Whidbey Island Critters

Fish & Invertebrate sightings and descriptions, hosted by resident NWDC ID expert Janna Nichols (nwscubamom).
User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 3109
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:07 am

Deception Pass February 2, 2016 :
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 3109
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:34 am

Any port in storm for the wolf-eels ...
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 3109
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:08 am

Just another visit to dentist, Keystone style :)
Image
Image
Image

plus a raw video, no lights, wrong lens...
https://jankocian.smugmug.com/Underwater/UW-Video-clips/i-4zDJdvH/0/1920/P1280198%20Ling%20cleaning%20K-1920.mp4

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 3109
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jan 29, 2016 3:11 pm

Another critter from Keystone, some inflated and some deflated Broadbase tunicates:
Image

User avatar
Norris
NWDC Moderator
NWDC Moderator
Posts: 4188
Joined: Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:31 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Norris » Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:40 am

Love it
**Pinch it, don't stick your finger through. You're just pinching a bigger hole.
CAPTNJACK - 2012**

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 3109
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:40 pm

Another dive, another dollar ... or two, or ....
Image

User avatar
ScubaJess
Aquanaut
Posts: 692
Joined: Fri Aug 08, 2014 3:56 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:08 am

Sad :(
Live Long And Prosper!!!

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 3109
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:30 pm

It looks like the wasting disease is still with us :(
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
ScubaJess
Aquanaut
Posts: 692
Joined: Fri Aug 08, 2014 3:56 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:53 pm

Man they scare me now since that guy at cove 2 tried to ram me head on twice! I will stay far away from these protective daddies! Great shots Jan!
Live Long And Prosper!!!

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 3109
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:18 pm

The time for watch out for menacing Lingcod is here again.
As every winter the male Lings get in sour mood when we get close to their egg nests.
I found three new ones yesterday.
Image
Image

User avatar
Greg Jensen
Perma Narc'd
Posts: 763
Joined: Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:02 am

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Greg Jensen » Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:00 pm

Well, you saw how clumsy and slow it was walking around in the open. Once they're out of the burrow they're toast- he's probably in a staghorn's tummy by now.

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 3109
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:32 pm

Thank you Greg for your input. I am amazed how rare sight it is for me to see the shrimp itself when I swim over so many of their "volcanic" mounds.

User avatar
Greg Jensen
Perma Narc'd
Posts: 763
Joined: Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:02 am

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Greg Jensen » Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:25 pm

Alex is correct in that the shape of the ghost shrimp's claw looks more like a gigas, but as noted the eyestalks are those of a californiensis. I've been fooled by ones like this in the past- it could be that regenerating claws take a while to develop the expansion that is normally seen in large californiensis males.
Adult male gigas are really spectacular- way, way more dramatic looking than the one shown in my book- as their claw can be bigger than the rest of their body.

Tidepool Geek
Avid Diver
Posts: 74
Joined: Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:36 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Sat Jan 23, 2016 7:18 am

Hi Jan,

That's just amazing; to find that many species on one rock. Kudos for your observation ability!
Could you give us a sense of scale?

Amazedly yours,
Alex

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 3109
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jan 22, 2016 8:31 pm

The new batch of recruits at Langley Harbor is still doing OK.
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 3109
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jan 22, 2016 7:35 am

Alex, Greg confirmed that it is Bay ghost based on the shape of the eyes.

It has been hard to find slugs around Whidbey lately,might be my eyes.
At least the anemones are big enough and seeing the white strings -acondia-
an indication that there might be some action :)
Image
Image

Tidepool Geek
Avid Diver
Posts: 74
Joined: Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:36 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:51 pm

Greetings,

Seeing one of these has got to be quite a crap shoot! At the Feiro Center we had a couple of them for 2+ years and only saw one out of the sand one time (and I don't think it was healthy). The only reason we knew they were still there was that their mounds would appear and grow from time to time and occasionally one of the burrows would be adjacent to the glass - thus making the shrimp visible.

According to Greg Jensen's book the Bay Ghost Shrimp maxes out at 4.8" long while the Giant Ghost Shrimp gets to 5.9". With luck, Greg will chime in with an I.D. on this particular animal (my personal WAG is that it's a giant rather than a bay).

Shrimply yours,
Alex

User avatar
Gdog
NWDC Moderator
NWDC Moderator
Posts: 1605
Joined: Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:41 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:21 pm

Very cool! How big do they get Jan?

User avatar
Scubie Doo
I've Got Gills
Posts: 1966
Joined: Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:13 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Scubie Doo » Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:08 pm

Cool! I've never seen one. I need to come visit so I can see this cool little critter.

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 3109
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:59 am

I am not into video, but here is a short clip of the ghost ;
https://jankocian.smugmug.com/Underwater/UW-Video-clips/i-c8KCFNq/A

User avatar
oldsalt
Perma Narc'd
Posts: 778
Joined: Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:02 am

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:31 am

Ghost shrimp provide the primary food source for the gray whales when they are in Puget Sound. As a consequence the state shut down the commercial harvesting of the ghost shrimp. (It was an extremely small fishery, 2-3 operators at most.) At low tide at Langley and in front of my house I can see the large divots left by the whales in their pursuit of these shrimp. Cool sighting.
-Curt :rawlings:
Happy to be alive.

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 3109
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:56 am

They are ghosts indeed. Their mounds are very common, but the shrimp I rarely encounter .
This guy for some reason did not like the Green sea urchins :)
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
Jan K
I've Got Gills
Posts: 3109
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 5:02 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:50 am

Alex, the reason I choose king tide for this dive - the entry into Holmes Harbor water in Freeland on low tide is almost impossible, mud/sand for long ways out, also I was curious what will show up on this very high tide. (nothing unusual).
1.The encounter with sand dollars occurred in deeper water, past the eel grass beds in 30 feet of water.
2. The stars were small and large, definitely adults some of them. I never saw wasting Pisasters here, and even the Pycnodopia just disappeared for while, unlike in other places, I did not see the piles of goo like in other places. But then again, sea stars were never numerous here.
3. I did see adult sand dollars here, in little bit shallow part of the area, but not this time.

Tidepool Geek
Avid Diver
Posts: 74
Joined: Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:36 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:30 am

Hi Jan,

Very cool find (and images)!
A few questions:
1. You mentioned the king tide; were these animals in or near the intertidal zone?
2. What were the sizes of the stars & dollars? [I'm wondering if the stars are SSWD survivors or had they been born in the aftermath of SSWD.]
3. Was there any evidence of adult sand dollars in the area?
Thanks again for all of your fascinating posts.

Curiously yours,
Alex

User avatar
Scubie Doo
I've Got Gills
Posts: 1966
Joined: Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:13 pm

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Scubie Doo » Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:20 pm

YellowEye wrote:Very cool!
I have yet to see an alive sand dollar in the sound!


They are plentiful at Fox Island West Wall in the shallows to your right when entering the water (the opposite way from the wall) :)


Return to “Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: lamont and 1 guest