Whidbey Island Critters

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Deception Pass, September 2nd dive.
All these fishermen - not interested in these fishies :)
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Deception Pass, September 2nd dive.
Compound tunicates.
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Langley Harbor, September 5th dive.
It was asad sight with so many Mottled stars wasting away, did not feel like taking pictures of that. The few Sunflower stars I did find looked healthy, but I don't know if the many I seen in the past moved away or turned into wasted goo. I hope they moved to deeper, colder water. THe Painted greenlings keep laying eggs all year around, at least it seems that way. As a good deed for the day, I released some Dungeness crabs from lost trap, left the door open to eliminate future kill...
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Skyline, September 14th dive.
Finding Decorated Warbonnet during daytime is not an easy task. The dark, dreary, foggy early morning above the water probably helped to keep this one closer to the opening of the hiding crevice.
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Skyline September 14 dive.
Crimson anemone, Sponge and shrimp.
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More from the Skyline dive. September 14th.
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Keystone Jetty, September 15th dive.
Except for the Buffalo and the Plumose anemones, plenty of red color on these critters... :)
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Deception Pass, September 17th dive.
Lots of fishermen, only two of us diving. The currents were really
crazy today, slack short and eddy very strong.
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Deception Pass, September 17th dive.
Rough Keyhole Limpet and Sea stars one can find at the Pass. Surprisingly, these days, not many.
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Lagoon Point, September 20th dive.
You know there are many Stout shrimps living in the marine growth under the floating docks
when they don't mind to land on your hand holding camera :)
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Lagoon Point, September 20th dive.
The place doesn't have much of fish population, not close to the surface where the visibility is fair.
Less than 2 feet visibility below five feet all the way to the bottom, which is muck...
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Langley Harbor, September 22nd dive.
The bad news is that Sea Star Wasting Disease is now in full swing here, out of 5 sea star species found here, only the Leather star is not affected. Yet. The large Pycnos either died off or moved to deeper water. Many Ochre, Mottled, Spiny Pink and few remaining juvenile Pycnos are showing signs of stress, wasting or total destruction. There are still many healthy ones, but overall, the numbers are way down from just month ago.
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Langley Harbor, September 22nd dive.
Lion's Mane Jelly hunting among the mooring cables.
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Langley Harbor September 22nd dive.
Some of the fish.
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Langley Harbor, September 23rd dive.
Anemones. Not sure what are the white "veins" inside tentacles of some of the Painted anemones.
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Langley Harbor, September 28th dive.
Evening dive. Lot of gunnels with one Cockscomb.
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