Whidbey Island Critters

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Keystone Jetty, July 23rd dive with Maya.
Late afternoon dive, with the sun setting and lots of particles in the water, it felt more like a night dive. :)
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Langley Harbor, July 25th dive.
Some fish, some crabs and yes, some sea stars too. :)
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Skyline, August 1st dive.
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Skyline, August 1st.
Send in the clowns ... :)
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And more from Skyline ...
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Holmes Harbor, August 3rd dive.
It looks like a nursery for Sunflower stars. Many little Pycnopodia on blades of Sugar kelp.
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Deception Pass, August 5th dive.
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Possession Point Fingers, August 9th dive.
Some of the views:
Blue Lingcod and the wall, Grunt sculpin and California Cucumber making friends with Buffalo sculpin. :)
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Possession Point Fingers, August 9th dive.
Few more locals...
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Driftwood Park, August 10th dive.
Great sculpins moved onto the pile of tires .
It seems other species of fish enjoy the comforts of discarded toilet. :)
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Driftwood Park, August 10th dive.
I watched at two spots on the small tire reef the Grateful Decorator Crabs what looked like cleaning stuff off the skin of Buffalo sculpin.
The crabs were covered with the egg capsules of Wrinkled Dogwinkle snails.
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Langley Harbor, August 11th dive.
I encountered small octopus, some resemblance of the three eyelashes would classify it as possible Red.
So here we go... 🙂
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Langley Harbor dive, August 11th.
First sign of Sunflower star wasting :(
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Driftwood Pond, August 13th dive.
Glassy Bubble shell slugs.
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The two Driftwood Ponds, August 13th dive.
The scenery underwater is kind of weird, moe appropriate for Halloween :)
And of course, some trash finds home here too.. :(
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Keystone Jetty, August 15th dive.
What did I see?
One healthy Sunflower star and one juvenile Puget Sound crab.
Skeleton shrimp on Bull kelp, looks like munching on snail eggs.
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August 20th.
Return to Keystone Jetty.
Late afternoon dive with Maya.
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Langley Harbor, August 23rd dive.
Sea Star Wasting Disease starting to affect
some of the Mottled stars... :(
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Possession Point Fingers, August 26th dive.
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Keystone Jetty, August 28th dive.
Counting rockfish with friends...
I don't have enough fingers, I lost my count early in the dive. :)
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Keystone Jetty, August 28th dive.
What would Keystone be without its Lingcod ? Few large females are back.
The crabs are permanent residents, but the Sunflower star is a rare sight these days...
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So nice to see a sunflower star at Keystone, Jan. I really like that scalyhead sculpin photo by the way!
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Tangfish wrote: Sun Sep 04, 2022 2:45 am So nice to see a sunflower star at Keystone, Jan. I really like that scalyhead sculpin photo by the way!
I agree, it is a hopeful sign, lets hope that Sunflower star will return to our waters...


Skyline, August 31st dive.
Also known as Candyland by some divers. :)
Of course, there is much more to enjoy besides the Candy stripe shrimp...
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Skyline, August 31st dive. The new Nudibranchs & Slugs of the Eastern Pacific book includes some new names of slugs we encounter quite often. Now we have two clowns and three whitish dendronotids in our waters. The Red dendronotid kept its name, at least for this time. Good luck in your hunt, keep the camera shutter busy ! :)
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Wrapping up Skyline encounters, August 31st dive.
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