Whidbey Island Critters

Fish & Invertebrate sightings and descriptions, hosted by resident NWDC ID expert Janna Nichols (nwscubamom).
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:45 pm

Juvenile Wolf eel roaming the Skyline realm...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:39 am

Keystone Jetty, July 12. The female Kelp greenlings are very tolerant of divers these days, swimming right up to me, not bothered by my camera strobes at all... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:22 am

Deception Pass, July 13th. Under the sunny skies ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:32 am

Reading the details of the amphipod makes his dwelling seem kind of yucky. Also, with the large range of tides today, currents in the pass are pushing 8 knots. Difficult diving. Thanks, Jan, for continuing to post.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:56 am

Deception Pass July 14th. Another day diving Whidbey Island premier spot. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:36 pm

And back to the wonderful underwater world of Deception Pass. July 13th dive. Sea cucumbers, anemone eating sea cucumber, Sponges, Buffalo and tunicate. Plenty of color, rich marine life all over... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:17 am

Catching up with backlog of pictures. Langley Harbor, July 17th. Seeing so many Ochre stars spawning is a wonderful sight, showing hope for the future...
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Post by Jan K » Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:59 pm

Langley Harbor, July 17th. And here are the juvenile Sunflower stars which hopefully will grow to adulthood and will spawn too. I hope it is not just my wishful thinking, it was dashed here before...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:14 am

While I was enjoying the underwater sights of Skyline Wall, the sign about the spill was posted at the beach entry. Well, these days, it is perilous to be alive ... Ask the unfortunate Colorful Six-rayed star. So enjoy life while you can. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:25 pm

Skyline, July 25th. The water might have been contaminated, but the scenery was still nice.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Scubak » Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:08 am

Beautiful as always Jan!!! I love all the eggs!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:32 am

Wrapping up the Skyline "in poop" dive with few more scenes, including a mystery snail critter I did not see while taking picture of nearby sea star. Heavy cropping from a low quality shot.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:47 am

Keystone Jetty, July 26th. It is matter of perspective, matter of preference. Do I enjoy the expansive sight of the underwater realm with its kelp forest, rocks covered with colorful sessile organism, the darting fish among them, OR,
concentrate on the minute sized beauties of the same area?
It is my dilemma on every dive...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:08 am

Keystone Jetty, July 27. Always pleasure to meet the Queen of Keystone, Pat Gunderson.
She knows where to find the tiniest critters living here and what is important, takes great pictures of them...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Scubie Doo » Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:22 pm

Jan, did you see the lumpy?


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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:49 am

Not this one, Pat is far more effective in finding them, my eyes are failing.
So far this season, I have found only one, very small one :(

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:21 am

Keystone Jetty, July 26-27. Hermit crab, mating slugs and some of the many Buffalo sculpins found these days all over the jetty...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:41 am

Langley Harbor, July 30. No sea star wasting observed, the juvenile Sunflower stars are still at their same popular spots.
Lots of Red rock crabs, not so many Dungeness. Crab traps all over the area...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:28 pm

Possession Point Fingers, August 3rd. Ratfish, slugs, and the resident Decorated warbonnet...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:36 am

Skyline August 7, 2020. Early start, I had to leave home at five so I can enter water at seven AM. All that to find visibility of only six feet. The reward? No currents to fight and a juvenile Wolf-eel came out from its hiding spot and entertained me. 😀
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by derekcs » Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:58 pm

So the sewage is clear?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:57 am

The sewage spill signs are gone.
Few more pics from the Skyline dive.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:13 am

Returning to Keystone Jetty. Saturday August 8th. I came upon a California sea cucumber doing the Twist. I have no idea what that was all about. I have seen this specie doing similar twist while trying to escape Sunflower star, but here, there were no visible predators and it stayed in the same place, just twisting and moving as if pain. Finally, after few minutes, it settled down.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:37 am

Keystone Jetty Sunday August 9. While on Saturday I had the jetty to myself, this time I had plenty of diving company. Even couple of freedivers zoomed by me as I descended through the kelp forest. Most of the others enjoying the underwater world were like me, lugging along air containing cylinders and bunch of lead to keep us down there. Although there were plenty of fish, some of us also look for the small stuff, like a guy with magnifying glass making sure he doesn't miss anything... 😀😀😀
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:15 am

Of course, the show at Keystone on Sunday was more than just divers and small stuff. Protected by the no-fishing at the underwater park, school of rockfish hovering in the water column shows us what it used to be like elsewhere before the arrival of man. And his remarkable skill to catch fish ...
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