Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:01 am

Keystone Jetty, March 29th.
While Pat found many Lumpsuckers and I didn't see not even one, I found GPO out in the open, which at the jetty is a rare sight these days. Not a Giant one, but now I settle for any size ...
I managed to get air leak on my pressure gauge and still can't find a single blade of Bull kelp among the seaweed dominated by Japanese wireweed in the shallows near the jetty...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:22 pm

Possession Point Fingers, March 31st.
Adding new fish to the list is getting harder and harder.
Diving the wall, I spotted this small fish under an overhang, could not get a better angle, so have to settle for this. In spite of its name, the Puget Sound sculpin eluded me all these years I been diving here :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:12 am

Congratulations on a new sighting.
Curt :rawlings:
Happy to be alive.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:48 pm

Thanks Curt, it is satisfying to add another specie to the list of critters found.
Of course, diving the same places over and over, make it harder.


Well, it looks like we will have to wait and see the baby rockfish grow little older until we can be sure who they are.
These Keystone Jetty youngsters are still too small to ID them...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:00 pm

Deception Pass April 4.
Unlike two weeks ago, the one hour and five minute difference between the old and new current tables were opposite in their prediction. This time, new tables were correct. Of course, because we had Small Craft Warning West winds during the night, there was quite a surge at the Little North Beach and I could not judge the current flow from the beach. Thus this time, I entered the water too early. Visibility was dismal, silty ten feet. Photographically speaking, the dive was not rewarding.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:13 am

April 2nd. Driftwood Park Pond.
The slimy algae is starting to take over the shallows. Moon jellies still present, some displaying the weird upside down mode. Surprisingly, some of the oysters which somebody dumped in from the road, are still alive. The hardy Sticklebacks are hugging the very shallow waters beneath the floating driftwood debris.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:56 am

April 5th. Skyline.
Red and orange are the colors of Skyline.
Cucumbers, fish and scaleworms - brighten up the dives here these days...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:33 am

Keystone April 9th. Little bit choppy and overcast skies, but good visibility, about 25 feet beneath the waves. Still not a sign of Bull kelp, plenty of the invasive Japanese wireweed. Other kelp species seem to be doing OK, the Sugar wrack, Stalked kelp ad miscellaneous red seaweeds begin to cover the rocks and seafloor in the shallows. The Kelp perch were nibbling on the wireweed, so maybe change of diet for them, unless there was something hiding in that weed they liked. Two Painted anemones were trying to eat Great sculpin, one working the head, the other stretching out to get the rear end. Never a dull moment at the jetty. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:50 am

Keystone Jetty. Slugs, crabs and seaweed.
We got them all :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:07 pm

April 13th. Update on the mysterious baby rockfish at Keystone. Yesterday I took another picture of one of them and sent it to juvenile rockfish expert at NOAA. He was kind enough to send me his take on the mystery. He and Milton Love agree that it is most likely YOY Puget Sound Rockfish. I included part of the e-mail I received today describing the elimination process in identifying Young Of Year rockfish.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:18 am

Keystone Jetty, Sunday April 11th. The weather was beautiful and many divers found their way to Whidbey. The parking was full and it was a busy even underwater. I encountered large group of GUE divers on my way out when the visibility worsened considerably compared to what it was when I started my dive. But it was a nice dive, the now famous male Scalyhead sculpin living in his empty barnacle shell on Rock of Life hosted yet another female and I could spy some more eggs hidden behind him. By now, the sculpin was photographed more than any other fish at the jetty. :)
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