Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:20 am

And wrapping up the Deception Pass dives with munching Monterey dorids :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:36 am

From the sanitation department ....
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:58 pm

Wow -- I don't think I've ever seen one of the black leather chitons before, or at least I haven't recognized it. I'll have to keep an eye out! Thank you, as usual, Jan, for the education.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:09 pm

oldsalt wrote:Jan: Right now I am looking at the sun setting over Whidbey Island. You don't have it so bad. Nor do I.
- Curt

Curt, you are right. It could be worse ...
At least we are still diving :supz: :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:44 pm

Jan: Right now I am looking at the sun setting over Whidbey Island. You don't have it so bad. Nor do I.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 16, 2011 1:41 pm

Four dives in a row at Deception Pass provided nice diversion from the
weather we are having this year. Lately I feel like the cucumber....
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:24 am

Wow -- love the shot of the anemones on the leafy hornmouth. What a find! I love the brooding anemones for their spectacular color. I remember doing Whale Rocks last year and just reveling in the brightness, where they were just covering the rocks.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:39 pm

more creatures from the Pass, this one with a name that spells it all out :)
This sand worm isn't probably too mobile ..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:07 am

Wow Awesome shots Jan! Especially that last one. Thanks for posting these beauties. I never see them in this color. Most I see are green or blue/green.

Wish I was fit enough to dive that awesome site.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby MorningDiverBob » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:53 am

Great Pictures !!!! I like it.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:40 am

Thanks Dusty. The Pass is such a rich environment for invertebrates ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:08 pm

Wow another cool find. Strange looking thing when it's all humped up like that. You sure do have a knack for finding the unusual.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:00 pm

Visit to Deception Pass
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:57 pm

Hmm . . . interesting looking creature. I saw a bunch of ascidians today that were unfamiliar to me, and looked something similar, but of course, the only camera I had was the one in my mind.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:14 pm

Thank you very much for your kind words, I am glad that Whidbey Critters still matter to
some of local divers, for it is harder and harder to come up with pages with photos that
don't bring up a sigh "or no, not another Lingcod picture !" kind of response...
I am happy to add yet another new to me critter - Speckled Compound Ascidian. At first
I thought it is a sponge (they are really hard to ID), but I got help from Gretchen Lambert
who helped me to correctly identify this. And she should know. She described it for the
first time few years ago and named it after her grandson ! How cool is that.
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I hope to meet you, critter enthusiasts, at the Tacoma Expo, I will be again helping out at the
Whidbey Island Dive Center booth...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:24 pm

Jan, for all the years you have been posting these pages, I have never lost one bit of delight in looking at them. Nobody else anywhere does the kind of blending of photography and artwork that you do, and with the educational bits as well, this thread is an absolutely, priceless treasure. Don't ever stop!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:32 pm

Pretty, Like delicate little flowers.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:41 pm

Another critter which doesn't run away when you hit the shutter on your point & shoot camera :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:55 pm

Thanks Jan, I only see them in white too. I did find a photo online of yellow ones from Cal.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:55 am

Dusty2 wrote:Question Jan, What are the little white cobra looking things that are in the first and last picture?


They are the Yellow Social ascidians, I never seen one yellow, so I don't know why they are called that. Quite common
here at Keystone Jetty.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:28 am

Question Jan, What are the little white cobra looking things that are in the first and last picture?

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:04 am

Wading into the world of difficult to ID tunicates. I consulted a tunicate expert
and was told:
"I think your IDs may be correct on the Ritterellas (the others are fine)
but to be sure I would have to examine some zooids."
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:26 am

Even a hermit needs love :luv:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:01 am

Rockfish at Keystone are having babies!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Greg Jensen » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:17 pm

The way I'd always heard it was that a botanist was put in charge of caring for it.
'Nuff said.


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