Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 01, 2016 9:40 am

It was little late turning, but not bad.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Scubie Doo » Sun May 01, 2016 9:34 am

Beautiful Jan. Glad you made it out there. How was the current?

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 01, 2016 9:09 am

Saturday was a busy day at Deception Pass. Weather beautiful, so was the dive :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:58 pm

From the Whidbey Record front page: "Most of Possession Point State Park will be reclassified
as “surplus” and become eligible for transfer to another public entity or even sold to a private
party, under a long-range plan being proposed by Washington State Parks. "
It stirred lot of excitement among us divers and after receiving some e-mails today, I understand,
that it is not the case. At least not yet.
Here are few pictures from my recent dive there... It is not colorful like Deception Pass, but it is interesting, nevertheless.
It would be shame to lose it...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Apr 24, 2016 3:24 pm

I hope the reddish stuff starting to grow on the wharf pilings isn't some killer algae.
It wasn't there in the last two years since I started to dive in Penn Cove :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 23, 2016 1:46 pm

Thanks Calvin, glad you like the pics. As for the drone, the owner will try to resurrect it,
if not, he can get some insurance money for it :)
And few more from the Skyline dives ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tangfish » Sat Apr 23, 2016 9:23 am

Gorgeous colors Jan, and I just caught up on the "Rise of the Drones". Well, even though he might only be able to salvage a few spares, you made one drone pilot pretty happy with your recovery!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 23, 2016 9:16 am

The weather last week was so beautiful, I just had to dive every day and so I fell behind in processing
the pixels which I collected during these dives. I admit, for me, it is more fun to take pictures than
deal with them back home ...
So here we go, some from Keystone and some from Skyline :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:01 pm

Looks beautiful!!! Great job!
Live Long And Prosper!!!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:51 pm

The currents last two dives at the pass were no following the script.
Little late in turning around, I thought. But eventually the did and
I not only found a drone, but enjoyed the colorful marine life the
pass is famous for.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:56 pm

Dang. Nice work Jan!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:48 pm

Happy ending, sort of.
The power of social media. Within few hours since this posting, the owner of the drone contacted me and I was happy to hand him his drone few minutes ago. He drove all the way from Oak Harbor to get it. I am glad he can at least get his video back.... :)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:43 pm

Since drones are in the news a lot lately, here is one from Whidbey Island waters.
Looking for marine life at my favorite dive site and found somebody's expensive toy instead. Unfortunately, like most of electronics, once they hit salt water, they become just another piece of trash. I was hoping to get the video of the drone actually crashing and maybe even few seconds of underwater footage. But when I downloaded the files from the camera's disc, the last frame was still from the altitude above the Deception Pass waters and no indication of trouble. If the owner is interested in the wreck, it will be on display in the Whidbey Island Dive Center in Oak Harbor. The date of the flight according to the EXIF data was April 5,2016 at noon.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:55 pm

Weekend at Keystone, beginning of April ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:21 pm

Some bad news from Langley, eleven Ochre stars and two Mottled showing signs of the Sea Star Wasting.
On the other side of Whidbey at Keystone, ten healthy Sunflower and numerous Mottled, also looking healthy.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:03 am

Hi Jan,

Last Tuesday a friend witnessed (in one hour) three instances of young Ochre Stars being eaten by Seagulls. On the bright side, at least there were stars to eat (Ochres have been making a comeback in Port Angeles recently).

Optimistically yours,
Alex

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:01 am

No wonder we see less sea stars in our waters. Even the anemones seem to be involved in the sea star reduction :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:55 pm

oldsalt wrote:Jan: 4:16 a.m.? Were you starting the day early or ending late?
-Curt :questionmarks:

Early bird gets the worm,
or the cucumber :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:10 am

Jan: 4:16 a.m.? Were you starting the day early or ending late?
-Curt :questionmarks:
Happy to be alive.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:16 am

Blood stars spawning at Keystone. Now if only the other star species would take the clue ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:14 am

Hi Jan,

Congratulations on finding the baby six-rays - those puppies are hard to pick out under the best of circumstances!

Observationally yours,
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:34 pm

Couple dives at Skyline under the blue skies. What a beautiful weather we had :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Apr 03, 2016 1:55 pm

Spawning is happening all over the place, at Deception Pass I found two critters for the first time, Creeping pedal cucumber and Green sea urchins on Thursday and on Friday Stimpson's sun star and Red sea cucumber, but them I have seen spawn before. It was a good way to spent April Fools Day :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:22 am

Visibility improving at Keystone :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:16 am

Happy clams of Keystone Jetty. Relative safe from the frying pans thanks to the underwater park status :)
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