Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:29 am

Possession Point Fingers - Autumn dive
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:54 am

Few more from the Possession Point Fingers. October 24.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:03 pm

Little cold, but what a beautiful weather to start November in. My last survey of Coupeville wharf was back on June 7th. Time to check on the sea stars there. There are fewer of them now, but most are healthy, only three wasting... The water data from Penn Cove Shellfish Company stopped updating, the last readings was posted on August 5th. And the closest station I found in across the Admiralty Inlet waters... :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:40 pm

More from Penn Cove - not only starfish. Lots of Green sea urchins, some Graceful crabs, Moon snail and one "how this ended up here ?" wreck...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:20 am

Disappointment at Driftwood Park. Visibility deplorable, marine life minimal. Only one sea star found. The tires, normally home to some critters, bare. Only the wolf eel still renting its apartment in the old toilet... :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:41 am

Skyline - Whitespotted greenling attack.
All the males of the greenling family are very protective of their egg nests.
Regardless of the perceived intruder, they will charge, be it fish or diver ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:59 am

Skyline dive, part 2. Sea stars and Scaled crabs ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:46 am

Lagoon Point slugs. Muck diving brings sometimes nice surprises :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:37 am

Jan: I love that your posts include some of my favorite dives (Keystone, Deception, Possession) and places I have never dived (Lagoon, Coupeville, Holmes Harbor). You prove even the most uninviting spots provide fascinating critters. And your cartoon of the indecent sapsucker is hilarious. -Curt :rawlings:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:09 am

Thank you Curt, I learned early that every place on the earth contains a potential for discovery of something new and exiting ...
So I keep on searching. Even in the muck of Lagoon Point canal. :)

There are areas in the Lagoon Point canal where the visibility turns to almost zero, and white bacterial mat covers the mud bottom. I call it the "Dead zone". I was just skirting that zone when I spotted what looked like a dead shrimp.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:16 am

Lagoon Point - friend's boat dock. Replacing the old floating dock with a new one sparked my interest in documenting how long it will take for marine life to return to colonize it again. Sometimes described as "Marine fouling occurs when organisms attach themselves to underwater objects like boats, rope, pipes and building structures", it provided me for years with critters I don't find anywhere else on the island.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:59 am

More from the Lagoon Point canal, the unlikely home for colorful underwater encounters.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:52 am

Jan: While I continue to delight in photos of the favorites (octos, lumpies, grunts, etc.), you have sure shown us some things not normally photographed. These organisms are probably not uncommon, just not sought out. Good work. - Curt
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:20 am

Curt, as you know so well, most of the stuff growing on docks and ship bottoms is not liked by the marine industry. Marine fouling does create its host of problems. But for a diver with a camera, they do offer food for the camera s memory card :nutty:

Langley Harbor sea stars update. Some sea star wasting still observed, but it seems to be slowing down...
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