Welcome to the SeaHorse Dive Club News.  Here you'll find articles about club events, cool dives your fellow members did and stuff they claimed to have seen, wild stories, nature stories, technology... You know, the kind of stuff you'd hear while you're standing around the compressor getting your tanks filled.  "Did you guys see the orca?!  No?  But it was right there!"  If you have your own whopper, I mean "story" to tell, let us know.  Send it to and you might see it right here.

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November Club Meeting was "Hot and Cold" Diving

posted Nov 17, 2017, 2:44 PM by Editor SeaHorse   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 4:12 PM ]

For the last indoor club meeting of 2017 more than 20 Sea Horses and friends gathered to hear about Hot and Cold diving - two trips, one to the San Juan Islands (cold) and the other to Grand Cayman Island (hot). We also conducted some Club business by reviewing and accepting the budget for 2018 which was developed by Brian HeathKen Engelmeyer also announced that we are seeking candidates for President and for Secretary of the club. Between now and January 26th, keep diving and go find the COTM (see the COTM post on the FB page). Here is a link to the Grand Cayman video that I shared.

November Indoor Club Meeting - Hot and Cold Diving - 11/16

posted Nov 1, 2017, 10:26 AM by Editor SeaHorse

Hot and Cold diving - videos/presentations on tropical diving in Grand Cayman and NW diving in the San Juans. Our own members Randy Pedersen, Dave Wakeley and Ed Gullekson will show videos and talk about two of the expeditions from 2017. In July a group met at Reid Harbor on Stuart Island in the San Juan Islands. Randy will show a video and those of us who participated will talk about that 3 days of diving. Also, Dave Wakeley and Ed Gullekson will show videos and talk about their expedition to Grand Cayman with REEF (
No host pizza dinner at 6, Program at 7 Location is the Redmond (Overlake) Round Table Pizza.

Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest 10/28

posted Oct 23, 2017, 11:22 AM by Editor SeaHorse

Annual UWPCC at Alki shelter house. October 28th. Registration between 9 AM and 9:30. 
Dive briefing at 9:50. Splash about 10AM. 
Seahorse dive club will provide hot dogs, sodas and chips. Starbucks typically supplies us with coffee. 
Other people bring cookies and snacks. 
Categories: Largest Pumpkin, Scariest, most artistic, best use of sea life, best as pumpkin pie. other categories as needed.
Judging by friends and anyone who walks by at 11:15 to 11:30 AM. 
Marker Buoy Dive club will be joining us.

Annual Photo and Video Contest - October 26

posted Sep 28, 2017, 2:23 PM by Editor SeaHorse   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 11:23 AM ]

Seahorse Photo and Video Contest - October 26th at the Issaquah Rogue Brewery (new location this year) - 35 West Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027. The categories are: 1) Video; 2) Above Water Dive Related; 3) Cold Water Macro; 4) Cold Water Wide Angle; 5) Warm Water Macro; 6) Warm Water Wide Angle; 7) Novice; 8) Crabs.
Meet at 6 for no-host dinner and the contest will start at 7 PM. Come and vote for your favorites!

This is a fun meeting where you get to see photos and videos by your fellow club members, bring your own to show, and vote on your favorites. Even if you don't have something to show come on out to have dinner at the Rogue Brewery (and have a beer) plus vote on the photos that catch your eye.,-122.0394088,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x549065802285bb71:0xdfd5a9851aca89f9!8m2!3d47.5300457!4d-122.0372201?hl=en&authuser=0

Club Dive for September - Crayfish

posted Sep 16, 2017, 4:21 PM by Editor SeaHorse

Crayfish Dive - September 23 - Seward Park - 10AM
Our local crayfish are a yummie treat. Join us to dive, boil and eat a whole mess of them.
Meet by the shelter house or North of the restroom.
Water entry about 10:30. 
Dive time is 1 hour to search for fresh food. No shelfish license required for crayfish. 
Lunch about noon. 
Club will provide: Chips& sodas, Hot dogs as a backup, Macaroni salad. Please feel free to bring something else.
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August is Beer Dive month - 8/19

posted Aug 10, 2017, 2:36 PM by Editor SeaHorse   [ updated Aug 12, 2017, 3:20 PM ]

The Beer Dive is a fun way to put in a dive, get some extra beer and meet & have fun with other members. This year it will be at the Sand Point Boat Ramp.  We will take over one of the picnic table areas. Meet about 9 and splash between 9:30 and 10 AM.  Bring a goody bag for your beer collection underwater. This is a freshwater dive so some people may be collecting crayfish for munching at lunch that day. Club provides food and soft drinks for lunch.

