Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:06 pm

We saw a lot of this pre-mating behavior on our dive today. I have seen a Dungeness crab carrying and attempting mate with a female red rock crab. I did not hang around to see the results. I have never heard that the two species will hybridize.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:59 am

Wow, Jan, the things you manage to catch on film! I'll say it again, this thread is an absolute treasure for anyone who is diving in the PNW!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:31 am

Why does all the neat stuff happens in the two feet visibility zone ?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:48 pm

Nice find Jan

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:22 pm

In the "Miso Soup Zone" Ochre stars contribute to the low visibility and number of sea stars ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:43 am

LOVE the expression in her eyes!

Crabs amuse me greatly -- many species seem to have subscribed to the principle that the best defense is a good offense. Which may work, except when you're only about two inches across, and the thing you are threatening is six feet tall . . .
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:05 am

What a glorious weather above the murky waters ! I enjoyed diving again
with my daughter ... These crabs are not shy and will advance towards a diver
without hesitation. This individual climbed onto her light :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:01 pm

LCF wrote:Sometimes, I'm just absolutely dumbfounded by your ability to capture gorgeous portraits of skittish subjects -- I can't IMAGINE getting a really good, clear picture of a tubesnout, except by accident!


You should see the amount of DELETE clicks while going through pictures taken trying to capture Tubesnout with my Point and Shoot camera :eek:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:20 pm

Sometimes, I'm just absolutely dumbfounded by your ability to capture gorgeous portraits of skittish subjects -- I can't IMAGINE getting a really good, clear picture of a tubesnout, except by accident!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:45 am

Nice work Jan

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:07 am

It is a long way to the water ...
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In the murky shallows, Tubesnout hordes are busy.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:47 pm

Even the usually red Three-lined aeolids are brown in this water :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:47 pm

Love the Sondheim lyrics! (One of my favorite, although very sad, songs . . .)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:02 am

Clown's not laying eggs yet, just lot of plankton soup ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:22 pm

It seems spring is in the air, or should I say water it's that time for many of the slugs from large to small. The nobels and Monterrey's, the heaths were all pairing up this week as well as shaggies, 3 lineds, cocerelli's, and quite a few others. The painted greenlings are at it as well as the helmet crabs and red rocks.

Funny thing though, I have seen many nudies with egg masses but I don't remember seeing a clown laying eggs??

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:39 pm

Oh Dusty, this was not a porn, it looked more like a dance. You are right, most slugs are not much
to look at when they pair up. I noticed that the Diamondback Nudibranch and the Clown are
showing what I could even call tenderness if we were not talking slugs. I wish I was better with
video, for it is interesting behavior. The slugs are taking time to nuzzle and wave their bodies around,
so different from other slugs I watched. For example Dironas slide by each other and in no time all one sees is
bunch of cerata just laying on the mucky seafloor, with Dendronotus you can't even tell if it is one, two or three
of them in a forest of serata... But anyway, looks like it is that time of year for Clowns :)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:10 pm

There you go with the nudie porn again! :eek:

I saw a pair this weekend at Hudson too and they really were animated like they were enjoying things. Not just laying there side by side like most nudies do. Kind of made me feel a bit naughty watching.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:12 pm

The waters are really murky these days ...
Send in the Clowns !! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Tue May 31, 2011 7:22 pm

Interesting,,,, Seems a shame. It takes forever for them to complete a cluster of eggs. I have been watching a group working for over 3 weeks on the same nests.

Must be something that likes Shaggy mouse eggs too. I have seen several fresh patches there one day and gone the next.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon May 30, 2011 4:52 pm

Who is stealing my eggs ?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 29, 2011 7:40 am

And it is Lingcod fishing/spearing season at the Pass. Not for me, I still prefer the camera.
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When I snapped picture of the speared LingI didn't see the fish inside its mouth ... :burntchef:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun May 29, 2011 5:29 am

So MUCH color! Beautiful shots, as always, Jan . . .
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat May 28, 2011 9:28 pm

LCF wrote:What is it that the Cuthonas are sitting on? I can't believe the clarity and delicacy of the polyp fingers in that shot.

Lynne, I think they are the Hedge-hog hydroids (Clavactinia milleri), here some more sights from the
last three days at the Pass, for you morning coffee break :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sat May 28, 2011 5:09 am

Oh, Jan, this is a GORGEOUS set!

What is it that the Cuthonas are sitting on? I can't believe the clarity and delicacy of the polyp fingers in that shot.

I love the proliferating anemones. They create such wonderful color on our sites.

Thank you, as always, for this morning's treat!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri May 27, 2011 5:43 pm

more from the Pass dives :
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