Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:20 pm

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:22 am

Curt I was happy to finally show her what I consider the best dive spot on our home island.
Too bad that she now lives away and we don't dive together much.
Anyway, I sneaked fourth dive in this week at the pass, but it proved to confirm the
unpredictable nature of diving here. The visibility went from 15 - 20 feet from day
before to very, very silty five feet. And the current did not turn the whole dive, even
25 minutes after the predicted slack, I was swimming into the flooding current, although
it did slowed down considerably. So it was time to shoot critters not too distant from the
camera lens...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:46 pm

Jan: I always check your postings, often several times. "Honey, you have to come and look at this." To be able to dive in such a wonderful spot is a blessing, but to be able to do it with your daughter pegs out the meter. Thanks again.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:38 am

Thanks Dan. Too bad the pass doesn't offer more opportunities for a shore dives ...
Maybe that is why I jump in on every chance I get. It helps tthat I live here :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dphershman » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:47 am

lovely shots from Deception Pass... I've got to get up to Whidbey again sometime! But currents on weekends have not been all that great the last few months :-(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:28 pm

It looks like there will not be favorable current situation at Deception Pass until September,
so I took advantage of this week's window of opportunity to dive my Whidbey favorite.
And although the visibility wasn't that great especially in the early morning on Monday,
the only day my daughter could get away from her work - we had good time ... No new
critters or new behavior witnessed, but it was Maya's first time there :supz:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sat Jun 18, 2011 7:08 am

Man, some of those look positively Halloweenish!

The last one, with the light coming up under the metridiums, is just beautiful. It reminds me of some of the cave pictures I've seen with slave strobes. Amazing how you can make familiar things look different, just by changing how they are lit.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:10 pm

jan, those look great, and they remind me of the aug 1997 issue of national geographic that's in our waiting room. in that magazine, there's an article about using ultraviolet on corals to get them to luminesce, and it made me wonder whether we have anything around here that does the same?

plus, how does one GET an underwater black light?

and if you have a flashlight, and an underwater black light, do you need a third light as a back up for your backup?
The student was ready.


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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:07 pm

Since the visibility and critters were lacking in cooperation spirit, I tried to experiment with the light :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:20 pm

SEAL FROG KICK? Who knew?

I guess that means it isn't non-silting propulsion the Cove 2 seals need to learn, it's buoyancy control . . . :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:14 pm

nwscubamom wrote:You're not getting senile - you're right! Metridium senile. :)

Thank you for the diagnose, sometimes I wonder about that :rawlings:
Not a good shot, but it was raining topside and there wasn't much available light. The seal was
staying just on the edge of visibility, obviously not interested in publicity shot...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby nwscubamom » Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:37 pm

You're not getting senile - you're right! Metridium senile. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:30 pm

Blaiz wrote:jan, i almost feel silly for asking, since I was there and totally missed them, but what is the fuzzy-brain-coral looking stuff near the lingcod?


SHORT PLUMOSE ANEMONE ( Metridium senile ), I think :)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:19 pm

jan, i almost feel silly for asking, since I was there and totally missed them, but what is the fuzzy-brain-coral looking stuff near the lingcod?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:25 pm

To bad it's such an expensive toy. I sure would love to have one. I bet there are allot of dive spots just waiting to be found.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:20 pm

I'm always amazed at side-scan sonar pictures! What a great way to get an overall concept of a very sprawling site.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:51 am

And not so far from the barges, perfect second dive to wrap up beautiful Sunday ...
Great weather and great company :)
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they are still small, but numerous ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:28 pm

Snapshots from Sunday dive on Hat Island barges. Or Gedney Island if you look
at a nautical chart :dontknow:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby whatevah » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:48 am

That was such a fun dive Jan - really cool to bump into you like that :) Thanks again for the photo!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:27 pm

Peter and I drove the horse trailer over the Deception Pass Bridge on Saturday, and all I could think about, looking down, was your great photos from diving there, and how much I really want to do this dive!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:55 pm

Couple days of Deception Pass colors while the world above is gray :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:39 pm

Got a hunch if he don't molt soon that camouflage might do him in.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:11 pm

Makes me wonder how it manages to move around in the currents of the Pass ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:18 pm

My favoritist nudie!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:04 pm

I neglected the Driftwood Park for years now. Maybe lack of showers and
restrooms had something to do with it, the few dives many years ago
did not impress me so I choose different Whidbey sites. The thick Bull
kelp and seaweed growth now makes nearby Keystone Jetty a very
difficult entry and exit on low tide - so I decided to check out the Driftwood
Park. Some tires and, of course, two toilets did provide enough critters to
warrant another visit in the future when the visibility improves ...
Here are some of the critters from the junkyard :)
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