I am starting to process pictures from recent dives, here are few more from the Labor Day weekend. I don't find Ghost anemones anywhere else on Whidbey Island, there are plenty of Scalyhead and Buffalo sculpins, finding them resting on nudibranchs - not so often.
After one month absence, I returned to Langley Harbor and found wasting sea stars underway in vast numbers, mainly the Mottled (Evasterias troschelii) and Ochre ( Pisaster ochraceus). Also none of the juvenile Pycnopodias were nowhere to be seen. The visibility in the shallows was only few feet, so the survey above the 20 foot thermocline was limited for swim through on entry and exit swim. The wasting seems to affect adult and juveniles, so at least here at Langley, immunity developed by the new generation of stars is not evident. The whole experience is very depressing as pieces of starfish are all over the place. :( :( :(
Curt, I could not agree more. Cruising the islands has nothing to do with the luxurious accommodations ...
Another wetsuit dive in Discovery Passage: Argonaut Wharf, Campbell River, Vancouver Island. Canada. It was nice to see healthy Sunflower stars and no wasting observed in any of the other stars. Also I added new critter to my list, Spotted flatworm.