Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:07 am

Deception Pass - April dives. The rest of photos...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:52 am

Keystone Jetty, April views continued. The Bull kelp is late coming, new individuals are struggling against the onslaught of other seaweeds, and Painted anemones are busy eating fish. How they catch them is still mystery to me, I sure would like to witness it. Finding two scenes on the same dive ?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Apr 30, 2021 1:14 pm

Driftwood Pond. Japanese wireweed did not spread as much here. Yet.
Being an invasive species, who knows what will happen...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat May 01, 2021 12:22 pm

Last dive of April 2021. The currents were not favorable, there was minus tide, but I managed. The return to the beach took some work for the current was very strong all the way to the shore. Once again, I found Painted anemone eating a big lunch. How it got hold of Lewis' Moonsnail's egg collar? The nutritional value of the mostly sand based egg donut cannot be much. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun May 02, 2021 6:40 pm

May 1st. Langley Harbor. 6:30 AM.
Bad visibility first 20 feet. Like 3 feet.
Then it opened up to 12 feet until the tide turned and got bad again. So that was my way to begin May diving...
The good news? I found 7 juvenile Sunflower stars.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon May 03, 2021 12:36 pm

May 1st.
Few more from Langley Harbor.
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Post by Jan K » Thu May 06, 2021 1:35 pm

May 3rd. The Pass. With a leaky pressure gauge (again), I stayed shallow and close to the beach, checking out the nearby kelp forest. I was glad to see the Bull kelp rising up from the carpet of more close to the ground growing seaweed...
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Post by Jan K » Fri May 07, 2021 7:49 am

May 3rd. Not often I am met by professional photographer as I exit the water. But this Monday I did and we had nice long conversation about our common interests, although he is not diver. Afterward, he send me picture of what a wrinkled, old guy looks like after spending one hour in Pass water :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat May 08, 2021 7:04 pm

Rich, at the dive sites you will be missed , but not forgotten ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon May 10, 2021 7:52 am

May 4th, Deception Pass.
More from the dive encounters.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue May 11, 2021 8:08 am

Saturday May 8th. Keystone Jetty.
Nice weather brought many divers to enjoy the jetty. The visibility wasn't that great, for majority of diver/photographers, macro was the call of the day. There are signs that Bull Kelp is coming up, at least in the area away from the jetty. I did not manage to meet everybody, here are divers which I did pass on my way back to the beach...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed May 12, 2021 7:43 am

Deception Pass May 5th. Third day of dives here, note the discrepancy in slack predictions between the old and new current tables. I did find my focusing light the day before. no new critters found on this dive. I just enjoyed, as I always do, the underwater garden here.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri May 14, 2021 8:11 am

Possession Point Fingers, May 11th.
Highlight ? Two juvenile Decorated warbonnets :)
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Post by Jan K » Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:22 pm

Deception Pass June 1st.
Tuesday morning I had the Pass all to myself. Another beautiful day above and underwater. I hope they will finish the work on the bridge soon.
These days, it is a noisy place .
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by ScubaJess » Thu Jun 03, 2021 7:59 pm

Welcome back! Thanks for another beautiful report 🖖📸🥳😍🐟🐙🤗🦐🦀🌊🌺
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:07 pm

Keystone Jetty, June 2nd.
Finding Lingcod carcass inside Underwater Park isn't a pleasant surprise.
Finding a healthy Sunflower star is.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:24 pm

It looks like someone is practicing "filet and release".
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Jun 06, 2021 7:57 pm

Keystone Jetty June.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:57 pm

Keystone Jetty June 4th.
Few of the hundreds of Giant Plumose Anemones decided to engage in spawning - the sexual way - releasing gametes into the water,
not helping the visibility there...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:53 am

Moon Jelly - On my last dive I encountered unusual sight. What looks like baby jellies hanging onto a thin string, pulsating, swimming hard. I followed the string to a Moon jelly. I never seen that before, so I searched for answer. This is what I found on line:

"Once the egg is fertilized, a larva hatches and lives in the pelagic environment for some time. As it grows, the larva searches for a suitable place in shallow water and eventually attaches to the sea floor where it grows into an upside down medusa known as a polyp. During the polyp phase, an individual asexually buds off several clones of itself that swim away as medusae and eventually grow into sexually mature moon jellies."

When I asked around, most answers I received - " I never seen that before".

But they were kind enough to forward these pictures to others and finally, the answer came back from Monterey Aquarium expert. It seems that in environment devoid of currents, like in their aquarium, this can be sometimes observed.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Sat Jun 12, 2021 6:32 pm

Jan: This citation refers to the polyp as a stage in reproduction. When I first encountered this (well over 40 years ago) they referred to the polyp as the next generation. The species alternated form from generation to generation. I thought it weird, that one would look like their grandparents, not their parents. I suspect that the interpretation you cited is the one currently accepted. Interesting though, you agree?
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