04 de enero de 2022

Dive #520 - Madrona (Big Wall) - 9 December 2021

A nice night dive with all the usual suspects on the Big Wall. Highlight was a young GPO was out hunting for snacks that didn't mind us watching and taking photos, and a pair of fighting kelp crabs that were trying to pin each other's arms with their pinchers.

Ingresado el 04 de enero de 2022 por leftcoaster leftcoaster | 47 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Dive #520 - Keel Cove - 14 November 2021

Stunning viz! 30 minutes of orca singing! Pretty sure it was the residents, because two sea lions came up to us and they didn't look freaked out.

7 grunt sculpins on the sailboat wreck.

Jill and I collected a lot of golf balls.

Viz was so good we checked out some new rocks deeper than the sailboat and to the right a little.

A new-to-me worm.

Ingresado el 04 de enero de 2022 por leftcoaster leftcoaster | 26 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Dive #519 - Dolphin Beach - 13 November 2021

A dive meant to celebrate my new ABD status wasn't that great. I got really hungry, then low-sugar shaky, then much colder than I normally get. I had a bit of a reverse ear squeeze on the way back up.

Counted sea cukes, saw the wolf eel pair (J says they have eggs), waved to the big Vermillion rockfish.

Ingresado el 04 de enero de 2022 por leftcoaster leftcoaster | 5 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

22 de noviembre de 2021

Dive #518 - Keel Cove - 6 November 2021

Night dive at Keel. Lot of cool critters: 6 grunts on the wreck, 3 Cockrell's dorids (two right near each other), stubby squid. The highlight was a little wee red octopus on a golf ball!!!

Ingresado el 22 de noviembre de 2021 por leftcoaster leftcoaster | 50 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

19 de noviembre de 2021

Dive #517 - Finn Beach - 30 October 2021

FIRST LUMPSUCKER OF THE SEASON!!! I spotted it about 5 minutes into the dive, a red gumball sitting on eel grass. So adorable!!!

Lion's mane nudi, some raggedy-looking white-lined dironas, a few Pacific Staghorn Sculpins, Spearnose poacher, various worms, a couple of Grunt sculpins (one living in a beer bottle), two Red Irish Lords

Ingresado el 19 de noviembre de 2021 por leftcoaster leftcoaster | 43 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Dive #516 - Oak Leaf - 26 October 2021

We went looking for lumpsuckers, but with no luck. Instead, we had a marvelous encounter with a juvenile female GPO, who was out hunting. We watched her around 75ft for quite awhile. She seemed to be using our lights to help hunt. At one point she flushed out a Red Irish Lord that we had no idea was under the rock! I wonder if this is the same little GPO that was chilling outside of its den my last dive at Oakleaf? Definitely highlight of the night.

There were schools of anchovies, tubesnout, and little plainfin midshipmen. The midshipmen were really amazing; I haven't seen them in such high numbers before. They'd hang out in the water column and then dive down to the sand if they felt threatened.

We surfaced to driving rain, which we could see underwater. We could also hear the pounding of the surf from quite far out underwater.

Ingresado el 19 de noviembre de 2021 por leftcoaster leftcoaster | 41 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

03 de noviembre de 2021

Dive #515 - Madrona (Big Wall) - 19 October 2021

After hearing reports of octo-Buds out on the Big Wall, we got some Nitrox and headed out. We dropped down half way to the buoy, which was a mistake - we got horribly lost in the sand and ended up finding the wall at the tumbled-boulder section where we normally turn around. But with Nitrox, we carried on to the end of the wall, where the masses of feather stars are. We turned around and headed back. Found a bunch of big GPOs, a wolf eel pair, and a juvenile wolf eel. Lots of Pacific Staghorn Sculpins out tonight, and a few Red Irish Lords. Two huge armed hermit crabs - one in a moonsnail shell!

Ingresado el 03 de noviembre de 2021 por leftcoaster leftcoaster | 48 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Dive #514 - Oak Leaf - 17 October 2021

Beautiful viz today! 50ft+

Highlight was a little GPO sitting outside of its den, just chilling and watching the world go by. We saw 4 other GPOs in their dens. Other highlight was a Heath's Dorid.

Ingresado el 03 de noviembre de 2021 por leftcoaster leftcoaster | 41 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

14 de octubre de 2021

Dive #511 - Cottam Point

Started off with some nice jellies in the shallows, and found the massive pink sea star again. Urchins with hats, and one standing on its side. A few Batwing sea slugs. Octo mom with eggs, and a couple other GPOs. Sea stars in weird positions. Brown rockfish, which I don't remember seeing here before.

Ingresado el 14 de octubre de 2021 por leftcoaster leftcoaster | 44 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

27 de septiembre de 2021

Dives #508 - Madrona Small Wall - 16 September 2021

First real night dive of the year. A 4 yo girl was entranced by us gearing up in the parking lot, and made her family go back down to the beach to see us splash. It was adorable.

A little bit of SSWD and sea cuke wasting. The highlight for me was spotting a wee tiny little juvenile grunt sculpin that was so little it didn't even have its adult colours in yet! I found leather stars with 5, 6, and 7 rays. J spotted a baby red octopus. Lots of small sailfin sculpins, and a couple of Red Irish Lords.

Ingresado el 27 de septiembre de 2021 por leftcoaster leftcoaster | 58 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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