Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:19 pm

Wow! Predators and cannibals too. Nice little buggers. The ocean is an eat and be eaten world from the smallest to the largest of critters. Complex and yet very basic but always fascinating. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge with us.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:36 am

Thanks Dusty.
Couple of sculpin portraits from Keystone.
Or: My horns are prettier than yours ...:)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:17 pm

Another critter added to my list today :)
First the common relative :
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and the one I think is the :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:35 am

Cool, unusual find, Jan!

Going back to the cabezon, I find it difficult to believe that they only reach 23 lbs. I'm quite sure a couple of the ones which have hit me at Edmonds were MUCH bigger than that! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:54 pm

LCF wrote:Cool, unusual find, Jan!

Going back to the cabezon, I find it difficult to believe that they only reach 23 lbs. I'm quite sure a couple of the ones which have hit me at Edmonds were MUCH bigger than that! :)

Largest recorded Cabezon in California, according to their Department of Fish & Game internet site was 25 pounds. Since the Edmonds Cabezon are not fished, their weight is probably one for the record books :)

Also I am having second thought in the Spotted Swimming anemone. Although it is different from the usual common Swimming Anemone, today I found another white together with orange/tan one :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:44 am

Few more from the nice Sunday boat dives. Lingcod are sure busy with eggs these days :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:45 am

LOVE the picture of the blue mussels - wonderful composition!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:54 pm

Good luck baby lingcod ! :bday:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:40 pm

Jan, have I told you recently that I love you? Where else in the WORLD can you see these kinds of pictures and learn this kind of stuff . . . day after day after day.

I hadn't realized that ling cod lived such short lives. With the size of some of the "truck bumper" lings at Edmonds, I had sort of assumed that they had very long lives, like rockfish. Learn something every day!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:08 pm

I was told that Deception Pass North Beach will be open on March 1st. Even the
Washington State Park website says March 1. To my surprise,
there were TWO gates locked and now they tell me it will be closed till April 1st.
So I had to backtrack to Keystone instead. Why did I get up at five in the morning for ?
I was surprised to find Puget Sound King crab of that size at Keystone,
most of the time I see only the bright orange juveniles there.
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and some more common tunicates. I did not post the Pacific White Crust before:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:19 pm

Wow, that's a really unusually colored Stimson's! I love them because they are simply so pretty.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:21 pm

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:11 am

And more critters finding Orange sea pens tasty :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:22 am

Oh My Goodness!!! Amazing! All of them are awesome, but the little Striped peeking out of an Orange Sea Pen is just magical - you and the beauty of nature outdid yourself this time... :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dwashbur » Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:44 pm

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:53 pm

In the muck of Lagoon Point, I found Graceful Cancer crab munching on something.
The crab offered to share its dinner with the much larger creature, leaving the
front portion of the worm. They grow more than three feet long :eek:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:17 pm

Jan, you find the coolest things . . . but what's even cooler is that you record them and share them with the rest of us!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:17 pm

Could it be that Spring is finally here to stay? Sunday sure seemed like it.
Keystone Jetty was little silty, but the sunshine made it cheerful enough ...
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I waited and waited to see if the cleaner will show up. The Lingcod forgot it
is Sunday, day of rest for the sculpin cleaners :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:55 pm

Love the view of the rockfish up through the green water. We've had lovely green water the last couple of weeks in Seattle, but no fish in it yet.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:24 pm

Until today, I saw this critter only in the supermarket. :burntchef:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:27 am

One showed up at Redondo a few years ago. If anyone wants to continue the speculation as to where it came from I would suggest another thread so as not to hi-jack this one!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:42 am

OMG -- did you wonder if you were narced out of your skull when you saw that? What a find!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:22 pm

While having seen many lobsters while diving in New England, I saw one once on the slope beyond the late Edmonds oil pier. Upon surfacing, I told the ranger about it and although I was severly tempted, I didn't harvest it because Edmonds is a no-harvest zone. She said that I should have taken it as it was an invasive species. The local bait shack kept live lobsters along with herring and shrimp. Some Tibetan Bhuddists bought the entire lot and set them free.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:43 pm

I know they are not part of our ecosystem, but I had hard time to take picture of it as it was deep inside a crevice. When I first found it, shining my light into hole, looking for critters, the lobster backed even deeper into the hole. I knew that the only way I can get a shot is to leave for while, switch on the focusing light on my strobe with a red filter, take the strobe off the camera arm and put it along the camera to even get it all into the opening. When I saw the size of its claws, I was not about to reach in and try to grab it. I need my fingers ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:22 pm

And from the exotic back to mundane.
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Some sponges are impossible to ID from pictures. I tried. I got answer from one expert, but when I brought up
piece of the stinker, I couldn't smell anything. So maybe my nose is not up to the task or it is Whidbey No Stinker
Sponge. Just another critter to add to the long list of unidentified stuff :BDub:
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