Dive #471 - Clarke Rock - 11 March 2021

J and I went out to Clarke Rock on a beautiful sunny day to look for lingcod egg masses. The visibility above water was great - we could see down to Washington. Below water was another story. We didn't use the line to go down, as I assumed that viz would open up at the bottom. It did not. Since we didn't go down the line, we couldn't find the block. We swam out into the sand, the wrong way for a little while, then turned around and finally hit some part of the rock. I'm still not sure where we were for 95% of that dive. Only at the very end did I figure out where we were. At one point we got separated, and both of us worried about having to find each other and do an open-water safety stop (we can do it, but in such crappy viz it's not nice). Luckily we found each other after a bit of searching.

Anyways, after this dive I'l be staying out of the water for awhile. It's pretty gross, the amount of reproductive fluids. My hair was washed three times when I got home.

Viz was terrible because loads of critters were broadcast spawning: chitons (I have photos of both male and females), chitons, sea stars (vermilions stretched out flat, purple and rose stars up on their tippy rays), sea cucumbers. Also spotted a cookie star, a wee little tiny PSKC and a juvi PSKC. Juvi rhico crab. One ray of a mottled star that didn't look like it was attached to a central disc, but looked healthy anyways.

Posted by leftcoaster leftcoaster, May 06, 2021 06:57

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Rose Sun Star (Crossaster papposus)

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leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Spawning

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Orange Sea Pen (Ptilosarcus gurneyi)

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leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Bryozoans (Phylum Bryozoa)

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leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Shrimp logged separately

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Slender Coastal Shrimp (Heptacarpus tenuissimus)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Mottled Star (Evasterias troschelii)

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leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Giant California Sea Cucumber (Apostichopus californicus)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Oregon Hairy Triton Snail (Fusitriton oregonensis)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Rose Sun Star (Crossaster papposus)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Spawning

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Morning Sun Star (Solaster dawsoni)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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North Pacific Lampshell (Terebratalia transversa)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Quillback Rockfish (Sebastes maliger)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Morning Sun Star (Solaster dawsoni)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Rainbow Star (Orthasterias koehleri)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Rose Sun Star (Crossaster papposus)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Spawning

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Giant Acorn Barnacle (Balanus nubilus)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Sailfin Sculpin (Nautichthys oculofasciatus)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Rhinoceros Crab (Rhinolithodes wosnessenskii)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Purple Sun Star (Solaster endeca)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)

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leftcoaster

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March 2021

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Puget Sound King Crab (Lopholithodes mandtii)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Blue Lined Chiton (Tonicella undocaerulea)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Spawning - male

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Giant Pink Sea Star (Pisaster brevispinus)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Green Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Blue Lined Chiton (Tonicella undocaerulea)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Spawning - female

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Vermilion Star (Mediaster aequalis)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Spawning

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Gumboot Chiton (Cryptochiton stelleri)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Heath's Dorid (Geitodoris heathi)

Observer

leftcoaster

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March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Smooth Sun Stars (Genus Solaster)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Spawning

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Blue Lined Chiton (Tonicella undocaerulea)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Spawning - male

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Slime Star (Pteraster tesselatus)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Vermilion Star (Mediaster aequalis)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Spawning

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Pinto Abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 2021

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Vermilion Star (Mediaster aequalis)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Spawning and/or break-dancing

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Pacific Blood Star (Henricia leviuscula)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Smooth Sun Stars (Genus Solaster)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Spawning

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Hooded Puncturella (Puncturella cucullata)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Spawning

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Mottled Star (Evasterias troschelii)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Puget Sound King Crab (Lopholithodes mandtii)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Chitons (Class Polyplacophora)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Spawning - Female

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Puget Sound King Crab (Lopholithodes mandtii)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Blood Stars (Genus Henricia)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Sp. A

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Orange Sea Cucumber (Cucumaria miniata)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Sea Lemon (Peltodoris nobilis)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Heath's Dorid (Geitodoris heathi)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Leather Star (Dermasterias imbricata)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

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Blood Stars (Genus Henricia)

Observer

leftcoaster

Date

March 11, 2021 11:17 PM PST

Description

Sp. A

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