Annual Wine Dive - July 20th

posted Jul 5, 2017, 2:12 PM by Editor SeaHorse   [ updated Jul 8, 2017, 8:47 PM ]

This is a fun event, wine and soft drinks are "hidden" in the water and we divers get to go find them - finders keepers is the rule.
Meet & sign between 5 PM to 5:30 PM.   Splash 5:50 with an hour for searching. Bring a goody bag to carry your loot underwater.
 Location is the Alki Pipeline (link below)
    Dinner about 7 PM, provided by the Club
    Location:  63rd and Harbor Ave  West Seattle.
    Shallow dive – one tank will last an hour. 
Link for the Alki Pipeline dive site:

COTM for 6/22 to 7/20

posted Jun 22, 2017, 10:08 PM by Editor SeaHorse

The COTM (critter of the month) has been an orange sea cucumber. We had a record number of divers, 10, find one or more over the last month, here is the list: Gary SchnaithDan RitchieMarcus KrugerKen EngelmeyerEd PearsonAlex PearsonPieter Booth, Kyle Kyle O'GradyDavid Wakeley and me. Way to go to all! The COTM for the next month (6/23-7/20) is the southern rock sole. This right-eyed flatfish is common at many of our local dive sites. I have seen them at 3 Tree Point North, Cove 2, Alki Junkyard, Redondo and more. They seem to just now be moving up to diving depths and I’ve seen multiples of them to turn in on my REEF ( fish counts. They do have some variation in coloring. Here are a couple links to help with identification:…/identificati…/flatfish/l_bilineata.html

June Indoor Meeting Highlights

posted Jun 22, 2017, 10:07 PM by Editor SeaHorse

The Sea Horses Club meeting this month captured the attention of 18 people for a very interesting talk on Urban Marine Ecology, with much detail on giant Pacific octopus information. We heard from Eliza Heery PhD on her studies. One conclusion is that going deeper may help to find octopuses, another is that water temperature may affect overall populations (warm=fewer octopuses). This month two dive leaders earned air cards for leading dives that had 4 members participating. Gary Schnaith earned one for a dive at KVI Towers, and Pieter Booth earned one for dives at Sund Rock. Next month, on 7/20, is the Wine Dive at Alki Pipeline. Look for the announcement here and on the Google calendar.

June Indoor Club Meeting 2/22 - Giant Pacific Octopus Study

posted Jun 13, 2017, 9:34 PM by Editor SeaHorse   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 11:06 AM ]

No-host dinner at 6, Program at 7 PM. Rogue Issaquah Brew House – Nail Room, 35 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027

Dr. Eliza Heery – Octopus survey results revealed!

Eliza recently completed her doctorate from the Biology Department at the University of Washington. She has made extensive study of the ecological dynamics of urban marine ecosystems (like an artificial reef).  Eliza earned an M.S. in Fisheries Science from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in Biology from Emory University.  Prior to joining the University of Washington, she worked as a data analyst in the Fisheries Resource Analysis and Monitoring Division at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA) in Seattle.

In a collaborative study with the Seattle Aquarium, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and the REEF program, Eliza examined whether the distribution and habitat of giant Pacific octopus is related to the urban intensity in Puget Sound. Using REEF data provided by you and your fellow divers, she modeled octopus occurrence across in the region as it relates to urban environments.

Eliza spends a good portion of her time out in the field (diving) for her research. Her insight will bring a great deal of awareness and enrichment to your local dives and your success for encounters with the giant Pacific octopus.


Please join us for this unique perspective on many our most famous and popular critter. I’m confident that Eliza will be prepared and thrilled to take on any of your Q & A.

More detail on Eliza’s work (and just a great deal of cool info about our local critters) can be found in her fascinating blog located at:

Come join your fellow Seahorses for a great family-friendly presentation with some good food and cold beverages. Children’s menu available too!


Directions to Issaquah Brew House:

Take I-90 East. Exit 17 at Front St going south. It’s about a half mile and on the right side at the intersection of Sunset Ave.


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