Whidbey Island Critters

Fish & Invertebrate sightings and descriptions, hosted by resident NWDC ID expert Janna Nichols (nwscubamom).
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:53 pm

Sunday. Walking through the forest instead of diving...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:11 pm

Keystone Jetty. Monday, January 20.
Yes. it was windy, but that did not deter six hardy divers from enjoying the underwater realm. One fin was lost in the exit maelstrom, but everybody got involved in the search. The two divers in the water wishing they owned a snorkel while the rest of us patrolled the beac .The fin was rescued from the pounding waves and all is well again :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:13 pm

The changes at Langley Harbor are not only limited to the decline in sea star population. Most of the Plumose anemones are missing and once common Lingcod is absent since 2011, when was the last time I seen one. During the spawning seasons, up to eight Lings were guarding egg masses laid all over the tire reef...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Gdog » Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:58 pm

Wow, great point Jan. Your photos really point out what we are missing gradually over the last few years. Stunning, and sad.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tangfish » Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:10 am

Such a sad sign of the ecosystem out of whack.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:47 am

News break: "Love (or lust?) is in the air in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as the country prepares for Valentine’s Day following decades of the practice of marking the day being forbidden."
So why not in the Ocean Realm?
Happy Valentine Day ! :)
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