Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Greg Jensen » Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:37 am

Amazing shots! The greenling is trying to swallow him 'against the grain'-fins and spines make it very difficult for the predator unless it has a huge size advantage- so this could go either way. I suspect the greenling will have to spit him out to reposition at some point, and it will depend on whether he's beaten the sculpin senseless enough by then.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby John Rawlings » Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:38 am

Wow! Wonderful, Jan....simply WONDERFUL! How exciting to get such a shot!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dashrynn » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:48 pm

Jan your pictures are beautiful. It takes true skill to take such great photo's! I wished i could take such wonderful photos!

Also photos are nice but please reserve this section of the forum for jan's pictures. I myself have made the excited mistake of posting pictures here too and i understand. Please see this as a humble reminder and not an act of anger. Also to not blow up this thread with acts of anger, pm me with any regards to MY post.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby SeattleYates » Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:34 pm

LCF wrote:Jan, those are photo contest material, for sure. Not only did you catch something unusual, but the expression on the sculpin's face, with his little pectoral fins spread wide, really captures the drama of it.


I totally agree!! That's the kind of thing that really gets judges' attention! Fabulous capture, Jan! :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:57 pm

beyond the amazingness of the scene, your ability to get them in focus astounds me!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:23 pm

Jan, those are photo contest material, for sure. Not only did you catch something unusual, but the expression on the sculpin's face, with his little pectoral fins spread wide, really captures the drama of it.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby WylerBear » Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:40 pm

Wow! Over the years, I've gotten a few photos with tail fins sticking out or antennae but wow! Those are amazing photos!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Chenari » Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:38 pm

That... is... AWESOME!!! :joshsmith: And so many angles too! You are so darn lucky to see all this stuff and get such great shots. Last time I saw a sculpin being eaten I only got one shot.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dwashbur » Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:33 pm

Now we know at least one thing painted greenlings eat...if it doesn't escape...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:39 pm

Wow, Another awesome catch Jan. I didn't think they could open their mouths that far. Hard to feel sorry for the sculpin though cause I've watched them energetically capturing and swallowing other critters. Sometimes I feel guilty cause the fishes take advantage of my lights to seek out a meal. In the end it's just a matter of survival and just about everything down there eats other critters.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:27 pm

Painted Greenling trying to swallow sculpin. I could not see the outcome as the greenling
disappeared in the rocks of the Keystone Jetty after I found the struggling duo.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:15 pm

Stout shrimp and one with a parasite. Thanks Greg for helping out with this one ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 3:09 pm

Love the proliferating anemones. The light colored ones are so pretty

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:11 pm

Few more from the Pass :
I was waiting to see of the crab will crack the passerby, but the crab was not in hurry to
show me and the current was nudging me on :)
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This time I found couple of them hiding in barnacle shells, not easy to photograph.
Got only one of them ..
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More Deception color :
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and from the shallows :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby whatevah » Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:49 am

LCF wrote:We have seen those brittle stars in Southern California, in such enormous masses that it appears the entire surface is covered in multicolored shag carpeting. We saw some smaller aggregations in Monterey, as well, on kelp holdfasts. I've never seen them in numbers that way around here, though.


Haha! Shag carpet is a perfect analogy. I've seen that too - in the northern Channel Islands - I think those are a different species of brittle star. Actually kind of creepy - had visions of being grabbed by that writhing mass of stars.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:34 am

We have seen those brittle stars in Southern California, in such enormous masses that it appears the entire surface is covered in multicolored shag carpeting. We saw some smaller aggregations in Monterey, as well, on kelp holdfasts. I've never seen them in numbers that way around here, though.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:33 pm

wow, that irish lord sure has his fins splayed for inspection and approval doesn't he??

WONDERFUL pics yet again sir!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:45 pm

Thanks Whatevah for the report from the DEEP. Now I don't have to feel bad that I did not pursue the bottom of the pass since I am critter watcher, not antique bicycle collector :)
More from my most recent dives there :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby whatevah » Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:18 am

Rock Entodesma eh? Interesting. I never knew what they were really called - have seen them referred to as "Northwest Ugly Clams" a couple of different places though. Great photos Jan - so often they're jammed way back between rocks with only the siphons showing. In Deception Pass itself (right between Whidbey Island and Pass Island) it is only 135' to 140' at high tide. To the west of the bridge it drops into a hole around 180' deep and then shallows up significantly all the way out to Deception Island. To the east of Pass Island is a similar story - drops to about 200' and then shallows as you pass Strawberry Island and head toward Hoypus Point. One thing that is cool about the very bottom of the pass is that it is still covered in life. There is not a square inch of rock that isn't covered in colorful inverts fighting for real estate. At most other sites the inverts seem to thin out some at those depths. But Jan is right - there is nothing at the bottom that you won't also see at 85' - except maybe more bicycle frames, cut padlocks, and stainless clips from the bait boxes of long ago rusted-away crab pots.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 18, 2010 7:00 pm

LCF wrote:I love those sponges -- I find them fascinating. I've seen them at Waterman's Wall and Davidson Rock; like most sponges, it seems that they show up a little deeper at those sites. But Deception Pass isn't deep, is it?


Interesting, thanks for your observation. I found this sponge in only 25 feet of water on my way out where the kelp patch is.
As for the depth of Deception Pass, I am not the one to tell, I once went down to 85 feet, it goes down some more, but I did not find there anything more interesting then in the shallower portion which gives me more bottom time and more light too. I think that Whatevah swam across the pass from Whidbey to Pass Island, so he knows the deep portion better.. Maybe he will share his experience with us :)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:40 pm

I love those sponges -- I find them fascinating. I've seen them at Waterman's Wall and Davidson Rock; like most sponges, it seems that they show up a little deeper at those sites. But Deception Pass isn't deep, is it?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 18, 2010 1:10 pm

First time sighted Nipple sponge on Whidbey - they are more common in the San Juans ..
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these bivalves are very common at Deception Pass:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:22 pm

Interesting information on urchin diets. I knew they eat kelp holdfasts, so I assumed they were primarily herbivorous. Learn something knew every day (if you follow Jan's thread, that is!)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:21 pm

I had no idea, but these guys say so:
Ebert, TA and JR Southon 2003. Red sea urchins can live over 100 years: confirmation with A-bomb [14.sup]carbon - Strongylocentrotus franciscanus. Fishery Bulletin, 101(4): 915-922

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby nwscubamom » Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:12 pm

So the Red Sea Urchins have found the Fountain of Youth?? Pretty interesting stuff - I had no idea. Love learning new things here, thanks Jan!

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