Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby nwscubamom » Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:37 pm

You're not getting senile - you're right! Metridium senile. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:30 pm

Blaiz wrote:jan, i almost feel silly for asking, since I was there and totally missed them, but what is the fuzzy-brain-coral looking stuff near the lingcod?


SHORT PLUMOSE ANEMONE ( Metridium senile ), I think :)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:19 pm

jan, i almost feel silly for asking, since I was there and totally missed them, but what is the fuzzy-brain-coral looking stuff near the lingcod?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:25 pm

To bad it's such an expensive toy. I sure would love to have one. I bet there are allot of dive spots just waiting to be found.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:20 pm

I'm always amazed at side-scan sonar pictures! What a great way to get an overall concept of a very sprawling site.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:51 am

And not so far from the barges, perfect second dive to wrap up beautiful Sunday ...
Great weather and great company :)
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they are still small, but numerous ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:28 pm

Snapshots from Sunday dive on Hat Island barges. Or Gedney Island if you look
at a nautical chart :dontknow:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby whatevah » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:48 am

That was such a fun dive Jan - really cool to bump into you like that :) Thanks again for the photo!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:27 pm

Peter and I drove the horse trailer over the Deception Pass Bridge on Saturday, and all I could think about, looking down, was your great photos from diving there, and how much I really want to do this dive!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:55 pm

Couple days of Deception Pass colors while the world above is gray :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:39 pm

Got a hunch if he don't molt soon that camouflage might do him in.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:11 pm

Makes me wonder how it manages to move around in the currents of the Pass ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:18 pm

My favoritist nudie!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:04 pm

I neglected the Driftwood Park for years now. Maybe lack of showers and
restrooms had something to do with it, the few dives many years ago
did not impress me so I choose different Whidbey sites. The thick Bull
kelp and seaweed growth now makes nearby Keystone Jetty a very
difficult entry and exit on low tide - so I decided to check out the Driftwood
Park. Some tires and, of course, two toilets did provide enough critters to
warrant another visit in the future when the visibility improves ...
Here are some of the critters from the junkyard :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:58 pm

It still amazes me that you manage to catch all this stuff. It's either luck or just the fact that you live in the water. I think it's the later. :smt064

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:45 pm

oldsalt wrote: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. -Curt

Like this ? :)
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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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