Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:03 pm

I'd need a 4 wheeler to make that trek!

Nice work on the RIL's I like how the lower one looks like he has stripes.

You must be :nutty: doing that trek on a hot day like today! :eek:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dphershman » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:46 pm

Lovely sponge formations! I don't envy that hike though.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:41 am

Bring your hiking boots :) (kidding)...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:57 pm

Okay, Jan . . . on my list is, before the end of 2011, to make it up to dive Deception Pass with you!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:36 pm

And some more from my life under the bridge :)
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Current? I don't see any stinking current ! I am busy with his lordship....
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"Red is the first color to disappear, usually at about 15 feet in clear water, followed by orange
and then yellow..."
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Crab enjoying seafood jello. I mean jelly ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby nwscubamom » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:38 am

Love the wardrobe malfunction shot!
I was surprised to see a YELLOW Irish Lord in Milton Love's new book. I'd never heard of that before, although I've seen RILs dressed in Yellow. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:09 am

Thank you Lynne, they are hard to get with a point and shoot for all the reasons you are finding out with your camera :)
In the last few days the moon phase eased up on its tidal influence, but the bridge on the north end of Whidbey
beckoned with its gravitational force - so in spite of leaky suit, I enjoyed five days of diving there.
The promised summer sun didn't materialize while I was diving, the underwater world proved to be more
colorful then the one above ..
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Wardrobe malfunction on one of the feather duster worm ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:37 pm

OMG, Jan, I can't BELIEVE you got such amazing shots of the sea angels! When I've seen them, they've always been very busily flapping away, and they can make surprising speed. These pictures are incredible!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:24 pm

What floats in the miso soup I am diving in lately
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:53 am

He does look just like a turtle in that bottle! Great fun.

I haven't seen a little red octo anywhere this year. Did Mukilteo the other night, and saw none; that was always a good place to find the little guys.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dphershman » Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:45 am

Wonderful octo shots! And the juvenile wolf eel is too cute for words. :notworthy:

Reds have been pretty elusive this year on the south end, or at least as compared to last year. Last year I found octos hiding in one particular bottle at REdondo on every dive over the course of the spring and summer. None so far this season.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Chenari » Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:59 pm

AWWWW it's so cute! I just wanna cuddle it!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:28 pm

yes, great awesome find!
The student was ready.


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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby enchantmentdivi » Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:22 pm

LOVE IT!! Beautiful!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:56 pm

Whidbey turtle :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:22 pm

Ok... totally lost me... exactly why is "octopi" no longer correct?

im so confused!
The student was ready.


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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:59 pm

Jan: You may have it wrong. As intelligent as they are attributed to be, it may be their "Having fun with Jan."
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:44 pm

Jan, the lighting on those shots is absolutely exquisite . . . bringing out the colors and textures of the animals, and making them "Pop" from the background. I just love your pictures . . . you're an artist with a camera.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby johnclark » Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:30 pm

Wow, that's so cool. I can't wait to see some of that stuff in person.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:24 pm

Finding six octopuses, octopodes or if you prefer the politically incorrect octopi all on one morning dive
is definitely fun. Unfortunately, the one time when I had three of them in the same frame, was when my
strobe was set for a close up macro and I missed it. But it was fun to watch the antics of the smaller Reds.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:10 am

Crab season is here in a full swing. Swimming out to the tire reef, passing many
traps of various designs thrown in by anxious fishermen up on the seawall :burntchef: ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:06 am

Oh, gorgeous shot of the greenling in mating colors! I still remember the first time I saw one, at the Maury Island Barges. I knew it had to be a greenling by the shape, but the color was so strange. I do think they are one of our prettiest fish, with their dark maroon and sparkles.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:28 pm

Langley Tire Reef revisited:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:45 pm

Interesting! I went back and looked at all my photos, and by those criteria, I saw a divae, too.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:27 pm

LCF wrote:Other than the egg mass, Jan, how do you tell the divae from the concinna? Your pictures look just like mine, to me.

I took the easy way out, I asked the expert :

"Because of the really long straight smooth rhinophores - I'd go with C. divae.  Dave Behrens "


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