Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 30, 2016 8:31 am

Crabs and shrimps are almost always lurking around the Crimson anemones.
When I swim by one of them, I always stop to take a closer look.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:12 am

Although the sea star wasting disappeared from the radar lately, as most divers report healthy populations, at Langley I found few still dying from this dreadful disease. :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:16 am

Although not listed as rare, this is my first find of this kelp.
Red opuntia kelp added to my list :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:58 am

Greetings,
That appears to be the egg mass of a parasitic copepod.
http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/20868
Nastily yours,
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tangfish » Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:37 pm

Definitely not a "cute" parasite!

So do you guys think that's what's going on here too?

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Saw this at cove 2 the other day.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:18 pm

Thanks Alex.
On the subject of that parasite. I just cannot call a creature which buries into another critter and eats it from inside out "cute" and definitelly not "friendly". Just my 2cents :)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:13 am

Hi Jan,
Very cool images!
I found this in the abstract of the paper describing this species - https://www.researchgate.net/publicatio ... fe-history
Members of this species are unisexual as are other members of the genus, but only females were found. An ootype and a type of accessory reproductive gland not known from other Kronborgia spp. are described, but they are probably present in other members of the genus.
BTW: Have you ever noticed that parasites are always described as "nasty"? When will we see one described as "cute" or "friendly"?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:07 am

I managed to sneak away and make one dive at Skyline, only to find dismal visibility, zero in the shallows, three feet down below thirty feet and six feet visibility in 80 feet of water. Closeup pictures was all I managed. Around the base of the Crimson anemones, number of shrimp seek their shelter, one of them afflicted with a nasty parasite.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:08 am

Closer look at Giant Pink-mouth hydroid.
These plant-like organisms (ORDER HYDROIDA) are animals. They are related to jellyfish, sea anemones and corals. All hydroids are carnivorous animals, catching prey in the water column with the aid of stinging and grappling nematocysts.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:13 pm

These turned out so beautiful!!!
It was really great diving with you both for 299!!! I'll never forget this dive. :)
Live Long And Prosper!!!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:49 pm

Some more pics from Deception Pass dive with Scubajess and Yelloweye :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:31 pm

Jan K wrote:Encounter with Wolf eel is always a nice addition to any dive. Especially with one swimming out in the open.
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... and Skyline cucumbers. If you like cucumbers, Skyline is the place ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:42 pm

Awesome stuff Jan. Lovin it!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Scubie Doo » Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:06 am

The wolfeel pages are amazing Jan. Excellent colors. I notice a yellow stripe on the tail, I've never seen that before.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:14 am

Encounter with Wolf eel is always a nice addition to any dive. Especially with on swimming out in the open.
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... and Skyline cucumbers. If you like cucumbers, Skyline is the place ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:20 am

Going through few days of friendly tide currents, courtesy of the lunar phase right between the new and full moon :luv:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:16 pm

The stars at Langley are getting sick again :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:35 pm

Green sea urchins at Keystone. Not finicky eaters, carnivore or vegan, all tastes good :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:51 am

Skyline Wall, Fidalgo Island revisited.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:02 am

Few scenes from Driftwood Park dive.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:12 am

Greg, thanks for the sculpin correction...

New species of kelp appeared at Keystone. Common elsewhere west of Whidbey, this is the first time I found it in our waters. At first I thought it was just a piece brought in by the current, but this lonely specimen is firmly anchored to the rock of the jetty by its holdfast.
It will be interesting to see if it survives and multiplies here...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Greg Jensen » Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:40 pm

The baby "great sculpin" is actually a buffalo- note the steeper profile of the face and smaller mouth. The big giveaway though is the raised row of scales on the upper part of the back.
That white adult is one strange looking beast, though.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:34 am

Curt, I hope you had a great trip, Alaska is such a beautiful state...

On recent dives, the bad visibility forces me to look for the small stuff, closer to my nose :)
Newly hatched critters inspired me to put them together with their progenitor.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Sat Jul 02, 2016 5:33 pm

Jan: I am catching up with your postings after spending the last month driving to Alaska and back. I noticed the three-spine stickleback from Driftwood Beach. My first memory of them was nearby in Cranberry Lake. This fish is also fascinating in that it lives just as well in fresh water. I don't think they let you dive in Cranberry Lake any more. I find the posting on clam siphons interesting in that you included the mahogany clam. I remember being confused seeing them, since they weren't in any of my books for the area as they had been introduced since my books were published. Always something interesting.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:39 am

The crab season opens. These are not targeted, at least not by humans ...
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