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Saturday, February 25, 2006 

Rocking Out on Puget Sound

Got to do a day of diving at Possession Point on the south end of Whidbey Island today on my dive buddy Doc Kay's Carver 37 powerboat.

The weather was mild, but quite cold this morning with a frigid breeze blowing off snow covered mountains. We were eager to jump in the 43F water and warm up!

We had 6 divers on our boat and another "hanger on", Steve Lodge in his small powerboat rafted to our side. After waiting for the current to slack, we split into 2 groups to dive. Doc and I got in after the first group came up and descended on the old ferry wreck there, really the only large wreck in Puget Sound within recreational limits. Viz was murky around 20' at best. The wreck is one of my favorite dives here, covered with Plumose Anenomes and teaming with rockfish, lingcod, perch and invertibrates. Many of the rockfish here are huge and very old, large ones are 80-90 years old!

We did a second dive nearby but the surface current was ripping pretty hard and I decided that safety was more important that taking pictures. Of course, once down on the bottom, it wouldn't of been a problem and we saw even more life there. Oh well, we're going back next month.

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