Saturday the 13th, Deception Pass. It rained and the winds blew hard as divers from all around descended on the Little North Beach, which is well sheltered from the southerly winds. Note, after the dive, we are all smiling. Another beautiful day, regardless of the weather above...
Spring is in the air. And in the water As do the plants above load their flowers with pollen, the anemones beneath the waves release theirs in hopes to propagate. Curious California cucumber is checking out what is this all about, probably ready to join the movement
This weekend was the Grand Opening of Deception Pass for the shore divers. And to greet them, the marine life put on festive colors, just for the occasion. To prove the point I included photo I took in January. Notice that the Funnel sponge next to a dying Tan Finger sponge were the only interesting features on the scene. And look at the bottom shot. Although only small pile of debris left from the dying Finger sponge, the Funnel grew larger and Red Sea Cucumbers appeared from nowhere to spruce the Spring scenery. Enjoy !
The gates to Deception Pass, Little North Beach parking lot are open. And lots and lots of divers took advantage of sunny weather and small tidal exchange. Nevertheless, the currents were there too. Maya joins me for dive, temperature shock for her, her last dive was in 84 degrees Bligh Water in Fiji. Deception Pass greeted her with 46.
Congratulations on another new species. Since you have been at it for so long and so thoroughly, it has become rare for you to see something new. I just realized I saw some additional new species of birds on my recent trip to the Gapalagos and Peru's Palamino Islands. In reviewing my photos, I found additional birds in each place. Something catches my attention, penguins, frigatebirds, boobies... and I overlook something equally as marvelous. I also recognize that most divers would not be familiar with the creeping pedal sea cucumber, much less its kin. good job. -Curt
In all these years, I have seen hundreds, thousands of the Creeping Pedal cucumbers. Took pictures of them many times, open, closed, upside down. But only when I was looking for the mystery anemone and looking close at ALL the small critters, I found a close relative to the Psolus chitonoides, the Pale Creeping Pedal sea cucumber - Psolidium bidiscum. Adding another species to my Pacific Northwest critter list.
Interesting past couple weeks diving in the waters of Possession Point. On March 10th I came across a very small, less than quarter inch across anemone with a pattern I never seen before. So I took picture of it and continued my dive. Back home, I tried to find it in my marine life guide books, but could not find a match. I turned to internet, no help there. So I contacted the few experts I knew were much more knowledgeable than me, but they have not seen it neither. They would like to see more of the anemone, especially the side view of the column. Some suggested it might even be a new species! That got my attention. In the following week I spend four dives looking for the critter, with no luck. Finally on the fifth dive I found another one, slightly larger one, and managed to get a better picture. The white markings on the anemone's body helped to identify it as a juvenile Sand Rose anemone.
Scubie Doo, I don't think you can visit Fiji and not to partake in the Kava ceremony. The friendliest people on the Earth= Fijians. However, I think the Kava is an acquired taste thing, for the time being, I stick with coffee
Possession Point Fingers dive. Spring arrived few days ahead of schedule, blue skies above and warm weather. Spawning Blood star spawning - harbinger of season of rebirth ...