Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Chenari » Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:26 pm

Yeah she does still have a bit of a tummy.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:49 pm

After a long break I revisited Keystone Jetty, the visibility is still not good, plenty of silt.
I was lucky t come across a pair of Painted Greenlings. Since they were still both sexes
present at the egg mass site, I guess they were in process of adding to the clutch since
normally, only the male guards the nest... Current was picking up and I had to move on,
so I did not see what happened later ...
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It looks like the female (lighter colored) still carries more eggs .

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:13 pm

One would not count boat hulls as a prime place to look for critters, nevertheless
I found some on my exploratory dive/swim along the Lagoon Point canal. With the
price of fuel, I think I would invest in a cleaning service if I owned one of these ...
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Believe or not, I found these on the hull of one sailboat ...
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Another reason to keep an underwater eye on running gear submerged in salt water.
Some before and after pics ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:49 am

Oh, thank you for identifying the clam siphons, Jan! I love those, with their brilliant colors, but I didn't realize they belonged to the clams that make the holes in the sandstone walls. I learn something every day!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:24 pm

Few critters from the south end of Whidbey Island.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:03 pm

Well, in spite of the cold, spring must be near. At Keystone new Bull Kelp is showing
up in great numbers.. In no time it will make it difficult to swim through the shallows
into deeper water at low tide..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:57 pm

Yes, Ciona savignyi still live in the waters of Lagoon Point, but they don't seem to be
gaining on locals since I first found them. Here, they don't look all that menacing
in the company of all the other invertebrates crowding the bottom of floating docks.
While the worms, tunicates and sponges add color the scene close to the surface,
down on the muddy bottom the crabs are busy dining on the body of a dead sculpin..
These are pictures I took some years back. But since most of them were not "published"
before, I decided to redo the pages ..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby whatevah » Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:49 pm

Me too. Not fond of the invasives but Jan your photos are lovely - last few scenes are really spectacular - such a variety of warm red/brown colors in the foreground and the beautiful green background for contrast. I think I've noticed that lately you're including more of our pretty green water in your photos and I'm really enjoying it.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:51 pm

Looks like Ciona savignyi to me! :eek:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:53 pm

Homage to a shallow dive :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby nwscubamom » Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:49 pm

These guys always look like a hairy Mickey Mouse head to me. :)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:30 pm

Hairy tunicate very common on the underside of floating docks.
Hard to believe that we have common ancestors :eek:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:08 am

Oh,that's fun, Jan! We rarely get to see pictures of the photographer!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:13 pm

Couple of boat dives on Sunday.
First one on the Possession Point ferry. No current, but visibility not that good ...
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My buddy Todd obviously could not find much neither, so he took picture of me :)
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The second dive was off Camano Island. A new site marked on Todd's plotter as waypoint #55.
Our first and probably last dive here, not much to see on the short wall ..
But it is always worth checking out when something shows up on the side scan sonar. :pirate:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:44 am

I love squat lobsters -- they are such incredible improbable beasts, with their silly grins and their shameful taillessness :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:47 pm

It was a static affair - I could not wait for the outcome being depended on limited life support equipment ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:36 pm

nwscubamom wrote:Just a few comments on the last few posts -
That Opalescent nudi was almost albino - except for some midline color. Very unusual! I've seen them in many different color patterns, but not without color! Great find. Did you post that on one of the nudi forums? Curious to see if any others have seen one like that.

Wow, that Buffalo Sculpin sure does look dead! Did it move while you were taking pics? My understanding, although I've never seen it, is that they will stick out their cheek spines when they're caught and pulled out of the water. And I agree with the others - the dude should be in a trauma center. Probably managed to escape a ling cod recently. May need to go to counseling for PTLD if he manages to stay alive. (post traumatic ling disorder). :tomnic:

Also, my understanding too, is that Sculpins are not toxic, although they sure look like they should be.

Divers sure are seeing a lot of worms lately! Really great shots on the Nemertean worm with the surface of the water above it. - Janna


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The "albino" Opalescent appeared on Slugsite, and nobody commented on it, so maybe it is not that unusual :dontknow:
That Buffalo sculpin is actually a very old post, the fish was alive, but I agree, it did not look happy. ( Not that ANY Buffalo sculpins do ...
The worm encounter happened after I retrieved a long piece of plastic board from the mud and handed it back to the workers who were putting together a new dock. My guess is that it got disturbed in its mud home and tried to swim away from the commotion. I had to shoot upward, since cloud of mud was wallowing around below us ... So I was lucky to see it swimming during the day and the surface gives it different look too :)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby nwscubamom » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:31 am

Just a few comments on the last few posts -
That Opalescent nudi was almost albino - except for some midline color. Very unusual! I've seen them in many different color patterns, but not without color! Great find. Did you post that on one of the nudi forums? Curious to see if any others have seen one like that.

Wow, that Buffalo Sculpin sure does look dead! Did it move while you were taking pics? My understanding, although I've never seen it, is that they will stick out their cheek spines when they're caught and pulled out of the water. And I agree with the others - the dude should be in a trauma center. Probably managed to escape a ling cod recently. May need to go to counseling for PTLD if he manages to stay alive. (post traumatic ling disorder). :tomnic:

Also, my understanding too, is that Sculpins are not toxic, although they sure look like they should be.

Divers sure are seeing a lot of worms lately! Really great shots on the Nemertean worm with the surface of the water above it.

Interesting posts, and great photography as usual, Jan!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:19 pm

Oh, what a pretty thing!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:13 pm

Porno? I thought they are holding hands !
To take your mind off xxx nudibranchs, here is a worm which was busy swimming up
in the water column during the day ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:50 am

LCF wrote:Do we have to put an "R" rating on this thread now?


At least! I'd say more like an X rating :partydance:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:35 am

Do we have to put an "R" rating on this thread now?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:08 pm

Oh No! Nudie porn complete with close ups! :eek: :eek:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:26 pm

So two large nudibranch meet on a muddy seafloor. It was love at first sight.
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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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