Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:59 pm

No Jan, They get up to ping pong ball size. Yours is just a baby. I'm surprised you even saw him with the viz the way it's been and all that growth this time of year. As everyone sez though last winter at Redondo they were out in force. It was the only time I have even heard of a place where you could almost count on seeing at least one every time you went there.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:22 pm

Thank you all, it sure is fun to be able to add new critter to the list.
I would love to join the King of the Lumpies Bob in his Lumpsucker kingdom.
I will definitely need somebody with better eyesight to point them out for me .. :rawlings:
Are they all this small at the Dond ?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:28 am

Jan, you really need to make a trip over to the mainland next winter, and let Bob take you on a Lumpsucker dive at Redondo. You'll see a whole bunch of them, but their silly faces and ridiculous method of propulsion never stop bringing a smile to a diver's face.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby BASSMAN » Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:23 am

Whooo hooo! Congrats Jan! :bounceline: Great pictures! =D>
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:47 am

YAAAAAAY JAN!!!

I know you've been wanting to catch one of those guys for a LONG time now!!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:54 pm

Congrats Jan! Cute little dude. Extra points for getting some nice clean shots and from every angle too. I like the glowing eyes in the first two pix.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:35 pm

nwscubamom wrote: The Painted Greenling eggs are cool too - so how long do you figure before they hatch? - Janna

I will try to keep an eye on them, but Langley is not my most frequent dive site..
Today, after 1274 dives in the Pacific Northwest waters, I finally found my first Pacific Spiny LUMPSUCKER !
It was tiny and did not sport the colors and textures I enjoyed seeing on pictures taken by others here on the
NWDC forum, but I settle for this one :) It wasn't swimming around, but the kelp blade it was resting on did.
In 15 feet of water at high noon. I now can resign my membership in the "Never seen Lumpsucker Club".
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby nwscubamom » Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:25 am

Love the Quillbacks in a row, with that ol' Copper yelling at them. That was interesting stuff about their migration/site fidelity.

The Painted Greenling eggs are cool too - so how long do you figure before they hatch?

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:05 am

The Painted Greenlings just keep on laying eggs at Langley Tire Reef. I remember taking
pictures of them guarding eggs back in May.. They sure like the rusty shackles which
provide a perfect hiding place for the eggs..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:40 am

Fun cartoon on the first one, Jan!

I always love the spring, when the baby rockfish seem to congregate in any large collection of metridiums. It's as though they are saying, "Don't eat me, you'll get stung!"
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:42 pm

Thanks Dusty, yes the white spaghetti are indeed D.rufus eggs ...
And another Critter from the world of old tires - Quillback rockfish with Copper giving orders .. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:31 pm

Nice work on the rufus Jan. I like the self portrait. It give a good prospective of the size of these guys. They are one of my favorite nudies. I really like the egg masses too. They are also huge! They are the only nudie I know of that has communal egg masses. Some of them consist of the product of dozens of laying sessions by multiple slugs! like this one. Note the little strings that attach the coils to the rocks.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:36 pm

I am not doing too well on the nudibranch front lately. I did find a rather large Red Dendronotid
on one of the sunken pilings in the middle of the tire reef. Interestingly, I have never seen a small
version of this slug, I mean less then 4 inches ...
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here I tried a "self portrait" - it is a big slug ! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:55 pm

Diversacolor is a much better fit since they come in such widely varying colors and some have little or no white but popular vote just ain't going to get us anywhere. That doesn't keep us armatures from using Diversacolor as the common name though.

That little mosshead has a unique little red bush that I haven't seen before.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Greg Jensen » Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:22 pm

nwscubamom wrote:Bummer, I liked the way Dendronotus diversicolor rolled off the tongue. Why couldn't they have kept THAT name and nuked albus?? We may never know....

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In taxonomy, priority rules (and tongue rolling doesn't). D. albus was named in 1966 and D. diversicolor in 1970; since they're now considered the same, the earlier name (albus) has priority.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:41 pm

What a GORGEOUS little warbonnet!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Aug 22, 2010 6:39 pm

Blaiz wrote: We saw a seagull peck a pigeon to death at Langley today Jan... I thought of your camera, right after I thought "eewww"

So that is what I am perceived as ? Bad news paparazzi ? :)
When I arrived at the Possession Point State Park beach, the warning sign confirmed what I read in the local paper earlier -
toxic shellfish in Whidbey waters. Well firstly I collect critters with a camera, not goody bag and secondly, there are
not shellfish on the Finger's clay walls to speak off. In the murky shallows I spotted couple what I think were Padded sculpins and in the really thick miso soup a Penpoint gunnel wrapped in Sea lettuce. Only below 15 feet it opened up and I had a pleasant dive...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:30 pm

Jan K wrote:I keep coming across Lingcod with eye injuries. I see Lingcod chasing each other occasionally,
but did not witness any real fights. :violent1: Yet.


We saw a seagull peck a pigeon to death at Langley today Jan... I thought of your camera, right after I thought "eewww"
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:22 am

I keep coming across Lingcod with eye injuries. I see Lingcod chasing each other occasionally,
but did not witness any real fights. :violent1: Yet.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby nwscubamom » Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:42 pm

Bummer, I liked the way Dendronotus diversicolor rolled off the tongue. Why couldn't they have kept THAT name and nuked albus?? We may never know....

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:38 pm

Thanks Jan, I knew that the D. albus thing was in the works but hadn't had it confirmed yet. I didn't know they were doing D. frondosus though. :eek:

I am not however going back and changing all the ones on my site. :pirate:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:55 pm

LCF wrote:I had heard that they were consolidating albus and diversicolor . . . but why did they reclassify frondosus? Do you know?

From the Journal of Molluscan Studies:
" The name D. venustus is resurrected for eastern Pacific populations previously considered to be D. frondosus. Pacific D. venustus display consistent morphological and molecular differences from Atlantic D. frondosus. The molecular phylogeny presented here is not robust enough to shed light on the evolution and biogeography of Dendronotus, but preliminary evidence indicates that the Pacific species of Dendronotus are not a monophyletic group, because Arctic and Atlantic species are nested within them. "

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:41 pm

I had heard that they were consolidating albus and diversicolor . . . but why did they reclassify frondosus? Do you know?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:39 pm

And for fellow nudibranch aficionados - there is no more guessing if that little slug
is a Colorful Dendronotus or a White Dendronotus . Dendronotus diversicolor is dead.
They are all WHITE DENDRONOTUS -Dendronotus albus now.
Also no more Dendronotus frondosus in our waters. That one lives in the Atlantic Ocean.
Our slug now bears an old Mac Farland name - Dendronotus venustus...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:23 pm

and people are scared of sharks instead of these?? :p

the other night at Keystone a massively huge lingcod freaked the heck out of me. I was swimming behind Tubesnout when this great big red shadow came buzzing up from behind me to check us out. She passed beside me, dived into a rock cave and was gone before my buddy could see, but wow... big...
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