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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:00 am
by Jan K
First dive of the new year. Lagoon Point, January 1st 2021. The weather around Whidbey Island was not the nicest, plenty of wind and rain.
So I dived into the protected waters of the canal and revisited the muck habitat under the floating docks.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:38 pm
by Jan K
Yesterday January 6th, after the dive at Driftwood, I spent the afternoon waiting for the dredging equipment leave the Keystone waters.
Finally. Here are some pictures from the new Keystone Jetty Underwater Park beachhead...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:54 pm
by Jan K
Saturday, January 9th. It was cold, but waiting for sunrise under the mostly clear skies was made bearable in good company of friends. We were rewarded by good visibility underwater. So it all was worth leaving the warm bed while it was still dark and freezing outside :) :) :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:19 pm
by Jan K
The Keystone Jetty might be now open to divers again, but southerly winds make it difficult there, so instead of new pictures, here are more from Saturday dive. And did I mention that there are many Wrinkled dogwinkle snails there ? And Striped seaperch too... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:12 pm
by Jan K
Last batch of pictures from Saturday Keystone. Snaps from the shallow part of jetty...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:55 pm
by Jan K
After almost two days, electric power is back on !

Langley Harbor January 8th. So many lost traps littering the sea floor... People place them from the floating dock and the lines get tangled in the mooring cables holding the docks and make it impossible to recover the traps later. In the past I helped to remove them, but the onslaught continued and I would had to spend my dives on that instead on my sea star surveys. Now when I find abandoned trap, I free the occupants and leave the door open so nothing gets caught in them.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:56 am
by Jan K
For a month now, I watch commercial divers (sometimes up to five boats), slowly moving around Mutiny Bay digging up Geoducks. What will be left after they leave? I am not trying to stir the pot, we have enough problems lately in this country. But it keeps me wondering, do we have to be so efficient in harvesting our seas ?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:53 am
by Jan K
The Keystone dredging finished, calm winds on Saturday brought plenty of divers back to Whidbey Island. Although it was overcast and gray above the water, color could be found below. It took little bit of hiking to get to the water edge, but worth it. :)
It was great to see friends again...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:42 am
by Jan K
Keystone Jetty, Friday January 15th. Glad to enjoy the site after almost three months of closure due to dredging. The Giant Plumose anemone, the signature animal gracing the jetty rocks, looks more like a flower. Here the anemones are predominantly white, but the orange variety peeks out here and there, just to make it more interesting. At Langley, on the other side of Whidbey Island, it is the way around, the orange variety is dominant, the white is rare. Go figure..Male Scalyhead sculpin guarding eggs inside empty Giant Barnacle shell gives me the evil eye as I try to get closer look. Life is good :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:03 pm
by Jan K
Kelp greenling males are also guarding eggs, and most of their eggs are also in empty barnacle shells.
The greenling spend lot of time chasing away the Striped perch which are cruising all over the jetty now.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:26 pm
by Dominick Gheesling
Absolutely LOVE your posts!!!

Looking forward to diving in PNW very soon.