Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:35 pm

At first I thought it was a piece of long red string ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Greg Jensen » Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:02 pm

Maybe this one hung out with one Amphissa too many, and ended up sleeping with the fishes?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:30 am

Thanks Dave,
And from the underwater chapter of "It's a dog-eat-dog world" book - snapshots from the life of
Morning Sun Star - critter with lovely name and terrible reputation ....
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As for the Wrinkled Amphissa aka wrinkled dove snail presence at the star dinner -
maybe it was homing in for a free meal instead of being part of the menu...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dwashbur » Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:24 pm

Fascinating! I've seen those things from time to time but thought they were just juvenile Oregon tritons. May this thread continue forever!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Aug 09, 2010 6:08 pm

Thanks. Here is another critter with interesting lifestyle ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby SeattleYates » Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:48 am

Blaiz wrote:Jan, I took my son to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium today, and noticed that several of the fish in the big tank there have that popeye thing going. If I hadn't seen your post/picture on it, I would have had No Clue about what I was seeing. More kudos for your education-ating me!


I agree! I've seen that on numerous fish in the wild, and never new what it was.
Speaking of which, the Marty Feldman comparo is abso-friggin'-lutely hilarious! :roll:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Sun Aug 08, 2010 12:02 am

Jan, I took my son to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium today, and noticed that several of the fish in the big tank there have that popeye thing going. If I hadn't seen your post/picture on it, I would have had No Clue about what I was seeing. More kudos for your education-ating me!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:43 pm

Thank you all for your input in the now continuing saga of "How to transform Island Critters into printed form" .
Meanwhile, my quest of learning more about the Lingcod cleaning continues in the murky waters of Keystone.
For en minutes I waited to see if any sculpin does show up for work. One Longfin skirted around the waiting Lingcod who advertised for the cleaning job by keeping its mouth wide open. No cleaning was performed this time.... :dontknow:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dwashbur » Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:41 pm

I don't see why a professional coffee-table-book publisher wouldn't be interested in picking up such a book and paying Jan royalties for it. The quality is certainly there, and a "real" publisher would be able to do a lot more marketing. I'm just sayin'...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby SeattleYates » Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:27 pm

LCF wrote:Sea of Light
Mr. Salas did it. He took advance orders until he had enough to pay for the first printing, and less than six months after he began taking them, the book was out.


Great idea! And let me throw one more idea out there (and then I'll leave it alone so this wonderful thread doesn't get totally hijacked!). If you don't think a book is feasible, consider doing calendars! They're far cheaper to produce, and you can sell them for $20-25, which is about the same as most books! I did that a few years ago (you can see mine at http://www.underwaterreflections.com/gallery/1749596) - my company paid to have 800-1000 produced at $5-6 apiece as I recall, and after recouping the cost, I netted over $12,000 for the charity I was supporting! Your stuff would be perfect for that because you come out with great new stuff each year, so PNW divers would buy them year after year (I'd buy half a dozen as gifts for friends)! I had mine produced at http://digi-labs.net/pricing.shtml. I'd be happy to discuss that with you offline if you're interested (NOW is the time of year to be doing it) - PM me! Bottom line: I think it's a shame that your stuff doesn't have a bigger audience, and I'll bet if everyone here put their heads (and personal contacts) together, we could remedy that problem... ;)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:14 pm

Yes, I've given copies of Jan's prior small books to any number of folks, and whether or not they were divers, they have all though they were wonderful. In fact, a horseback riding friend of mine in Eastern Washington, who has never been diving and has no desire to do so, keeps the book on her coffee table for friends to admire!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:09 pm

I bought one of the few copies my LDS had of one of Jan's books to take to my parents. They are pretty thrilled with it (they aren't sea-people so don't really have any idea of what I mean when I describe fishies to them), and even asked me for the address of this thread!

More books of Jan's stuff would be a wonderful plan imo! Sign me up.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:48 pm

There has to be an entreprenurial (sp) book seller that would know the process - Hope Lynne's suggestion works.

