Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby verrinne » Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:12 am

Yes but im normally looking at the ground for cool little creatures and rocks. My uncles a geologist

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:42 am

Are you one of us ? :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby verrinne » Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:36 pm

Ok

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:13 pm

No I am not biologist of anything, but I would like to play with the dolphins .
So looking at algae is what I do when nothing else shows up during my dive :)
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Postby verrinne » Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:49 pm

Jan K wrote:Little fun with algae and the internet :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:53 pm

Little fun with algae and the internet :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:52 pm

There was hope that the new stars will be more resilient. But now when I see that even the new ones dying , I am really worried. Where will the next generation come from if the new ones die off before they are old enough to spawn :(

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:56 am

You know, as I recall, the ochre stars were hit less hard and later than the sunflower stars, the first time around. I wonder if there were susceptible individuals who survived the first plague and are now getting sick, as opposed to the sunflower stars, where anything that survived was pretty resistant.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:36 am

I was hoping not to see this again, but the morbid scenes on wasting stars is reoccurring again here in Langley.
It is depressing... :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:07 am

How do you perform Heimlich Maneuver on fish ?
This youngster Copper rockfish looks like it could use it.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:35 pm

More from the two days at the Pass. 12-50mm lens on Monday, 8mm wide angle on Wednesday.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby bradmond » Sat Jun 27, 2015 12:24 am

Glad your not tired of it. Looks like you're running fast with your fins on to put out that fire. Good job.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:09 pm

Another tide cycle at Deception Pass. Still not tired of it :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:41 am

Even with fish eye lens, the plankton soup in which this swarm of Fried eggs jellies swim made it impossible to show, how large the congregation actually was. And then, as I was trying to switch mode from Manual to video, the ring on top of the camera which controls the modes fell off and the camera was stuck in "art" with no sync to the strobes and ridicules shutter speed setting.
So I got just few pictures of the jellies from that dive ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:25 am

The bad news is here. Signs of the Sea Star Wasting Syndrome are now appearing again in Langley, the only site on Whidbey with abundance of sea stars ( besides Penn Cove where only the Mottled stars thrive).
So far, Sunflower stars, still small, are the only species unaffected. At this time, vast majority of the wasting stars appear in shallower part of the harbor in depth of 10- 30 feet .
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby nwscubamom » Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:16 am

In the new REEF invertebrate monitoring program for the Northeast US & Canada, Dead Man's Fingers (Codium fragile - same species) is included. Another name for it is 'Oyster Thief' - when this plant grows on an oyster or scallop shell, (instead of the bottom habitat), it can become buoyant, and lift the oyster or scallop up in midwater, which eventually kills the mollusk. :(
It's an invasive species for their coast, and was first spotted there in 1957. It's now spread and is quite prolific, and is a pain for boat owners and beachcombers.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:11 pm

Dead man's fingers, somewhat unflattering name for an algae ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:26 am

Thanks Calvin. Somewhere I read that gooye duck was a candidate :)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tangfish » Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:22 pm

So cool, Jan! We Washingtonians need to claim a few sea creature names to play catch up, soon.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jun 14, 2015 3:01 pm

baby Oregonians entering the world at Keystone Jetty :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:48 am

Time to tend the eggs, the courtship is over, no more black fin displays, no more serenading ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:49 pm

Monday morning dive at the Pass ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:57 pm

Thank you Alex for providing the links...
So much work went into the study from which I used only a small graphic table.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:58 am

Hi Jan,

Great post & terrific photos as always!

For those interested, here are some background links:
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-new ... get-sound/ (The recent Times article)
http://www.int-res.com/articles/meps_oa/m525p153.pdf (The research paper on which the article is based)
http://www.int-res.com/articles/suppl/m525p153_supp.pdf (Data supplement to the research paper)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:23 am

The statistics from Seattle Times are quite unsettling ...
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