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Seattle videographer Laura James has put together this very fun video of life in Puget Sound over at one of our favorite dive sites, Alki Beach Junk Yard. So many fish and invertebrates in the video, my favorites were Striped nudibranch, Grunt sculpin, and a juvenile Wolf eel.
Are you ready to go diving and see all the amazing sea life here in Seattle?
Followers of our blog, twitter, and Facebook posts have heard us mention the Harbor seals that frequently accompany us on our night dives, especially at Seacrest Park Cove 2. Here’s a video from last week taken by Northwest diver Ben Hollis and Seattle Dive Tours Divemaster Chen Hsu. Harbor seals are common in and around Puget Sound, and are one of the most widely distributed Pinnipeds in the world. Harbor seal pups have historically used the beaches in West Seattle to haul out, rest and warm up between foraging sessions in the water. Harbor seals don’t migrate like both the California and Stellar sea lions that our dive tours often see resting on the navigation buoys in Elliott Bay, and instead our local Harbor seals live their lives in the Northwest.
Ben and Chen were doing a night dive at Seacrest Park Cove 2 just after sunset when 3 Harbor seals decided to tag along:
One of our Seattle Dive Tours divers, Norwegian Claes-Gøran Bye, posted this video from his recent guided scuba diving tour with us at Redondo Beach, WA. Looking at the footage, I found Giant Pacific octopus, Plumose anemone, Sunflower star, Copper rockfish, Giant barnacle, Northern kelp crab, and Spiny pinkstar. If you can identify anything else, leave it in the comments section below of let us know on our Facebook page.
Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) sightings in Puget Sound are on the rise right now, as we transition to our beautiful fall season. Our autumn weather includes bright sunny days and cool, clear nights, with excellent visibility underwater and even nighttime bioluminescence. Below is a video of a Giant Pacific Octopus taken at the Seattle Aquarium.