Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:40 am

Skyline wall Buffalo sculpins. They were all over the place. These are just few of them ...
And one Wolf eel youngster :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:52 am

As many times as I saw the little "flags" streaming off the ends of sea urchin spines,
I never realized that they are home to numbers of tiny amphipods. Isn't nature amazing ? :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:06 am

THAT'S SO COOL! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:42 am

Skyline wall dive - first the shallows. It is quite a long swim before the wall begins , but still there is something to see ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:36 am

July 20, 1969 "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Neil Armstrong.
Moon jellies - Driftwood Park - 2017 :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:52 am

More from last dives at Deception Pass .
I hope you are not tired of it :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby YellowEye » Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:52 am

Jan K wrote:Deception Pass Sunday. More from the Underwater Garden of Eden.
Divers blowing more bubbles. Except one, he was on rebreather :)


That'd be @Yevgeniy!!!
Great photos Jan, glad you had fun out there!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:51 pm

Deception Pass Sunday. More from the Underwater Garden of Eden.
Divers blowing more bubbles. Except one, he was on rebreather :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:59 pm

Deception Pass July 14 and 15. The marine life here does not disappoint. Here are some sights, more to follow :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:38 am

Langley Harbor. Although the water temperature is rising, sea stars here are still doing fine. Among the hundreds of healthy I found only two Ochre stars wasting. One Pink star even grows an extra ray. While most fish swim "normally", some like to be different. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:57 pm

Keystone Jetty, Grunt and Scalyhead sculpins, still only babies :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:23 pm

This time I find only very small shrimp at Keystone. The adults moved off to somewhere,
I did not find any much larger than one inch. This youngster munches on polychaete worm ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:05 am

Barnacles, oh barnacles. The bane of sailors and their ships, the nuisance of many marine critters (like these Helmet crabs) and yet, a food source for some. Barnacle Eating Nudibranch is an fittingly named one of them. The rocks of Keystone Jetty are the example what happens when there is too much of a good thing...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:40 am

Keystone Jetty. The July visibility is still poor, divers are making the best out of it, hopefully it will improve soon.
Fortunately, there is always something there to enjoy ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:46 am

Keystone Jetty, July 1st. Leather stars in the process of making more Leather stars by releasing gametes into already murky waters.
I found three engaged in the action, and one not interested in procreation at all ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:46 pm

Few more from Friday dive at Deception Pass...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:59 am

Deception Pass, last day of June and another tide cycle. Nobody else at the Little North Beach. Maybe the fog is keeping people away, no divers, no fishermen, no tourists. When I return to the surface one hour later, the sun is shining, the fog cleared, at least at the Pass and few tourists enjoy the scenery now.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:26 pm

Jan, I doubt that courageous young man 49 years ago could have foreseen the amazing adventure that unfolded with your life. Count me as among the people grateful that you made that swim. I'm sitting on my deck looking at Langley as I type this. I wish non-divers could understand the profound change that the sea has experienced as shown by seastar wasting and the invasion of the pyrosomes. Keep coming up.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:12 pm

Tangfish wrote:Gorgeous Langley Harbor photos!


Thanks. To celebrate the 49th anniversary of my swim to freedom, I revisited Langley Harbor.
Visibility this time worsened considerably and to make matters worse, I found more wasting sea stars than on any recent dives. :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tangfish » Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:39 pm

Gorgeous Langley Harbor photos!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:49 am

Langley Harbor. Few scenic shots from what used to be a popular dive site, now off limit.
There used to be many more Plumose anemones on tires and the pilings, much more diverse marine life too.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:23 am

Keystone Jetty visibility still rather dismal. I keep returning to hope for improvement,
but the plankton soup combined with the ferry induced silt keeps on dominating the scene :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:24 am

More from the Sunday Deception Pass experimenting, until the current chased me out of water :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:02 pm

On Saturday dive at Deception Pass, I was experimenting with back-lighting, using focusing light. That proved to be inadequate, so on Sunday I used an electronic strobe instead. Playing around with it was fun. The problem was to make sure that the sensor on the slave strobe on tripod was not obscured since the strobes on my camera active it. Got plenty dark shots in the process. Too bad time in the Pass is limited and visibility wasn't all that good, lot of particulates in the water. It is work in progress ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:30 pm

If the currents of Deception Pas are not a big enough thrill for you,
there is a several hundred years old 200 feet tall Douglas fir you might want to climb :)
I settled for Sunday dive, little bit cheaper. I came across young Chinook salmon as a bonus.
The only other diver there had a mishap with his scooter right after entering the water,
so on this Father's Day I had the Pass all to myself ...
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