Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:01 am

Hello little Red Irish Lord ! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:36 am

More from the last two dives at Deception Pass.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:08 am

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.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:09 am

Thank you Gdog for kind words.

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.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:32 pm

Very well done as always Jan, I love reading this thread!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:02 am

And this concludes pics from the July Skyline dives :)
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Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:21 am

No Skyline dive would be complete without an encouter with a Wolf eel, even if only a juvenile.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:36 am

More from Skyline July 16 and 17 dives.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:53 am

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 :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:40 am

Attention divers! Those little "flags" streaming from the ends of Red sea urchins are not what you think they are ...
Read all about it. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:05 pm

Giant sea cucumber. Contributing to the bad visibility on my dive in Langley Harbor. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:07 pm

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.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:03 am

Jan you are so cool!!!! Love all these snaps :)
Live Long And Prosper!!!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:02 am

Hi Jan,
Your photography is always terrific, but you've outdone yourself with that image of nudibranch eggs - incredible detail!

Plus, I always enjoy seeing photos of things named for the wrong color; like the yellow "White Nudibranch" or a purple "Ochre Star" or a yellow/green "Red Irish Lord". Keep up the good work!


Colorfully yours,
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:44 am

Celebrating the Fourth at Deception Pass.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:32 am

July begins with another visit to the Driftwood Park.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:22 pm

Happy Fourth to all ! :salute:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:01 am

Thank you Gdog, ScubaJess

Coupeville Wharf dive. Visibility only couple feet on the bottom where most of the sea stars live, so this survey is inconclusive as far as the sea star wasting goes.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:56 am

I want to see those sparkly guys!! Looks really fascinating!!!
Nice work Jan!!!!!! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:35 am

Amazing work Jan, Thank you for sharing

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:56 am

White bubble shell slugs showing up in our waters around Whidbey.
Some are sporting red "tails" - it is some kind of algae.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:54 am

Few more from Keystone Jetty.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:16 pm

These guys are hard to find. They are not rare, but they look almost exactly like their food :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:49 am

Chitons. Little jewels on the rocks of Keystone Jetty.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:50 am

Langley Harbor, June 22. Collecting some of the wasting sea stars for University of British Columbia. The bad news is that I am finding sick and dying Ochre stars, the good news is that I am finding more and more Sunflower stars. And so far, they are healthy!
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