Salt Creek Sept 16/17

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Salt Creek Sept 16/17

Post by YellowEye » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:36 am

Howdy
StphnMartin, ScubaJess and I went for some diving/camping at Salt Creek last weekend. Emerald Sea dive club was also there so we got to meet and chat with a bunch of those guys. They were super nice, they even gave us one of their campsites. JMartel and his wife joined us for a dive there Sunday too.

If you haven't been to or heard of Salt Creek, it is on a beautiful part of the Straight of Juan de Fuca, near Port Angeles. The beach has a small rocky bluff with some nice cuts, and a spire off shore. The site experiences a lot of surge and waves, and entry can be difficult. However once you're in, if you are a type of person who can stand a little surge, it's a truly magical place when the conditions are good.

Saturday, the conditions were great -- great viz, sun shine above, and not too much surge! :partydance: :taco: :calvin: It was so beautiful out there! I did a 100 minute dive followed by a 120 minute dive.

Sunday, the conditions were rougher, viz went down, surge went up. We only did one dive about 90 min.

There are three distinct zones to the site
1) surge zone -- this area is filled with boa kelp, surfgrass, green anemones, perch, barnacles, muscles, pink corral, and if you're lucky ROCK GREENLINGS. I wasn't so lucky (never have been!) but somebody from ESDC was lucky to see a Rocky! The surge zone is beautiful but can be quite a ride.
2) kelp zone -- a thick kelpy area, with 3-8 foot deep surge trenches underneath where you can find all sorts of cool critters. Baby orange peel nudibranch is one example. There are also lots of green, purple, red urchins. In some areas the urchins have mowed the kelp, but overall the kelp is very thick and healthy
3) open zone -- out past the kelp, there's a flatter area with some small rock shelves, boulders and cuts. Giant fish-eating anemones are the main attraction here, but you'll also see urchin, rockfish, greenling, mosshead warbonnets, longfin sculpin, glassy plume hydroids (Plumularia setacea, one of my faves), seastars, etc,

There were also beautiful jellies floating thru the area -- tons of cross jellies, but also an egg yolk jelly and a red eye medusa (!)

Here were some of my snaps:
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It was a great weekend! I need to get out there more often...

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Re: Salt Creek Sept 16/17

Post by ScubaJess » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:32 am

wow!!! Those are stunning. I love all the colors and the clear water, it looks tropical. Really nice work!!
I also love glassy plume hydroids they remind me of tribbles!

That surge killed me. I cannot do it, but I really wanted too!
It was so much fun diving/camping/shore support with you guys!
Cannot wait to see Stephens video also :)
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Re: Salt Creek Sept 16/17

Post by stphnmartin » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:39 am

Super beautiful Eric! Saturday was really a great day all around topside and beneath the water. I'll get to the Salt Creek video once the Komodo video is complete!
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Re: Salt Creek Sept 16/17

Post by Gdog » Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:00 pm

Eric, that is some of your best work yet. Simply outstanding. Dang! Awesome!

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Re: Salt Creek Sept 16/17

Post by theonly_JT » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:05 pm

Those pictures are unreal Eric!!!! Amazing!!
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Re: Salt Creek Sept 16/17

Post by Jan K » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:12 pm

Great photography Eric. You got your wide angle mastered! :)

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Re: Salt Creek Sept 16/17

Post by YellowEye » Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:06 pm

Thanks for the kind words!
Let's go diving!

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Re: Salt Creek Sept 16/17

Post by deep diver » Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:51 am

great shots ,looks like a nice dive
It's a good day.... nobody died!

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