Welcome home!! We missed you! So terrible about all this smoke, I hope it rains really soon! I love those Rockfish pics and super cool Wolf Eel!!! Also that smiling Pacific Staghorn Sculpin is adorable!!! :-)
Live Long And Prosper!!!
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Langley Harbor. At the moment, the only locality on Whidbey Island where I see large number of sea star wasting. But still large numbers of healthy ones. So I am still hopeful ... I am trying to find explanation why so many sea stars pile up on top of each other in certain spots, and it is not for spawning or food. Searching the internet did not provide any answers. Only Mottled and Ochre stars are doing it here at Langley. The Pink short-spined stars, also present here in great numbers, are not joining the congregations.
Deception Pass July 23 and 24. Beautiful sunny weather above lit up the underwater colors as well. The beach was filled with tourists basking in the sun, and parking was an issue. Nevertheless, I managed and had great two afternoon dives there. Tried shooting selfies to make the usual pics from the Pass a little different.
What a difference one month does. I revisited Driftwood Park and found the small cluster of Japanese wireweed in bad shape. Probably a seasonal thing. Algae likes the higher summer temperatures and begins to cover other organism.
The Skyline wall on Fidalgo Island. I enjoyed two days of diving there under sunny skies and comfortable tide currents. I love the variety of marine life and the colors there. Buffalo sculpins all over the place. They are easy to photograph, they don't move much,for they hope that their camouflage makes them invisible
Langley Harbor sea star survey. Bad visibility at Tire reef, unusual - the visibility in the shallows was better (6-8 feet) while below the thermocline it dropped to four feet. Ochre stars are still wasting away, nevertheless, hundreds of baby stars on rocks below the seawall still look healthy.