Whidbey Island Critters

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Keystone Jetty, December 10, 2023 dive.
Early morning favorable current predictions called for early rising, for most of them, but that did not deter the dedicated group of divers I had the pleasure meet at the Jetty. Some of them I met for the first time at the parking lot, and some of them again later underwater.
Presenting:
"Bipeds meet decapods" :)
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Keystone Jetty, December 10, 2023 dive .
Little more of the juvenile King crab encounter and some of the fish pixels. :)
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Keystone Jetty, December 10, 2023.
And as usual, the rest of the pixels.
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Driftwood Park, December 14, 2023 dive.
Plenty of silt, poor on marine life diversity. Not a single rockfish at the tire reef. Even the cucumbers are hiding in the glass jars.
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Skyline, December 16, 2023 dive.
Silty, very silty. Couple closeups of slugs, coral, tubers, urchin, critters which do't run when you approach them. :)
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Skyline, December 16, 2023 dive.
Shrimps and crabs...
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Deception Pass, December 20, 2023 dive.
Although the current tables were not too optimistic, using caution, we dipped our toes in it. The whole island was in dense fog when we entered, but blue skies greeted us when we exited one hour later. As expected, the visibility was not good thanks to the ever-present silt dumped in our waters by flooding rivers, it was not a bad dive. Winter is not the most colorful season underwater as many of the critters crawl into kind of hibernation mode.
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Deception Pass, December 20, 2023 dive.
And the rest of pixels.
Merry Christmas !
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Langley Harbor, December 22, 2023 dive.
Soggy world above, checking up the world underwater and finding it crowded with hordes of Northern Kelp Crabs. The interesting part, there is not kelp forest anywhere in the vicinity. I came across a pile of Bull kelp stipe laying on the seafloor, not lifted anymore by their gas filled bulbs . But many were occupying rocks and even metal structures, not an obvious feeding grounds...
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Langley Harbor, December 22, 2023 dive.
Sea stars, crabs and the rest of the pixels...
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Possession Point Fingers, December 23, 2023 dive.
Cabezon is not fish I find here, but this one was a biggie :)
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Possession Point Fingers, December 23, 2023 dive.
More pixels caught in there :)
First Lingcod egg mass of the season. And of course, visit my favorite anemones, each one with its own color pattern.
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Keystone Jetty, December 26, 2023 dive.
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Hi Jan,
Great images as always!
Are there any indications as to why the two species of snails have arranged themselves as shown? Habitat differences (current regime, sunlight, etc.) or is it that one species is crowding out the other over time?
Competitively yours,
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Tidepool Geek wrote: Sat Dec 30, 2023 9:59 am Hi Jan,
Great images as always!
Are there any indications as to why the two species of snails have arranged themselves as shown? Habitat differences (current regime, sunlight, etc.) or is it that one species is crowding out the other over time?
Competitively yours,
Alex

Thank you Alex.
The two species seem to be compatible, in the past I saw where their eggs were mixed, although there were not in big numbers like this rock.
I will monitor that rock and see what will happen to that arrangement. For sure, lot of yellow egg capsules :)
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Keystone Jetty, December 26, 2023 dive.
And as usual, the rest of the pixels.
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Lagoon Point, December 28, 2023 dive.
Slugs, tunicates and crabs.
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Driftwood Pond #1. December 31, 2023
Last dive of the year. Interesting to see both Moon jelly species in the same pond.
The 16 lobbed variety is in majority, the 8 lobbed only few.
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Driftwood Pond #1. December 31, 2023 dive.
For while I thought that the oysters were all dead, but it looks like some survived after the whole area was covered with slime in the summer algae bloom.
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Driftwood Pond #1. December 31, 2023 dive.
And the rest of the pixels 🙂
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Langley Harbor. January 1, 2024.
First dive of the year.
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Langley Harbor, January 1, 2024 dive.
The rest of the pixels.
While the wild weather this week keeps me from diving...
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Langley Harbor, January 19, 2024.
Finally the ice melted from the roads and I can return to what I love. Diving. Not many critters encountered, as if they too hunkered down for the season. At least the flowerlike anemones and featherduster worms provided some opportunity to collect pixels with my camera. :)
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Langley Harbor, January 19, 2024. Yes, you guess it, the rest of the pixels :)
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Jan, thank you for continuing to post your photo documentation of your dives! I always enjoy looking at them!
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