Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:32 am

More from the Keystone Jetty dive. It looks like the Bull kelp is coming up in spite of the Japanese wireweed jungle taking over in some sections of the shallows.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:20 am

I noticed recently that the signature fish of Keystone Jetty, the Lingcod, seem to be scarce. You could always count on encounter very big specimen on your dive. Lingcod were everywhere, on the seafloor and on rocks of jetty, indulge in the protection from fishing inside the protected area of the underwater park, ignoring diver presence, treating us as nuisance, not danger. At first I thought that it is because of poor visibility, that I am just not seeing them because of it. But, on Thursday, I had great visibility, over twenty feet, and there were not Lingcod to be found. Plenty of Striped perch in the shallower water, school of Black rockfish on the far end of the jetty, on the ferry side, but after all that search, I found only five Lingcod,, one large, not one of the giants. And I hear from other divers, that they noticed it too. In all the years I have been diving the Keystone Jetty, I experienced anything like this . :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:53 am

Yesterday at Keystone, I came across this jellyfish predator. Its prey: jellyfish ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby YellowEye » Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:06 pm

Wow that's quite the gang of sclayheads from the 8th! I hope to get out there next time!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Vjw » Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:58 pm

Beautiful pictures!
Glad to hear the finger sponge wasting disease seems to have stopped.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:43 pm

More views from the two recent dives at Deception Pass.
The good news is that it looks like widespread wasting of the Finger sponges stopped.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:37 pm

Good job Fritz, it is a small world indeed.

Meanwhile on remote Whidbey beach the continuing saga of the young dead whale...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby fmerkel » Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:01 pm

Nice set of pix Jan. Always glad to see you.
Rhoda spotted the weight pouch the woman from Sunday lost. It was sitting right on the rock nose some people enter from. I went out and got it, didn't even need scuba.
Called her on the way home. She's an Aquarium volunteer and was on duty. She stopped by our house and picked it up on the way home. Turns out her dad was Joyce's Aquarium dive buddy for awhile. Small world sometimes.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:40 pm

Deception Pass, Monday April 9. Once again, Low Tide higher than the High Tide prediction.
And we got sun in addition to favorable, even if again confusing currents.
Some divers not old enough to be retired I think played hooky and joined in for the dive. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby fmerkel » Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:36 am

Confusing indeed. Flood > slack > ebb > flood again > ebb again. Most of us spent 15" swimming 'home' against the flood before it really changed.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:31 pm

Thanks Chris, it was a fun trip.

Sunday morning at the Deception Pass. Divers, divers and more divers. First decent currents since the gate to Little North Beach opened. I noticed that the prediction for near Bowman Bay list the Low Tide levels higher than the High Tide prediction. Makes you wonder how that works. Well, we had interesting currents, not strong, just confused, depending where one happened to be.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby H20doctor » Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:34 pm

Amazing Jan... Yr mexico trip and pics look Great
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:07 am

Crimson aka Snakelock aka Chevron-tentacle anemone with eggs.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:11 pm

Thanks for kind words guys ...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:06 pm

Jan: As a whale enthusiast, I read your posting with great interest. I have been watching three grays feeding in front of my house for the last month. One of them appears to be a juvenile similar to the one you photographed. Since they have been hanging out on the east of Whidbey, I doubt it is the same. The ghost shrimp feeding that they pursue while they are here is described as a "high risk strategy". I suspect that will lead to a high mortality. Thanks for posting this. - Curt
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:19 am

Hi Jan,
Great images as always but I also want to thank you for digging up all that background information.
Appreciatively yours,
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby fmerkel » Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:33 am

That was a worthy bit of education.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:39 pm

Yesterday I managed to reach the beached dead Gray whale just few minutes ahead of the knives. While the scientists were setting up their workstations, I had chance to scoot around the dead body and snap some pictures. What was amazing were the parasites making the poor whale their home. The lice especially look like stuff of nightmares. So here are some scenes, probably more than you care for :) My friend Mary Jo Adams was there too, her photos give you better idea what was going on there, I had to stay behind the cordoned area, that when the telephoto came handy. I have to give them credit, they dug into the task on hand with enthusiasm I probably could not muster...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:53 pm

More from the Possession Point Fingers dive.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:24 am

Possession Point Fingers dive. Locked gate translates into pushing a dock cart down the hill (easy), before the dive and uphill (hard), after the dive. But the reward is a nice dive. The bad news is that the numbers and diversity of marine species is noticeably way down, here, as in all other places around Whidbey Island. And checking my notes from past years, it is not a seasonal occurrence. :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:58 am

White dendronotids feasting on hydroids - Driftwood Park.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:06 pm

Driftwood Park dive. Three healthy Sunflower stars, surprisingly, no other species of star found there. Painted greenlings guarding eggs, and of course, lots of Wrinkled dogwinkle snails and their eggs. Juvenile Wolf-eel, only one today. And not so welcome news from the local newspaper :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:29 am

Few more from the Skyline dive.
In the Wolf-eel standoff, nobody moved while I waited to see if the crab will become a meal.
After five minutes, I had to move on ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:58 am

March 29 dive. Sponge and few slugs from Skyline.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:29 am

It has been a while since I reported on the health of starfish around Whidbey Island. The good news: No Wasting sighted! .
And some Sunflower stars are now appearing too. :)
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