I wish I could create amazing videos, but I'm still trying to get the photo equipment down! However... on a rare occasion I turn on the video so I can share moments with my little buddy. This is a juvenile wolf eel and a sleeping giant pacific octopus. Enjoy!
Winter Diving Underway!
Now that I am settled in for the winter here on the Hood Canal I’ve been able to get a lot more diving in! I forget just how much it improves my mood!
Made a couple of trips to Sund Rock Marine Preserve to visit my most curious wolf eel friends and keeping an eye on a couple of octopus. It certainly wouldn’t be winter diving without a few trips to Redondo (the Washington version) to find the elusive and adorable Pacific Spiny Lumpsuckers! Tides were good for Day Island Wall this past weekend as well. Visibility in winter usually improves, provided it’s not raining too dang hard for too dang long.
Eggs and More Eggs
So many underwater critters tending to the eggs this time of year! A number of octopus between here and Point Whitney are on eggs. While I’ve not had photographic success capturing a shot of their egg sacks… I will continue to check on them and maybe I’ll get lucky enough to have them move around just enough to catch a good photo opportunity one of these times. Kelp greenling eggs, opalescent squid eggs and wolf eel eggs have kept me entertained while diving. These parents are highly protective of their future generation, just looks at that scowl on daddy kelp greenling’s face - I think he was growling.
More bubble therapy awaits!
Back Home in the Hood!
Had my first truly UNEVENTFUL drive in the RV from Sequim to Hoodsport… what do I mean by uneventful… no CHECK ENGINE LIGHT, no OVER HEATING, and BONUS I didn’t even piss any truckers off! LOL I even made an unplanned stop to checkout Triton State Park (future dive site). Upon arrival my slide outs worked, refrigerator worked, electric hot water worked, and the hydraulic jacks worked!! I can finally get the awning out! While it will need some new struts (once we can finding them) at least it is no longer stuck and I can get the darn thing out. I feel at home once again with this beautify view out my front window! Tranquility…
Quite a delay in getting everything working… I didn’t get on the road south timely so I have decided to hunker down and head south in spring as soon as the roads are good. I’ve learned quickly NOTHING goes as planned so you just adapt and make it work your way. My way…. is going to be diving the PNW during the best time, with some great dive buddies.
I had to fulfil that dive desire today, so I took the pony and the wide angle over to Sund Rock in search for the octopus on the south wall and to visit my favorite little wolf eels on the north wall. Still a ton of little krill or something hatching!! I’d hit spots where they were thick and other areas had fabulous visibility.
Big thank you to Omar at Octopus Gardens Diving for helping me determine my mouth piece was leaking and replacing it! New mouth piece, new neck seal and I had a nice dry dive!! Special thanks to my aunt Barb and Dan for letting me work out of their beautiful home office.... and feeding me yummy foods!!! It was an awesome treat to spend time with you!
Here’s to a winter full of PNW Diving!
Pamela Treischel is a SCUBA diving enthusiast, underwater photography hobbyist and Ambassador for the Inland Ocean Coalition.