Adding new fish to the list is getting harder and harder.
Diving the wall, I spotted this small fish under an overhang, could not get a better angle, so have to settle for this. In spite of its name, the Puget Sound sculpin eluded me all these years I been diving here :)
Image

User avatar
oldsalt
I've Got Gills
Posts: 1017
Joined: Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:02 am

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:12 am

Congratulations on a new sighting.
Curt :rawlings:
Happy to be alive.

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:48 pm

Thanks Curt, it is satisfying to add another specie to the list of critters found.
Of course, diving the same places over and over, make it harder.


Well, it looks like we will have to wait and see the baby rockfish grow little older until we can be sure who they are.
These Keystone Jetty youngsters are still too small to ID them...
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:00 pm

Deception Pass April 4.
Unlike two weeks ago, the one hour and five minute difference between the old and new current tables were opposite in their prediction. This time, new tables were correct. Of course, because we had Small Craft Warning West winds during the night, there was quite a surge at the Little North Beach and I could not judge the current flow from the beach. Thus this time, I entered the water too early. Visibility was dismal, silty ten feet. Photographically speaking, the dive was not rewarding.
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:13 am

April 2nd. Driftwood Park Pond.
The slimy algae is starting to take over the shallows. Moon jellies still present, some displaying the weird upside down mode. Surprisingly, some of the oysters which somebody dumped in from the road, are still alive. The hardy Sticklebacks are hugging the very shallow waters beneath the floating driftwood debris.
Image
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:56 am

April 5th. Skyline.
Red and orange are the colors of Skyline.
Cucumbers, fish and scaleworms - brighten up the dives here these days...
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:33 am

Keystone April 9th. Little bit choppy and overcast skies, but good visibility, about 25 feet beneath the waves. Still not a sign of Bull kelp, plenty of the invasive Japanese wireweed. Other kelp species seem to be doing OK, the Sugar wrack, Stalked kelp ad miscellaneous red seaweeds begin to cover the rocks and seafloor in the shallows. The Kelp perch were nibbling on the wireweed, so maybe change of diet for them, unless there was something hiding in that weed they liked. Two Painted anemones were trying to eat Great sculpin, one working the head, the other stretching out to get the rear end. Never a dull moment at the jetty. :)
Image
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:50 am

Keystone Jetty. Slugs, crabs and seaweed.
We got them all :)
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:07 pm

April 13th. Update on the mysterious baby rockfish at Keystone. Yesterday I took another picture of one of them and sent it to juvenile rockfish expert at NOAA. He was kind enough to send me his take on the mystery. He and Milton Love agree that it is most likely YOY Puget Sound Rockfish. I included part of the e-mail I received today describing the elimination process in identifying Young Of Year rockfish.
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:18 am

Keystone Jetty, Sunday April 11th. The weather was beautiful and many divers found their way to Whidbey. The parking was full and it was a busy even underwater. I encountered large group of GUE divers on my way out when the visibility worsened considerably compared to what it was when I started my dive. But it was a nice dive, the now famous male Scalyhead sculpin living in his empty barnacle shell on Rock of Life hosted yet another female and I could spy some more eggs hidden behind him. By now, the sculpin was photographed more than any other fish at the jetty. :)
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:22 am

Keystone Jetty. April 12th.
Finally, sign of hope. Guided by tip from diver friends, (thank you,Joe and Dave), I was able to take picture of the first Bull Kelp youngster, emerging from the maze of already established seaweeds. Although, the prospects of forest of Bull Kelp canopy remains in question, the invasive wireweed keeps winning the territory battle. And the Bull kelp should be already much taller. Well, we shall see...
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:33 pm

Few slugs from resent dives at Keystone Jetty. The Stubby Dendronotus and the Chocolate aeolid are still very small.
Image
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:09 am

Keystone Jetty, April 10th. Still catching up with scenes from recent dives.
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Last edited by Jan K on Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:13 am

April 14th. Interrupting the Keystone Jetty diving stream with dive at the Possession Point Fingers 🙂
Definitely less color here...
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:27 am

April 16th. Lagoon Point.
Not much meet on these shrimps.
Actually, the Skeleton shrimp is NOT a shrimp at all. :)
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:22 pm

There is more than just Skeleton shrimp occupying the space under the floating docks. Here are some nudibranchs.
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Apr 20, 2021 6:04 pm

As reminder to all, not just my diver friends - get vaccinated so that the only mask we will have to wear in the future is the diving mask ! :)
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 4551
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Apr 21, 2021 4:23 pm

And back to Keystone Jetty.
April dives snapshots.
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

Post Reply