Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:20 am

Lurking among the tires:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:46 am

Thanks Dusty,
Few more shots from the same dive at Langley Tire Reef:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:02 pm

Awesome photos! You always come up with the unusual shots. I love the color and lighting on them all. Tough little buggers to get good photos of. Two thumbs up on these. :supz:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:35 pm

PapaZ wrote:Jana,
Great photos of the Cnidarians. You really put together great picts.
Nasty nematocysts on the Lion Mane's, but are the ones on the 'egg yolks' a problem to humans?
Also, what is the 'latest' from the medical guru's for treatment of the Lion Mane stings to us?
Happy Independence Day to you, PapaZ :bye:

Hi PapaZ. I am glad you like the pictures. Just to set the record straight. Janna is the REAL Critter Watcher
and expert. I am Jan, graying diver :)
Egg Yolk jelly stings are not problems to humans as far as I know.
Here is what the latest remedy suggests for the much nastier sting by the Lion's Mane ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby PapaZ » Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:40 pm

Jana,
Great photos of the Cnidarians. You really put together great picts.
Nasty nematocysts on the Lion Mane's, but are the ones on the 'egg yolks' a problem to humans?
Also, what is the 'latest' from the medical guru's for treatment of the Lion Mane stings to us?
Happy Independence Day to you,
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:59 am

Cool photos, Jan!

I always laugh at the egg yolk jellies caught by the metridiums in Cove 2. Sometimes there are so many that they look like a fireman's breakfast!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:43 am

Be careful out there ! There is danger in those murky waters ..
Have a great Fourth of July .
And keep an eye on those long stingy things trailing behind those jellies - like the Lion's mane :eek:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dwashbur » Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:26 am

That last one made me want to start chanting: "Rockfish and ratfish and greenlings, oh my! Rockfish and ratfish and greenlings, oh my!" Great pix as usual.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:15 am

Admiralty Inlet's DRIFTWOOD PARK revisited.
Added new fish to my list, not a good picture as it darted around the current stirred
kelp blades and floating plankton, but until better shot comes along, this has to do..
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Wolfie is always a welcome sight on a dive ...
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Rockfish, ratfish and greenling also find home around the tires ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:08 pm

This is one mean hombre. Watch out sea pen !
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:35 am

What perfect timing (and lovely photos of rather challenging critters to photograph)! The ascent from our dive last night was FULL of jellies -- gooseberries, comb jellies, and dozens of these medusas. It always makes the dive richer to know something about the animals one is admiring; thank you, as always, Jan.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:44 am

I didn't know that...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:40 am

LOVE IT, Jan! We have ALL had those dives -- for me, especially in the winter, which I call the season "when the viz is great, and there is nothing to see in it" :).
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:56 pm

It was one of those dives ....
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby diverden » Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:37 pm

Wow, I can't get over those Deception Pass shots. I need to get me there! Thank you!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:43 pm

Thank you Lynne.
I am envious, you dived my favorite California site - Farnsworth Bank !
I didn't have strobe for my Nikonos camera back in 1971 so I have nothing to show for it. But my
memories are still good. I dove it again in 2002 with my daughter, and I was busy keeping an
eye on her so although I clicked here and there, nothing great. But I noticed that all the lost
fishing nets that used to hang over the walls in the old days were now gone. We did not fight any
bad current, needless to say ...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:56 pm

Having just spent three days in the Channel Islands, making inept use of a camera, I come back to this thread even MORE amazed at the exquisite artistry of the photographs and the cartoons. Jan, you're a treasure!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby H20doctor » Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:45 pm

Good to see you at keystone jan.. I got some great footage of all the black rockfish in the pilings ..

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:07 pm

Wrapped up dives at Deception Pass and now moving south - Keystone Pilings
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:22 am

Curt I was happy to finally show her what I consider the best dive spot on our home island.
Too bad that she now lives away and we don't dive together much.
Anyway, I sneaked fourth dive in this week at the pass, but it proved to confirm the
unpredictable nature of diving here. The visibility went from 15 - 20 feet from day
before to very, very silty five feet. And the current did not turn the whole dive, even
25 minutes after the predicted slack, I was swimming into the flooding current, although
it did slowed down considerably. So it was time to shoot critters not too distant from the
camera lens...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:46 pm

Jan: I always check your postings, often several times. "Honey, you have to come and look at this." To be able to dive in such a wonderful spot is a blessing, but to be able to do it with your daughter pegs out the meter. Thanks again.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:38 am

Thanks Dan. Too bad the pass doesn't offer more opportunities for a shore dives ...
Maybe that is why I jump in on every chance I get. It helps tthat I live here :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dphershman » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:47 am

lovely shots from Deception Pass... I've got to get up to Whidbey again sometime! But currents on weekends have not been all that great the last few months :-(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:28 pm

It looks like there will not be favorable current situation at Deception Pass until September,
so I took advantage of this week's window of opportunity to dive my Whidbey favorite.
And although the visibility wasn't that great especially in the early morning on Monday,
the only day my daughter could get away from her work - we had good time ... No new
critters or new behavior witnessed, but it was Maya's first time there :supz:
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