Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:45 pm

And the anemonies love them! :burntchef:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 18, 2011 4:04 pm

So what if the day begins with rain. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dashrynn » Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:44 am

LCF wrote:
And I may be strange, but I have loved ratfish ever since I saw my first one. The big, dark eyes, the gold line, and the silly pectoral fin swimming makes them absolutely endearing. They're translucent, too!


They are adorable. But if you think they are innocent you should ask blaiz about our encounter with the killer Ratfish..of doom! and some other guy here that went to a MMM and a ratfish attacked him (or fled in fear into his chest).

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:34 am

I haven't seen a dogfish in a long time . . . lucky find, Jan!

And I may be strange, but I have loved ratfish ever since I saw my first one. The big, dark eyes, the gold line, and the silly pectoral fin swimming makes them absolutely endearing. They're translucent, too!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dashrynn » Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:13 am

Jan glad you caught a picture of a dogfish! and at driftwood! Now I can finally rub it in the noses of people who said it wasn't so. Also very interesting knowledge about the dogfish. Never knew they were endangered in some areas.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:31 am

Chenari wrote:Wow, who knew even the Sea Slugs fought. Did you get to see either of them lunge?

My prescription mask is being being refitted somewhere in Chicago at this moment, so the fine details escaped
me, but it was not a friendly encounter between the two slugs.
Encounter with dogfish in murky water - easier to see, but harder to catch with a point & shoot,
for they are skittish around me ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Chenari » Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:15 am

Wow, who knew even the Sea Slugs fought. Did you get to see either of them lunge?

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:08 pm

Like the Buffalo sculpins, the Opalescent nudibranchs are all over Keystone.
I was watching these two approach each other and I was expecting the usual outcome.
In most cases, when two slugs meet, it doesn't take long to see them realign themselves
head to tail and work on the next generation of slugs. Not these two. As soon as they
touched heads, they started to fight. The jostled for three minutes before parting their ways ..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:58 pm

The one dive I've done at the pilings was like that . . . the sea floor appeared to be composed of large cobblestones, but the cobblestones had tails, and moved if you got too close to them!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:27 pm

Keystone entertainment : While some need lots of expensive gear ( divers like me ),
others get by with a minimum :)
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But if you want to see what is below the surface, gear does come in handy ...
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These days the Keystone Pilings are the convention center for the Buffalo sculpins ..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:16 pm

Look at those tiny king crabs! They are literally one of my favorite creatures I've seen in the ocean anywhere; I doubt I would spot any that small. What fun, Jan!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:58 pm

First time I found Puget Sound King crab (even if only a juvenile), at Possession Point Fingers...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:24 pm

jan, one of these days im going to grill you on photograph techniques, then follow you around on a dive so I can learn to be awesome, too! I love the full colors of the baby eels and crisp focus all along the shot!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:06 am

Couple young Wolf eels from the same dive.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:50 pm

Astounding. For an old guy you do o.k..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:55 am

Awesome Jan! I had the privilege of watching a similar get together last year but not in such detail. Lucky you. How is it you always seem to be in the right place at the right time? :notworthy:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dphershman » Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:18 am

John Rawlings wrote:Fantastic photos, Jan!!!!!

This is something that I have not seen before and I'm grateful that you shared it here with us.

- John



Yes, wonderful set of images. :notworthy:

All the little reds that I saw at Redondo last year are gone, perhaps the storms that rearranged most of the UW landscape there swept all the young red octos away.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby John Rawlings » Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:47 am

Fantastic photos, Jan!!!!!

This is something that I have not seen before and I'm grateful that you shared it here with us.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:16 pm

Another encounter with Red octopus. This time I was lucky to watch their courtship.
For over 50 minutes they touched, were very active, but did not move from their
positions, totally ignored me and my strobe, I wish I was into video ... So have to
settle for still photos ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:48 pm

you are correct, i saw langley in the pictures above and didnt check the date/location stamp. my fail :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:01 pm

Blaiz wrote:awesome find jan; i've never seen an octopus at langley, which has always made me wonder, since the place has so many tasty crabs

That octo is from Driftwood park, always check the little print on each page, there are my dive log pages:
where and when. :)
I did see GPOs at Langley few times, but you are right, for some reason, that place is not crawling with them.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Driftwood Red octo isn't the same you girls saw yesterday and your buddy
Ann took picture of.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:35 pm

awesome find jan; i've never seen an octopus at langley, which has always made me wonder, since the place has so many tasty crabs
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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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