Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed May 27, 2015 4:14 pm

On Sunday there was guy fishing from rocky perch right over the kelp bed, casting into the choppy waters below.
The Kelp greenling I found was not his doing, but the many lost lures tangled on the kelp along with strung out descarted fishing lines attest that he is not alone who is trying to catch fish in that kind of environment... :(

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Catching fish,invertebrates and even occasional diver with a camera is always rewarding ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon May 25, 2015 10:19 pm

Thanks Lynne, Eric.
Memorial Day weekend was favorable for diving, even if little bit early in the day and rather gray and gloomy above.
On Sunday only two divers, but today it was different story. Lots of divers, few came armed with spearguns to get their Lingcod,
more of us were shooting with cameras :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby YellowEye » Sun May 24, 2015 11:22 am

Agreed! Those scale crabs are cool!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun May 24, 2015 9:15 am

What beautiful scaled crab photos! That's my favorite crab species, after the PSKC.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat May 23, 2015 7:13 pm

Yes Lynne, on some sites it is considered an invasive species.

And now a little bit of info how some crabs are made. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri May 22, 2015 9:26 am

So, is this considered an invasive species? It's certainly pretty.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri May 22, 2015 6:54 am

New tunicate shows up on the seawall at Langley harbor...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 19, 2015 5:47 pm

Not an underwater critter, but heron feed on fish, there is water in the pictures and one of them made it to our local newspaper.
Something big & yellow floating in the background :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 19, 2015 7:16 am

For male Blackeye goby, mating is a black tie event :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 17, 2015 10:09 pm

Oregon Hairy Tritons are now laying eggs at Keystone Jetty. Lots of eggs ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu May 14, 2015 8:21 am

Deception Pass dives - May 11th and 12th.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed May 13, 2015 5:54 am

And rest of the cucumbers I found on Whidbey Island so far ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 10, 2015 6:04 am

Our cucumbers :burntchef:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat May 09, 2015 8:15 am

Look what I found :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat May 09, 2015 7:09 am

Thank you, Lynne.
After looking through my files, only time I have seen Tubesnout displaying orange here on Whidbey is May and June.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri May 08, 2015 10:26 pm

Fascinating! I love the photo with the urchins trying to escape the star.

I've only seen the orange patches on the pectoral fins of the tubesnouts in late winter mating coloring. Have you seen that other times, Jan?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri May 08, 2015 6:22 am

Sea stars and sea urchins. Interesting eating habits.
How they eat, what they eat.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu May 07, 2015 6:50 am

And to prove that all that dancing and outfit change works - clusters of eggs to guard..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 05, 2015 6:39 am

What love does to the Painted greenling ... :luv:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon May 04, 2015 7:38 am

Good visibility keeps me coming back to Keystone ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 03, 2015 7:10 am

Tubesnout lovers in the Bull kelp forest :luv:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat May 02, 2015 7:23 pm

Curt,
thank you for the info on the brewery. They seem like nice people, supporting good cause while drinking beer looks like a win win thing for the divers and the brewery :partyman:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Sat May 02, 2015 5:00 pm

I enjoy your wit with the beer bottle.For these specialty ales, Rogue Brewery donates a portion of its proceeds to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. In addition to the Wasted Sea Star, they have had several critter watcher favorites: Wolf Eel Ale, Spiney Lumpsucker Ale, Sea Otter Ale, Whale Ale (in honor of Keiko), and Shark's Tooth Ale. For wreck divers it has Sunken Vessale. Their Newport Brewery is nestled among the aquarium, Hatfield Marine Science Center, and NOAA's West Coast headquarters. At times it shares a parking lot with a dive shop (They seem to come and go.). It's a favorite stop while coastal whale watching.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby YellowEye » Sat May 02, 2015 9:22 am

Very cool!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat May 02, 2015 7:34 am

It was interesting to watch how fast the Green sea urchins scramble to get away from the small Sunflower star.
Especially the smaller ones.
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