Whidbey Island Critters

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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!!! :)
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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.
And elsewhere...
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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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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed May 16, 2018 8:17 am

Wrapping up the spawning extravaganza at Deception Pass - sea star spawning was a very welcome sight indeed.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 15, 2018 7:34 am

More info on marine life spawning event in Deception Pass waters.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 13, 2018 6:36 am

Without mothers, there would not be life as we know it ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat May 12, 2018 7:58 am

May 8. The third day of Deception Pass dives proved to be the most exciting. Not only the slack currents lasted over one hour, but the underwater world in the Pass exploded into a truly spawning extravaganza. The Painted anemone is a very common in most dive sites around Whidbey Island. I see few on almost every dive, but in thousands of dives, I have never witnessed them spawning. While I saw few spawning on the yesterday's dive, this time there were hundreds releasing gametes into the water which turned the visibility into a almost fog-like scene. Some call photographing this spawning porn or X-rated activity, but to me it is chance to witness how nature makes all this underwater beauty possible. Enjoy this for what it is - future fields of colorful anemones. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri May 11, 2018 8:43 am

Second day Deception Pass tidal cycle attracted only two divers.
So we had the beauty of underwater garden to ourselves. The visibility is down to the fact, that many of the marine critters decided to spawn.
Red sea cucumbers doing their thing .... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby fmerkel » Thu May 10, 2018 1:25 pm

These are the fast swimming 'centipedes' you sometimes see in your lights on a night dive, and sometimes a lot.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu May 10, 2018 7:05 am

A new words to learn today - Epitoky, epitoke and atoke , all part of this wiggly Nereid worm . :)
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