Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:38 am

There seems to be a never ending stream of corrections, attempts to correct and downright "fake news" concerning classification of marine life as I try to keep up. I am beginning to feel like sticking to common name creates less headaches even if it is a poor way to describe the critters we encounter.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:43 am

Skyline seaweed is also showing some bleaching.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:19 am

Deception Pass. Even the slugs had a hard time hanging on in the currents on Monday morning.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:06 am

Keystone Jetty, April 24. Only one Lingcod found. Not a good sign.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:41 pm

I visited the Deception Pass this Monday.
The currents this tide cycle were wilder than I expected and the visibility was lousy too, silty ten feet...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:25 pm

Glad you like them :)
More marine critters from under the docks at Lagoon Point.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Scubak » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:00 am

Beautiful pics Jan...
Thank you again for this wonderful thread.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:13 pm

Agreed, I love that one too!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:16 pm

One of my favorite cold water Nudi's!! Gorgeous shots, BTW. I've always thought they look like fireworks!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:29 pm

Fun with Janolus fuscus...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:46 am

Another visit to Possession Point Fingers. Abandoned Lingcod egg mass, some slugs, Buffalo sculpins and Red Irish Lords.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:20 am

Hundreds of baby sea stars at Langley Harbor - only one wasting Ochre star. It does look promising.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:51 pm

Grunt sculpin and Lingcod from Skyline.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:30 am

In case you are interested, the carcass of the young Gray whale on Whidbey Island West Beach is now about one mile north from the original landing spot on April 3rd, when it was reported for the first time. Two days later the scientists arrived with their knives and took samples. I revisited the site on April 5,6,9 and yesterday the 17th. The bones are now beginning to show. No birds seem to be interested in the free meal ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:46 am

Langley Harbor dive. Calm moment between winds and rain.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:32 am

More from the Keystone Jetty dive. It looks like the Bull kelp is coming up in spite of the Japanese wireweed jungle taking over in some sections of the shallows.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:20 am

I noticed recently that the signature fish of Keystone Jetty, the Lingcod, seem to be scarce. You could always count on encounter very big specimen on your dive. Lingcod were everywhere, on the seafloor and on rocks of jetty, indulge in the protection from fishing inside the protected area of the underwater park, ignoring diver presence, treating us as nuisance, not danger. At first I thought that it is because of poor visibility, that I am just not seeing them because of it. But, on Thursday, I had great visibility, over twenty feet, and there were not Lingcod to be found. Plenty of Striped perch in the shallower water, school of Black rockfish on the far end of the jetty, on the ferry side, but after all that search, I found only five Lingcod,, one large, not one of the giants. And I hear from other divers, that they noticed it too. In all the years I have been diving the Keystone Jetty, I experienced anything like this . :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:53 am

Yesterday at Keystone, I came across this jellyfish predator. Its prey: jellyfish ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby YellowEye » Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:06 pm

Wow that's quite the gang of sclayheads from the 8th! I hope to get out there next time!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Vjw » Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:58 pm

Beautiful pictures!
Glad to hear the finger sponge wasting disease seems to have stopped.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:43 pm

More views from the two recent dives at Deception Pass.
The good news is that it looks like widespread wasting of the Finger sponges stopped.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:37 pm

Good job Fritz, it is a small world indeed.

Meanwhile on remote Whidbey beach the continuing saga of the young dead whale...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby fmerkel » Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:01 pm

Nice set of pix Jan. Always glad to see you.
Rhoda spotted the weight pouch the woman from Sunday lost. It was sitting right on the rock nose some people enter from. I went out and got it, didn't even need scuba.
Called her on the way home. She's an Aquarium volunteer and was on duty. She stopped by our house and picked it up on the way home. Turns out her dad was Joyce's Aquarium dive buddy for awhile. Small world sometimes.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:40 pm

Deception Pass, Monday April 9. Once again, Low Tide higher than the High Tide prediction.
And we got sun in addition to favorable, even if again confusing currents.
Some divers not old enough to be retired I think played hooky and joined in for the dive. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby fmerkel » Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:36 am

Confusing indeed. Flood > slack > ebb > flood again > ebb again. Most of us spent 15" swimming 'home' against the flood before it really changed.
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