Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 24, 2011 8:30 pm

It is sooooo much easier to find white large slugs :)
Like if they are lit from within ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon May 23, 2011 9:46 pm

Thanks, they are little spooked critters indeed, but in some locations not as shy as in others...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Mon May 23, 2011 7:24 am

Jan, those are beautiful photographs, and I'm SOOOO envious! I try and try and try to get pictures of tubeworms (they're small and can't leave, so they're perfect subjects for me) but I can't ever get close enough without having them retract. Very nicely done!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sun May 22, 2011 10:23 pm

Beautiful Shots Jan, Both the Janlous and the worm shots. That new camera is working out great!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 22, 2011 9:25 pm

Dismal visibility this morning - so I look for colors in worms :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 15, 2011 1:11 pm

Speaking of not "sexy" creatures, the Spaghetti worm fits in that category quite well..
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The Bicolored nudibranch on the other end is object of many of the underwater photographer
and critterwatcher :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri May 13, 2011 5:44 am

Thanks for the good wishes, Jan! I'll be lucky, if I find anything exciting, if the photographs even render it RECOGNIZABLE :)

LOVE the Stimpson's sea star pictures. They are one of my favorite things to see, with their lovely colors. I really enjoy the fact that you photograph and put up not just the "sexy" creatures of the Sound, but the ordinary ones, and remind us that we should be enjoying them, too.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu May 12, 2011 3:38 pm

No Rick, nobody found your piece of gear. Yet.

Lynne, I am glad that you too picked up camera and started to record some of the sights from our sometimes murky but always beautiful underwater world. It is rewarding although at times frustrating endeavour (at least for me), but don’t be discouraged, you will get more accustomed to the changing lighting requirements, nice thing about digital, it doesn’t cost the money developing film used to, and you got more then 36 exposures per dive to work with. What I am looking forward is to see what you will find on your dives. Since you dive so often, there is very good chance that you will be able to record something new, something none of us seen or knew was even happening in the marine world. As you know, being there is the most important thing....
And be prepared that there are good photo days and bad ones... I just returned from Keystone and I have nothing to show for it. One of my strobes was giving me hard time, the water was filled with silt, nothing was going right. But just couple days ago, I had nice dives at the Pass and so it goes. I am looking to see your ” Puget Sound Critters” site ! Good luck !

Here are some more scenes from the Pass :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Wed May 11, 2011 10:00 pm

Jan, I am so glad to see you back in the water, both because I'm happy for YOU that you can dive again, and because I have missed your images.

Having recently picked up a camera and begun the long process of learning to make images anyone would want to look at, I have an even deeper appreciation for the skill and artistry that goes into your shots. Never stop posting them!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Norris » Wed May 11, 2011 1:07 pm

Any of them find a light arm with a CK on it???

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed May 11, 2011 11:54 am

It was good get back in water, first dives after prolonged misery of some
kind of cold I managed two dives at my favorite Whidbey spot.
I didn't find any new critter, did not record anything unusual, it was
just the sheer pleasure to be underwater ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:21 pm

Thank you all for the positive feedback... Since I cannot dive (cough, cough),
at least I search the seashore for inspiration ...
I received another take on the whale demise via e-mail:
"Crazy, the whale dies and the other 10,000 creatures go with it"

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:22 pm

Jan: Another great post. Just minutes ago, I was watching four gray whales feeding near Hat Island (Gedney island). All larger organisms, whales, trees, humans, serve as hosts to a large number of species that normally go unnoticed. I heard a nematode specialist brag that if you could remove every living thing but nematodes, he could reconstruct the biosystem based upon the species specific nematodes present. I watched the grays rubbing against a rocky beach for a couple of days at LaPush. Poor barnacles. I was excited about meeting you and Maria last Saturday.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby nwscubamom » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:21 am

I'm glad you went back to check out the barnacles and the whale lice. Really fascinating stuff about them burrowing into the skin (creepy crawly icky too!). I remember when our kids got lice in elementary school - EWWWW! I'd hate to be a whale with the size of these monster lice!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby John Rawlings » Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:56 am

Jan, this thread is such a marvelous treasure! I always am learning something new from it.

Thanks so much for making NWDC the "home" of this never-ending source of knowledge and education about our waters.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:33 am

As I was reading up on the Gray whale, which appeared in my neighborhood under a rather
sad circumstances, I came upon an interesting bits of information about two critters closely
associated with the gentle giant. Since the chances that I could get a closer look at these
while the whale is alive and well, I took the opportunity to take a second look at dead whale
and indeed I found what I was looking for. The Gray whale barnacle and the Gray whale lice
which make the giant their exclusive home. I always thought that the barnacles I see on
swimming whales in the wild are the ordinary ones, that grow on pilings and rocks. Not so.
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One of the barnacles on the beached is still alive, sixteen days after being stranded ...
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Not many of the Gray whale lice remain, I guess they would get picked by birds fast ...
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So far, there are not many scavengers visible around the site, Sunday I saw few eagles
on nearby trees, crows and seagulls are not interested, no crabs ... I will try to visit
the whale time to time and see how it progresses. I will keep you posted...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:28 pm

Sad but inevitable. As you say it is a fact that all that lives must die and it's a sign of our humanity that we care.

I hope that someone follows through and tells us why this mighty creature starved.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:21 pm

It's sad to see the ending of something, even though we all end. No food in the digestive tract sounds to me as though she either had major mouth problems or was ill. Eating is a pretty basic drive; if something is not eating, it is either fairly sick or physically cannot eat.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:53 pm

What a gorgeous weather. And I am sick... Cough kept me now out of water for the whole sunny week
and now the rain is returning. And I am still coughing :(
I had a sad encounter on local beach - Gray whale was found dead two weeks ago. Only today
I managed to see her - I wish I could see her before she got all cut up ...
I have mixed feelings about posting this, but death is part of life and she ended on my home
island, so I call her yet another of my Whidbey Critters ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:46 pm

Love that orange hydroid! I've never seen anything like that; I'll have to keep my eyes open.

Jan, the job you do of blending photography above and below the water with artwork is truly unique.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:27 pm

Probably not much hope of him sticking around. I see allot of them from the bright orange new comers to the purple just beginning to change to brown stage but then they disappear. Don't know where they go but I have never seen an adult at Hudson.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:28 pm

Keystone Pilings revisited, rather sparse as far as fish are concerned.
And low tide entry is becoming harder due to the new Bull Kelp crop ...
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I would say that the pilings here are not too poisonous to the marine life
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The Sharpnose crabs like the company of anemones, Keystone oranges and whites,
Deception Pass the pink. And to protect themselves from the stinging, maybe the sponge coat comes handy :)
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Hordes of these little slugs foraging on hydroids
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I hope this young one will take up residence at Keystone ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby archaeofish » Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:24 am

After seeing your latest post I'll never look at a Monterey dorid the same way again - they will forever be known as the Spongebob munchers!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:20 am

And wrapping up the Deception Pass dives with munching Monterey dorids :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:36 am

From the sanitation department ....
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