Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:11 am

Thank you Sharkb8, I am glad you enjoy the pics. And no, the Great White Wall was not visited this time. Maybe next trip ? :)

From the cold island back to the tropics. More pics from dive #6 in the underwater Disneyland...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Sharkb8 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:24 pm

Your Fiji content is absolutely incredible. Hopefully you got to dive the Great White Wall!!!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:53 am

Rain and snow = Slushy Mess...
Time for another Fiji memory dive. Number 6 - Disneyland.
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Post by Jan K » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:40 pm

Interrupting the white world of snow surrounding us with some color of Fijian corals :)
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Post by Jan K » Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:06 pm

Whidbey Island winter snow, Round 2. With the world around me turning white, I dig for some color into the Fiji files from dive # 5. Swim through Heaven. My new friend Mike, whom I met there and who spends winters in Fiji, probably wonders why I returned the US so soon. I am wondering myself ...
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Post by Jan K » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:38 am

Whidbey Island. 21 degrees F outside my window while I process more of the photos I took underwater, which was 82 F.
Our fourth dive site called "Always Cool". :)
Flat worms pretend to be nudibranchs and more coral and colorful scenery for your (and mine) enjoyment...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tangfish » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:21 pm

Gorgeous colors and as always, such wonderful illustrations!

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Post by Jan K » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:24 am

While many of my fellow Washingtonians will now post pictures of this morning snow, I will throw in some more tropical colors from our dives in Fijian waters ... Amazing Maze is the name of section of Sailrock Reef, large area off the northeast end of island of Viti Levu, location of our third dive.
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Post by Jan K » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:45 am

Thank you Tom, travel is what nurtures my soul ... :)

Fiji Dive 2 - After one hour long surface interval, we move to another location - Bula Maker.
Less current and better visibility. I could linger on just one of the coral heads the entire hour allocated for the dive and find enough to keep me mesmerized...
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Post by Tom Nic » Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:14 pm

So beautiful.... Makes my travel trigger finger itch!

Thanks for sharing this and so many other journeys with us Jan! Blessings on you and your daughter!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:43 am

First dive in truly tropical waters in 17 years. The Cabo Pulmo two years ago was not a truly tropics, since the coral was very scarce and a wetsuit was part of the diving attire. Fiji on the other hand, was a riot of colors served in 82 degree water.
Dream Maker reef was our introduction to the Bligh Water currents and because of the rainy season, I guess, not so stellar visibility which ranged from only 30 feet in the upper first thirty or so feet and varied from then up to 50 in places. But the variety and number of coral, soft and hard, was a feast for the eyes. Identification of many of the inverts and marine life is difficult for my lack of knowledge of the local fauna and flora, I will try my best. I hope you enjoy the sights as much as I did. Let the show begin. Dive one: The Dream Maker. :)
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Post by Jan K » Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:33 am

Taking short break from Whidbey Island Critters :)
Once a year, Maya and I try to trade the cold waters of Pacific Northwest for waters warm and clear. Since her vacation time was limited, we choose Fiji. Our winter is their summer and although the forecast was showing rain and thunder for every day of our planned stay, we traveled there anyway. Flight from Seattle to Los Angeles on the night of the moon eclipse, then boarded Fiji Airways for a long 10 hour flight to Nadi on the island of Viti Levu. Somewhere during the night we lost Monday and landed in Fiji Tuesday morning. Van ride along the northern coast to Wananavu Resort. Our worries about weather were unfounded, the few rain showers passed quickly in the afternoon and mostly sunny weather prevailed during our entire stay. The diving begun the next morning ...
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Post by Vjw » Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:19 pm

I love the pink proliferating anemone on the yellow and orange background! Such beautiful colors!! Thank you so much for sharing all your pictures and experiences.

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Post by Jan K » Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:08 am

Few more from the January Deception Pass dive ...
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Post by Jan K » Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:14 am

The currents were not the friendliest, visibility only about 12 silty feet, but Deception Pass is always a treat. Frost on the ground and only visitors on the beach were two seagulls looking for a handout. No wasting observed in any of the sea stars, so another survey with welcome results. :)
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Post by Jan K » Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:10 am

Langley Harbor survey. Only one wasted sea star, which is a good news.
What I found interesting was the large gathering on Noble dorids.
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Post by Jan K » Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:48 am

The season of Lingcod guarding egg masses is upon us.
Be prepared for encounters with some bad tempered individuals :)
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Post by Jan K » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:47 pm

I don't know the history, I think the parking area is fine, but the tailings from dredging were just deposited there and as I recall not much of compacting went into the effort. I am not engineer, but remember Pete shoveling access path on the new deposited rim, it was very loose, so I am not surprised that every really high tide took some of the material back to sea. Visibility since that dredging never returned to the good old days before dredging. Even Lingcod were covered with silt.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Sharkb8 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:31 pm

Is the parking area at Keystone man made? As we all know, mother nature usually doesn't take much pity on things that aren't supposed to be there! As long as the water keeps following the erosion back towards the road and they relocate the bathroom, I'm ok with it! More of the jetty underwater would be an ok tradeoff for less parking.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:01 am

A common cycle for beaches consists of erosion of during winter storms followed by deposition from river sediments during spring runoffs. Whidbey Island suffers from having no rivers to recharge the sediment, so you have only half of the cycle. Some of your beaches are sustained from erosion of adjacent bluffs.
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Post by Jan K » Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:31 am

Keystone Jetty mix. Some above and some under. If the beach erosion continues, we will be soon parking on the highway :(
Although the scene above looks bleak, there is still color to be found underwater.
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Post by Jan K » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:40 pm

Keystone is hosting gathering of Wrinkled dogwinkle snails as it does every winter. This year it seems that there are attending the reproductive convention in larger numbers than year ago.
Is this happening in such numbers elsewhere in Puget Sound also ?
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Post by Jan K » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:07 pm

It has been a while since I visited Keystone's old wharf, better known as The Pilings. It used to be a home to clouds of fish, many octopus and juvenile Wolf eels and Plumose and Painted anemones were presented in much more numbers. But as the time passes, there is less and less of variety, so I now visit the cathedral of pilings only occasionally. I could see right away that lot of the decking is gone, victim to the December 20, 2018 storm, ropes now hang between some of the pilings, remnants of lost crab traps, and the only fish in any numbers were the Tubesnout.
Young Cabezon was the only "prize"...
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Post by Jan K » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:29 pm

Two more critters from Skyline dive...
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Post by Jan K » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:13 am

Another place which was hit hard by the December wind storm, not far from Keystone, is the appropriately named Driftwood Park. Lot of the driftwood which gave the beach its name ended up in the two shallow ponds created during road construction. Some of the wood even covered the main highway and was later moved to the roadside where it now competes with the beach as Driftwood Park attraction. :) And some of it floats on top of the ponds, so it was only natural for me to done my dive gear and go in to see, what it looks like under the surface. The visibility was of course lousy, the fish eye lens makes it look better than it is. I was looking for critters which could possibly enter the pond along with the flotsam ocean waves brought in across the breach. But I found only Moon jellies, which were there before the calamity. The bottom is muck and chunks of what used to be grass covered shore now rest under the surface. My drysuit leaked, so getting soaked during my excursion added to the feeling of desolation of the place. :(
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