Distribution would be key - message board orders and word of mouth and a booth at the expo would move a thousand or so, but I'm betting Jan's work would sell in book shops in the area as well, greatly increasing it's audience.

And, my apologies in advance Jan for any over eager planning of a future you may or may not desire!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:36 pm

Sea of Light

Mr. Salas did it. He took advance orders until he had enough to pay for the first printing, and less than six months after he began taking them, the book was out. And it's beautiful. And Mr. Salas told me he would be MORE than happy to talk to you, Jan, about what he did and how he did it.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:48 pm

Well, I don't know what to say.. Coming from a photographer of your caliber, it is more then just a compliment. I am glad that my diving obsession is making also other appreciate what our waters have to offer. However, I have no experience with publishing and when I peeked into the possibility to get something printed so it doesn't cost arm and leg, I found that one has to order thousands of copies and I am afraid, there just isn't market for that many... As I said, I don't know anything about the business end of it ... Thank you for your kind words, of course I am always open to suggestions. Meanwhile, I keep on diving :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby SeattleYates » Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:13 pm

LCF wrote:Yes -- I keep telling Jan he needs to put a bunch of these educational pictorials together in book form as a guide to Emerald Sea marine life!


Amen! :joshsmith:

Jan, I realize that there probably isn't a big enough market for a book like that to pay for printing and make much money, if any. But I'll bet a lot of people in the dive community around here would donate a little to help pay the publishing costs just to see your work more widely recognized - I'd gladly pitch in 50 bucks - and to then buy a copy after it came out! In fact, maybe you could say everybody who "donated" a certain amount ($50?) towards publishing would get a copy free when you'd raised enough for the first printing! And every dive shop in the PNW (and perhaps some other businesses as well) would probably pay $100-$200 to have a small mention (with phone number, address, website) included in a few "sponsors" pages at the front! Finally (while I'm brainstorming out loud here), you could form a 501c3 charity, to use any profits for local marine protection, etc., and that would encourage all kinds of people to donate (I'd increase my donation to 100 bucks!) because it'd be tax deductible AND be supporting a good cause. That all might give you enough to get a few thousand copies printed, and I'm SURE every dive shop in the PNW would carry them for sale! Just a thought or two on how to finance the first printing...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:32 pm

Yes -- I keep telling Jan he needs to put a bunch of these educational pictorials together in book form as a guide to Emerald Sea marine life!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby SeattleYates » Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:16 pm

Whoa! I just discovered this thread (being brand new to this site), and it's a GOLD MINE! :notworthy: I'll spend many hours pouring over the pages, and I'm sending the link to several friends. Frankly, it should be required reading for anyone serious about PNW diving - a wealth of information, and your artwork makes it a joy to read! Bravo, Jan! :supz:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:23 pm

75th Anniversary of the Deception Pass bridge. Although I could not dive it on the exact date,
three days later is better then never :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:21 am

Interesting information about the feeding, Jan. Peter and I have asked one another repeatedly, "What eats nudibranchs?" and other than Navanax, we didn't have an answer.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:11 pm

We were looking for the Gedney Island Wall but found only a sandy slope, small clay wall in 100 FSW.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:32 pm

So cool...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:32 pm

Thank you all, I am glad that you still enjoy the pages, it seems like there is not much new to report,
but so far, I still love to dive and although it is harder and harder to add new critters to my list, I keep
on trying ....Yesterday I spent lots of time waiting for the Lingcod to open its mouth and let me witness
some more of the cleaning action I was lucky to see last year.. It did not happen. Maybe next time...
And so it goes... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:35 pm

Jan, every time I see you I tell you how much I'm enjoying your pictures, but you should probably know that I just went through and read every single post on these 39 pages! Absolutely Amazing! I've learned tons already, Please keep it coming!!

edit: come to think of it, that's really not a JUST went through, it took me a good 11 or 12 hours! :supz:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Zen Diver » Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:43 pm

Catching up on your thread is always a joyful pleasure Jan, thank you!

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