Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 08, 2018 7:43 am

It was an early morning start on Sunday when a group of divers assembled at the Little North Beach parking lot, Deception Pass State Park. Gray overcast above, colors down below.
Jess is smiling even as her drysuit was flooding due to a leaky valve. Us divers are like this, just a little crazy, but happy, (most of the time). :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon May 07, 2018 7:16 pm

Coupeville Wharf and Penn Cove, bad visibility here is the norm. But the sea stars sure like it here...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 06, 2018 2:43 pm

It was nice to see schools of rockfish reappear after being absent in Langley Harbor for the last few months...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat May 05, 2018 10:00 am

Slugs,shrimp and one fish from Lagoon Point.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu May 03, 2018 12:29 pm

May 1st. Little bit of good news from Langley Harbor. I came across 29 juvenile Sunflower stars, all of them look healthy ! Still only 6 to 8 inches across, but hopefully they will survive to become the large predators thy once ruled at Langley tire reef area. The wasting disease is still present, although not affecting other sea stars in any significant numbers. Fingers crossed ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed May 02, 2018 10:11 am

Scallop, tunicate and trumpet worm - more color from Lagoon Point.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 01, 2018 7:13 am

Curt, how right you are. Although " A rose by any other name would smell as sweet", it is frustrating at times.

Spaghetti and worm in the same description. I am glad it is underwater and not on my plate. And the same goes for the shrimp ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:42 pm

Keeping track of nomenclature will keep you occupied for the rest of your life. It will never be settled and always disputed. I applaud your efforts. Metridium senile is one of the first I learned a half century ago. In that interval I have become Curt senile. :rawlings:
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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...
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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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