Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:39 am

The color specific name leads us astray, since they are capable of changing their color to match their surroundings. This fish does not want to be found.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:35 am

Thanks Tom :)

Red Irish Lord guarding eggs in Langley Harbor. In spite of its name, not easy to spot in the green underwater world.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tom Nic » Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:46 pm

And just when ya thought it couldn't get more epic.... Jan - "Hold my 'pencils'!"
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:25 am

The Stones are coming, the Warbonnets are here ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:51 am

Driftwood Park dive
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:32 am

Thanks Gdog.
Few more from Sunday Keystone Jetty.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Gdog » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:20 am

Jan that is epic, love those photos! Crazy how the underwater world ecosystem relies on all residents!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:53 am

Keystone Jetty Sunday. Besides meeting with friends, highlight of my dive was the encounter with Lingcod and its cleaner, Scalyhead sculpin. I had chance to see Lingcod being cleaned by sculpins many times before, but this time, the little fish inside the cavernous mouth ignored me completely and even came to take a look at me. I even took a selfie... :) :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:22 am

Coupeville Wharf, Penn Cove, Whidbey Island. The decline in numbers of sea stars continues...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:15 am

Possession Point Fingers.
Fall colors underwater. Autumn Bull Kelp and more ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:58 pm

Sea star surveys, November 2018
Since I got that nasty cold, my dives were few in the last two months. The stars are still wasting here and there, Langley Harbor is the only place on Whidbey where they are still numerous, except for the Sunflower stars ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by H20doctor » Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:28 pm

wow .... great Pictures Jan.... i miss Langley tire reef
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:31 am

After almost two months, I dived at Langley Harbor again and the welcoming party of rockfish, perch and gunnels made my day ! Whitespotted greenling was fending off tirelessly potential predators of eggs it was guarding. Mostly Copper rockfish followed me around at the tire reef as if they knew how much I enjoy their company. The gunnels were not as numerous as in the past years, but still fun to watch them peering from their hiding place.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:42 am

Slowly testing the waters for diving again. Beautiful sunny day at Keystone, except for focusing light not working and strobes intermittent firing issues, it was good to swim with the fishes again. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:37 pm

Did somebody said today is World Slug Day ? I almost missed it ! :) :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:31 am

Well, it started as a sunny day, but by the time I suited up for the dive, the clouds covered the skies overhead. Nevertheless, I was in a good company, group of young divers getting ready to explore the underwater scene of Keystone. Some of the "critters" I saw underwater :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Vjw » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:26 pm

Beautiful photos! So glad you got back under the water!!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:07 am

Few more sights from Tuesday Keystone dive.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:45 am

After three weeks of dry gills, I visited the underwater world again. It sure felt good, even if it was only a short dive. At the shallows, I was greeted by a school of bait fish (kind of derogatory term I admit), chased by a small Harbor seal. I couldn't get a picture, for the seal was keeping away from me, just on the border of visibility, which wasn't too good in the shallows close to the beach. Once I got into deeper water at the end of Jetty, the visibility improved considerably, but no herring there ... Not bad way to celebrate a birthday :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:22 am

Curt, I am glad you are still with us, even if you are not diving. We have to keep an eye on what is going on underwater, for there is too many people giving up on diving lately, for whatever reason. I understand that many of us don't have the choice, health reasons being the common one amongst us "old farts", but I wish I could see more young people entering the scene. I feel lonely most of the times I suit up at sites around Whidbey. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:11 am

I'm glad you're still posting. Since I gave up diving, the pictures from the members of the board are my opportunity to "look under the tent". I still watch sea critters, mostly whales. I watched a gray whale feeding yesterday. I doubt that I will ever see a "flying slug" again except on this board. They were a rare occurrence when I was diving.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:46 am

"Flying" through the water column - little slug called strangely Pacific Stomach Wing. Friday critter.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:39 pm

Not all cucumbers are created equal. :)
Next time you come across the white Stiff-footed sea cucumber feed, and have nothing better to do, watch the two much smaller tentacles assist in the feeding. The Red sea cucumber, also feeding in similar fashion, is using only one "hand" (tentacle) to eat. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:19 pm

Still out of order for diving due to nasty head cold. Some photos from the dive in the Pass in the beginning of October. I found first wasting sea star in more than a year.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:35 am

Very sad...
After more than thirty years, Whidbey Island Dive Center is closing its doors. If you have need for any dive gear, now is the time to visit. Great deals on all items in stock.
I will sure miss Pat and all the people whom I had the pleasure meet during the years. Everybody was always very friendly and helpful in so many ways. I feel like I was part of the dive shop.
Good luck Pat on your next venture...
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