Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:15 am

Fish heads :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:48 am

Hi Alex, unfortunately, this is round three for Langley and Coupeville.
Coupeville was not as bad as Langley and so far again is affected less in spite of being only 17 miles away.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Sat Sep 24, 2016 6:38 am

Hi Jan,

Please forgive my poor memory but was Langley Harbor (and Coupeville) clear of the disease prior to this year or is this outbreak 'round two'?

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:27 pm

Sea star survey, Keystone and Langley...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:38 pm

Keystone Jetty, some of the crabs and shrimp who find their home there ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:35 pm

Another change in the taxonomy of slugs.
All the Leopard dorids in waters around Whidbey Island were covered with spots even if the ones in my guide book sported only few. The variations was attributed to "morphs". New paper in the Journal of Molluscan Studies describes that we are dealing with two different critters. Maybe because of climate change and the warmer water, this March I found one Leopard dorid with just few spots at Skyline on Fidalgo Island. It will be interesting to see if there will be more of them in the future munching on our sponges...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:11 pm

Years ago, I read that the improved fisheries in areas adjacent to "no fishing" zones more than compensated for the loss of fishing due to the sanctuary.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:03 pm

Some of the Keystone Jetty rockfish. Proof that underwater park, no fishing area,
is good for fish and for divers who like to take pictures of fish :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:17 pm

I saw a lot of really sad Burrowing Brittle Stars at Sund Rock today. Also a lot of Plumose anemones & sea cucumbers didn't look very good. It was very depressing and super dark down there below the gross brown layer on top. I really hope all the critters can survive this low oxegyn and pollution issue :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:58 pm

The Sea Star Wasting Syndrome now reached Penn Cove as well.
Interestingly, the stars on the wharf piling in the warmer water are healthy while the ones below 20 feet of depth away from the structure are sick. It might be because the oxygen levels there are really, really low according to data from the nearby Penn Cove Mussel Farm. Other sea critters which normally live under the surface of the mud are now on top, and showing sign of distress. As they did last two years in September and October.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:21 am

Two days of Deception Pass diving provided just the right amount of variance from the recent 2000 mile car road trip. The large number of Cross jellies zooming by in the current was very noticeable, I don't remember seeing them here in such numbers before.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dwashbur » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:27 am

It would seem they are the sea equivalent of a porcupine.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 04, 2016 7:23 am

Sea urchins have more than just spines to help in their defense against hungry sea stars. When I saw this Leather star gingerly maneuvering among the Green sea urchins, I noticed tiny "thorns" embedded in its flesh. That is how I found Globiferous pedicellaria :)
(I did not know about them before.)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:26 pm

Yes, they are lurking everywhere!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby YellowEye » Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:42 pm

Nice one Jan!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:39 pm

Scalyhead sculpin, probably the most common sculpin in our waters.
Keystone Jetty.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:38 am

I did check with Dave Behrens before I posted it, and he was surprised that they did eat snails, but when I sent him the link from Sea Slug Forum
(Robilliard (1971 observed it tending to specialize on either bryozoans or small snails in two different habitats, depending on which prey item was most abundant.), he did not call it BS. :)
Also Hans Bertsch included it in his new Invertebrates of Northwest Mexico, which is now at the printer to be published shortly.
I agree, it did not sound plausible when I first read it...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:24 am

Hi Jan,
Gorgeous images!
Several years ago the Feiro Center hosted a talk on nudibranchs by Dave Behrens. I asked him about D. albolineata eating snails and he basically called BS and said that their primary diet is actually bryozoans (which seem to be in these photos). I just looked at Sea Slug Forum, Slugsite, & Wikipedia and it seems that the whole thing about this species eating snails is slowly fading away.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:35 am

Having fun with White dirona and Painted greenling. My focusing light wasn't working, so I could not find the eggs the fish was protecting, but it kept on coming back as I was trying to get a good angle on the slug.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:48 pm

Fried egg jellies, their fragile beauty float all around Whidbey waters these days.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:18 pm

Painted greenling pair - mating dance :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:17 pm

cute! :) I love jellyfish season. Great shot Jan.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:54 pm

Little medusa, it might not have brain, but it knows how to swim efficiently :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:05 pm

When I returned to my two favorite sea star sites after almost two week absence, I was encouraged by what I found on my Monday dive at Coupeville. All stars were healthy. But what I found on Tuesday at Langley, only 17 miles away in straight line from Coupeville, shocked me. Place which until recently teemed with sea stars was a sad sight of misery. Depressing :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:43 pm

The trials and tribulations in the life of Fried egg jellyfish ...
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