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The Undersea World of Snargfargle

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Some of you know that Snargfargle used to be a soldier,

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And a paramedic,

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But did you know he was a diver too?

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Here are some of the "denizens of the deep" I captured with my old 35mm dive camera.

Wolf Eel. This rascal was over six feet long and was none too pleased that I was taking his picture. You have to be careful around these, they can bite a finger clean off.

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I saw quite a few octopus but never had a camera with me at the time. You can see this female octopus' eggs and just barely make out one of her arms. She will protect the eggs until she dies.

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Just as saguaro cactus indicate that you are in the Sonoran Desert, so does the plumose anemone indicate that you are off the coast of the Pacific Northwest.

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Lingcod are a popular gamefish, I took this picture at night during the winter when the water was exceptionally clear due to the lack of plankton. Not the plumose anemone closed up for the night.

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There are many types and colors of sea stars to be found. I always liked to collect a few to show the kids on shore.

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Lion's mane jellies are the largest jellyfish in the world.  The one that has a light green background was almost seven feet across. If you don't believe that they get that big look them up.

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Anemones come in many shapes and types. I have no idea how many different species there are in Puget Sound.

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Rockfish used to be extensively commercially harvested. However, their numbers are now declining. Even sportfishing is closed to many species. The brownish one is a copper rockfish and the red one is a vermillion rockfish.

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36 minutes ago, WolfofWarship said:

Brilliant photos @Snargfargle! Thanks for sharing! You must have had loads of awesome adventures, no wonder you write so well! You have a lot of experience to pull from!

Thanks.

Someday I'll buy me a digital camera and get back to a place where I can do some more diving. I tried to dive here in the Midwest but the water is so muddy that there's not much point because the visibility is so low that you can't even see your gauges unless you put them right up against your mask. Of course, it's good training in being a search and recovery diver where you get roped off and work grids by touch; I've done a bit of that. However, it's more work than fun unless there's something specifically that you are searching for.  

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Very nice. Ever any sharks around when you dive? Those shallow, cold, oxygen and life-rich waters are heaven for a lot of species (the vast majority of which I know don't care about people at all).

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On 1/28/2018 at 10:20 PM, 1Sherman said:

Very nice. Ever any sharks around when you dive? Those shallow, cold, oxygen and life-rich waters are heaven for a lot of species (the vast majority of which I know don't care about people at all).

There were reports of sixgill sharks and cat sharks in Puget Sound but I never saw any. Sharks are actually rather timid and easily scared by the bubbles from your regulator. The owner of the dive shop I bought my air from and his assistant dove with rebreathers and said that they saw sharks all the time. The only sharks I saw were dogfish. I saw a shark relative, a chimera, once though. That was a rare sight as they are deepwater fish and only come up to recreational dive depths to breed. I saw it at over 100 feet deep on a night dive.

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5 minutes ago, Yoshiblue said:

I ran out of upvotes to give. 

Here, have one of mine :Smile_great:.

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Sea Cucumber

A quarter million pounds of these are harvested a year (both legally and illegally) and mostly sold to Asian markets.

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I havent seen shots like these since i left the USS Edenton ATS 1... We had at times 18 to 20 salvage divers aboard... they all carried cameras... and love to share with others... photos as well as the "stories" that went with them... thank you for yours

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On 1/28/2018 at 11:14 PM, bever1 said:

I havent seen shots like these since i left the USS Edenton ATS 1... We had at times 18 to 20 salvage divers aboard... they all carried cameras... and love to share with others... photos as well as the "stories" that went with them... thank you for yours

I was a fisheries biologist and college instructor but mainly just dove for fun, though I also am trained as a search and rescue diver. I wish I'd have been able to afford better photo gear. I had an Ikelite-cased 35mm Instamatic. It cost me a month's salary but it was  worth it. Of course now everything's digital. It got so hard finding places to get 35mm film developed that I finally gave my camera gear to Goodwill. I had plans of buying digital underwater gear but then moved away from the Coast so I never needed it.

I've seen some big animals diving. The largest was a humpback whale. I'd surfaced one night and heard something behind me. I turned and saw what at first I thought was a fairly good-sized ship, which scared me because I thought that it was going to suck me into its props. Then, the "ship" let off a cloud of spray from its blowhole and dove. I wasn't 20 feet from it. 

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I wish i could have gotten a hold of that shutter box... I have collected a few "mature" light collection devices over the years from G/W...

I had a photo I took in Diego Garcia, BIOT.(circa 1980) of Hector, The big cheese of the harbor he was swimming under the Capts. Gig... a 18 ft. motor whale boat... three foot extended passed both fore and aft., with his eyes one foot either side of the six ft beam... he made it a habit of makeing swim call interesting... we snorkeled the rocks  pulling up lobsters by hand with claws that weighed 2 to 4 lbs... a small tail 8 to 9 lbs... red snappers with hand lines and bread for bait... off the rails... 14 to 16 lbs... 3 to 5 per hour... oh the tropics such a feast

 

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