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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:22 am
by Jan K
Thank you Jess, glad you enjoy the postings :)

Keystone Jetty encounter with a Pacific staghorn sculpin.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:36 am
by ScubaJess
Jan! You are awesome!!! I love those Ling pics and the Rock fish school makes me so happy!!!
Also Happy Birthday to My favorite dive spot Deception Pass!!! Thanks for the great info all the time!!! :)

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:23 am
by Jan K
Good news: The big Lingcods are back at Keystone Jetty !
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:57 pm
by Jan K
Happy 83rd birthday to the Deception Pass Bridge, which spans over the waters of my favorite dive spot .
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:43 pm
by Jan K
Langley Harbor. At the moment, the only locality on Whidbey Island where I see large number of sea star wasting. But still large numbers of healthy ones. So I am still hopeful ... I am trying to find explanation why so many sea stars pile up on top of each other in certain spots, and it is not for spawning or food. Searching the internet did not provide any answers. Only Mottled and Ochre stars are doing it here at Langley. The Pink short-spined stars, also present here in great numbers, are not joining the congregations.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:01 am
by Jan K
Wrapping up July 23 and 24 Deception Pass photo session...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:01 am
by Jan K
Hello little Red Irish Lord ! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:36 am
by Jan K
More from the last two dives at Deception Pass.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:08 am
by Jan K
Deception Pass July 23 and 24. Beautiful sunny weather above lit up the underwater colors as well. The beach was filled with tourists basking in the sun, and parking was an issue. Nevertheless, I managed and had great two afternoon dives there. Tried shooting selfies to make the usual pics from the Pass a little different.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:09 am
by Jan K
Thank you Gdog for kind words.

What a difference one month does. I revisited Driftwood Park and found the small cluster of Japanese wireweed in bad shape. Probably a seasonal thing. Algae likes the higher summer temperatures and begins to cover other organism.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:32 pm
by Gdog
Very well done as always Jan, I love reading this thread!

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:02 am
by Jan K
And this concludes pics from the July Skyline dives :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:21 am
by Jan K
No Skyline dive would be complete without an encouter with a Wolf eel, even if only a juvenile.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:36 am
by Jan K
More from Skyline July 16 and 17 dives.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:53 am
by Jan K
The Skyline wall on Fidalgo Island. I enjoyed two days of diving there under sunny skies and comfortable tide currents. I love the variety of marine life and the colors there. Buffalo sculpins all over the place. They are easy to photograph, they don't move much,for they hope that their camouflage makes them invisible :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:40 am
by Jan K
Attention divers! Those little "flags" streaming from the ends of Red sea urchins are not what you think they are ...
Read all about it. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:05 pm
by Jan K
Giant sea cucumber. Contributing to the bad visibility on my dive in Langley Harbor. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:07 pm
by Jan K
Langley Harbor sea star survey. Bad visibility at Tire reef, unusual - the visibility in the shallows was better (6-8 feet) while below the thermocline it dropped to four feet. Ochre stars are still wasting away, nevertheless, hundreds of baby stars on rocks below the seawall still look healthy.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:03 am
by ScubaJess
Jan you are so cool!!!! Love all these snaps :)

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:02 am
by Tidepool Geek
Hi Jan,
Your photography is always terrific, but you've outdone yourself with that image of nudibranch eggs - incredible detail!

Plus, I always enjoy seeing photos of things named for the wrong color; like the yellow "White Nudibranch" or a purple "Ochre Star" or a yellow/green "Red Irish Lord". Keep up the good work!


Colorfully yours,
Alex

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:44 am
by Jan K
Celebrating the Fourth at Deception Pass.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:32 am
by Jan K
July begins with another visit to the Driftwood Park.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:22 pm
by Jan K
Happy Fourth to all ! :salute:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:01 am
by Jan K
Thank you Gdog, ScubaJess

Coupeville Wharf dive. Visibility only couple feet on the bottom where most of the sea stars live, so this survey is inconclusive as far as the sea star wasting goes.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:56 am
by ScubaJess
I want to see those sparkly guys!! Looks really fascinating!!!
Nice work Jan!!!!!! :)