This past week I enjoyed a few very pleasant dives on both Whidbey Island and a couple spots in central Puget Sound. Although the water temps are still very warm, up to 57º, the visibility was excellent. Salinity levels are normal for this time of year.
The Rockfish populations are continually looking very healthy. On Whidbey the Yellowtail, Copper, Black, Quillback, and Puget Sound Rockfish are all very plentiful. Large schools fill the water column. I also spotted schools of herring so think, the waters above me were darkened.
On Whidbey, I spotted and shot video of eight Giant Pacific Octopus on one wall. This is a very good sign since I'm not seeing large populations further south in the Sound.
Giant Pacific Octopuses in their respective dens.
The collection below is a mix from multiple underwater explorations. Each week I post more images from Puget Sound Underwater.