Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:32 am

More from the colorful gardens of Deception Pass on the last day of Spring.
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Graceful decorator's dressing room
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:35 am

Deception Pass, June 20. Last day of Spring. The tide cycle was not the best, the slack period very short, but comparing with all the other dive spots around Whidbey Island, it was much more rewarding. Colors galore.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:17 am

Beautiful weather above did not translate to a beautiful sights underwater. After lugging dive gear down and up the forest road, I had very unrewarding dive. Even descending to 105 feet did not open up the visibility beyond few feet. :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:52 am

Moon snail egg-collars. They are a very common sight on the beach and underwater. But did you know how they are made and that they are created by the snail UNDER the sand? I saw the event of the emerging collar only couple times. The snails are a common sight in and above the water , but on Wednesday, I found a pair of Lewis's Moon Snails mating. First time sighting for me...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:49 am

Langley Harbor, June 11, 2018 sea star survey.
The good news - I came across 56 healthy juvenile Sunflower stars. And lots of baby stars along the seawall.
The bad news - The Sea Star Wasting Disease is starting to hit the Ochre stars. :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:03 am

Friday June 8. Fourth dive at Deception Pass this week. The wind blowing from the SE, so the waters were calm, protected by the cliffs of Whidbey Island. The rain was predicted to arrive after my planned exit, and it did. This time, no other diver on the scene...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:44 pm

And more from Deception Pass. It is such a beautiful place...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby H20doctor » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:54 am

Thanks for the Great Dive together , and exploring the wonders Of deception Pass !!!!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:20 am

Soooo fantastic diving with you guys! Jan I love all the pics you got, so much color and life, just wonderful!!! :)
I can't wait to go back!!!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:17 am

June 7, 2018. Another day, another dive with friends at the Deception Pass.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:33 am

More June colors from the place where every rock seems to compete with its neighbor who can provide better home for the kaleidoscope of invertebrates making Deception Pass so beautiful.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Vjw » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:13 pm

The colors of June are beautiful!!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:22 pm

Deception Pass - The Colors of June
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:53 pm

Driftwood Park - some dead fish and some live fish. Such is life under the waves of Salish Sea.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:55 am

Wrinkled dogwinkle snail eggs cover many objects on the artificial reef at Driftwood Park.
Other critters make home in and on the man-made structures ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:51 am

Graceful decorator crab wearing rather plain outfit, probably to match the drab surroundings of the Keystone Jetty shallows.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:23 am

It is amazing how can a clam dig through a solid rock. This piddock clam does it to the Keystone's jetty boulders...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri May 25, 2018 5:11 pm

Jan K wrote:Driftwood Park juvenile Wolf-eels, some like live in old tires and some in discarded bottles and glass jars.
Never have I seen an adult here or the nearby Keystone Jetty


Unfortunately, that was before I moved to Whidbey.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Desert Diver » Thu May 24, 2018 6:56 pm

Jan K wrote:Driftwood Park juvenile Wolf-eels, some like live in old tires and some in discarded bottles and glass jars.
Never have I seen an adult here or the nearby Keystone Jetty.
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Many years ago, late '80s, early 90's there were a couple adults on the jetty.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu May 24, 2018 5:37 pm

Sunflower stars at Driftwood Park ! What a pleasant surprise! I don't know where they came from, but finding eleven adult healthy Pycnopodia is a very wonderful sight ... And seeing an octopus, even if only a small portion of the animal, was nice treat too ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed May 23, 2018 6:04 pm

Another day, another dive. Deception Pass in fog. Series of panels I call ZOOMING IN from the dive. Enjoy :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 22, 2018 6:33 pm

Driftwood Park juvenile Wolf-eels, some like live in old tires and some in discarded bottles and glass jars.
Never have I seen an adult here or the nearby Keystone Jetty.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon May 21, 2018 10:07 pm

Keeping an eye on underwater Penn Cove - the starfish look happy, (only a couple are sick), well fed on mussels.
Crabs like mussels too, but unlike the stars, the crabs fight a lot :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 20, 2018 3:39 pm

Langley Harbor dive shows off its Sunflower star juveniles, I counted 31 healthy individuals. Interestingly, they all prefer one area on the south side of the tire reef. And one of the mooring H-beam anchors is very popular with Ochre, Mottled and now, also the juvenile Sunflower stars. When the anchors were installed back in 2013, then the dominant specie - Sunflower stars (Pycnopodia) occupied it in impressive numbers.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri May 18, 2018 6:20 pm

Skyline Wall underwater scene May 11th.
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