Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:50 am

Keystone Jetty Saturday dive, more views from underwater, post storm scenery. Chunk of concrete bearing the Geo marker ended up underwater, many feet away from its original position. The Wrinkled dogwinkle snails are gathering for their annual mating/ egg laying, covering many of the jetty rocks. As do Leafy hornmouths. Who named these snails ? :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:29 am

The wall built to protect the Keystone boat launch area was not a match for the destructive power of the storm.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:52 pm

This winter seems to punch our region hard. The storm of December 20 completely changed the Keystone Jetty landscape above the water. My first dive there since that storm, this time on glassy calm day, provided some new features underwater as well. The Keystone Harbor Entrance Light 2 did not survive the fury of the seas and now provides home to Northern Kelp Crabs :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:32 am

Thanks Chris, the enjoyment is mutual, I like your work too... :)

Skyline, Fidalgo Island. Black sea cucumbers spawning. As they do every December ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by H20doctor » Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:00 am

Thank you Jan for this amazing thread ... I enjoy every post
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:14 pm

Possession Point Fingers. Red Irish Lords guarding eggs and Northern Kelp Crabs congregate ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:28 am

January 1. First dive of 2019 - Possession Point Fingers...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:04 am

Last dive of 2018 - Skyline.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:17 am

Happy New Year.
"Beauty is everywhere - you only have to look to see it." (Bob Ross).
Even in the mouth of the Painted sea anemone...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:00 am

Langley Harbor. Critters and little bit of history about the tire reef which made this locality a dive destination in the past, before the expansion of the harbor closed it for diving. There is now noticeable decline in variety and numbers of marine life comparing to the "good old days". And I am not even talking about the sea star population crash. There are hundreds of baby stars now present, but if it will return to "normal" is uncertain. The Sunflower stars are missing in the picture. But when the winter winds batter the coastline of Whidbey, Langley usually provides save haven for a survey dive.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:02 am

Curt, there are Sand dollars here, but did not see them on this dive.

Lion's mane jellyfish encounter, Holmes Harbor.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:43 pm

Jan: I have never dived Holmes Harbor, but I have some pleasant memories of evenings at anchor there. I seem to remember that you found some sand dollars there once. Am I right? And Merry Christmas to you as well.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:50 pm

Last dive before I departed Whidbey , just before the storm hit in full force the next day. Holmes Harbor in Freeland providing sheltered waters from the strong southerly winds.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:51 am

Happy Holidays to all, everywhere ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:39 am

At Possession Point Fingers, the Red Irish Lords are guarding the next generation en masse.
The Buffalo sculpins can't be far behind, if local history is any indicator.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:59 am

Another dive at Possession Point Fingers. Maybe the exercise of pushing the cart down and up the forest road does have some benefits, I feel OK :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:54 am

Few sponges and slugs from Possession Point Fingers
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tom Nic » Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:50 pm

Solid Choice!

Yikes! I'm guessing not the best conditions for my first "experiencing Keystone" dives!!!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:03 pm

In case you didn't know or notice, it is windy up here ...
Inside the Point Defiance aquarium, it is so much easier to take pictures of fish... No wind, no waves and one can stay nice and warm :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:33 am

Some of the fish calling Possession Point Fingers home.
The season for Buffalo sculpin and Red Irish Lord egg laying is approaching...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:26 am

Possession Point Fingers dive begins with a dock cart load down the forest road (easy) and ends with pushing that cart uphill after the dive. Not so easy... But the rewards are worth it.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:28 am

It used to be a dilemma in using common name for the critters we encounter and photograph. For example: Noble or Lemon ?
Now a new game, " Name That Nudibranch", aka" If it is on the Internet, it Must Be True" spilled into the scientific arena.
So lets join the crowd of the confused ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:01 pm

Jan Kocian What a difference six years make. Keystone beach January 7, 2012
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:59 am

Keystone Jetty. It is getting harder to walk down to the water :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:20 am

Kelp Greenling. One of the few local fish you can easily tell which one is a male and which is the female.
And now, their eggs are showing up all over Keystone Jetty ...
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