Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:49 pm

Although visibility is not living up to "winter is better" reputation, the critters are
still around to enjoy.. Outing with my daughter at Keystone ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby gutholmj » Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:57 pm

Jan K wrote:Nudibranch egg roll :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:52 pm

"Face Palm" ...just realized where the "Buffalo" came from in Buffalo Sculpin. Doh...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:45 pm

Tom Nic wrote:Is it just me, or does that Buffalo Sculpin look like it's in REAL bad shape? ...and I don't mean just the ugly.

It looks to me like it could use those spines to keep from getting swallowed, and the skin on that thing looks terrible, like he's been partially digested. It kind of reminds me of my cat after it's had a run in with a big dog - hair stuck every which way, stiff as a board, hissing and spitting at anything (including me) that get's near it, so full of kitty adrenaline that it takes it 5 minutes to get sorta "normal" (though we are talking cat normal).


Looks like it's on it's last legs to me, if not already dead?

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:27 pm

Is it just me, or does that Buffalo Sculpin look like it's in REAL bad shape? ...and I don't mean just the ugly.

It looks to me like it could use those spines to keep from getting swallowed, and the skin on that thing looks terrible, like he's been partially digested. It kind of reminds me of my cat after it's had a run in with a big dog - hair stuck every which way, stiff as a board, hissing and spitting at anything (including me) that get's near it, so full of kitty adrenaline that it takes it 5 minutes to get sorta "normal" (though we are talking cat normal).
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:47 pm

Jan: Years ago I took a series of ichtyology courses in the San Juans. We studied several venomous fish, but I can find no reference to toxins in the sculpin. They are just ugly, except to mama sculpin.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:40 pm

Just another dive at Langley :partyman:
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Re: Buffalo Sculpin

Postby Jan K » Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:30 pm

kcamfield wrote:Are they poisonous? They look like a stone fish.


Maybe somebody can enlighten us. I did not find anything in my books about
Buffalo sculpin being poisonous. Just avoid the spines, like everything sharp,
if they puncture your flesh - it will hurt :)
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Re: Buffalo Sculpin

Postby kcamfield » Sun Jan 16, 2011 11:08 am

Are they poisonous? They look like a stone fish.


Jan K wrote:After seeing hundreds of Buffalo Sculpins, this is the first time I found one with spines erected. It was not reaction to my presence, the "horns" were up when I spotted it many feet away...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:30 am

That is an awesome looking opalescent. I've never seen one that had that lack of coloration. You have a talent for finding unusual specimens. Keep up the good work. I love your posts.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dwashbur » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:54 pm

Looks like a common earthworm???? Maybe dropped by a fisher-person?

I've seen dozens of H. crassicornis swarmed over a dead egg yolk jelly. It's quite amazing.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:35 pm

I don't know if the slug was eating the worm, but the Opalescent nudibranchs are
known to eat lots of different inverts.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:48 am

Interesting! Next time I see two together like that, I'll have to scout around for the egg mass.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:33 am

Nice! Work Jan, That certainly is the brooding center for RIL's I have never seen so many so close together. They have to be the kings of camouflage. So tough to see. :notworthy:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:12 am

Thank you for kind words. Chenari, Whidbey is not that far. With your eagle eyes,
you will probably find many more :)
Made two dives at Possession Point Fingers and found plenty of Red Irish Lords,
some guarding eggs. It was nice to see that females do take part in guarding
the egg masses, unlike the Lingcod or Kelp Greenlings I see around..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Chenari » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:01 am

Awwwww Luuuuuckyyyyyyy. We've only ever seen one and we had to go to Canada for that one, lol.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:04 pm

Love the viking cartoon! It really works for those little guys.

They have probably been around all year but they were just to small to see. Now that they are a little bigger and you have noticed them you will probubly see lots more. They started out at PT last spring as tiny little guys and are at the yearling stage now. I sure love the colors they are showing off now!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:51 pm

OOh! OOh! Puget Sound King crabs! I have GOT to get up to Keystone, SOON!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby airsix » Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:08 pm

Wow, Jan! Your posts here are always great, but the last several are really top notch. =D>
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jan 08, 2011 4:57 pm

Thank you Lynne, hope your day is better now :)
On the same dive, I found SEVEN Puget Sound King crabs. OK, maybe not invasion,
but I never saw this many here before.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:55 pm

Oh, what a lovely gift to receive at the end of a truly awful work day . . . TWO new posts on this thread! I had never thought about the direction of spiral of nudibranch eggs, but as I haul up my memories, they ARE counterclockwise . . . what people will notice, and try to sort out!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:50 pm

Nudibranch egg roll :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:21 am

I found this Red Irish Lord clinging to a rock only by spotting the eggs it is guarding.
Well camouflaged, I think ...
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It will be not long for new generations of lords, hopefully many will survive and beautify the Ol' Langley Tire Reef :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:05 pm

Merry Christmas Jan, and thank you for making mine bright!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby nwscubamom » Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:56 pm

What he said. Merry Christmas, Jan, to you and your family!

You are one interesting fella!

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