Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:27 pm

wow cumanotis, new critter very pretty!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:40 pm

From the muddy bottom of Lagoon Point:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:17 pm

In spite of the gloomy weather above, life beneath the waves goes on.
Kelp greenling courtship dance :luv:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Greg Jensen » Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:43 pm

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LCF wrote:Keystone is the only place I've ever seen butterfly crabs, and I've seen them there several times, but never with a bright stripe down the middle of the carapace like the ones in your pictures, Jan. That's cool!


Maybe Greg can say yeah or nay to this. I have seen a few of these and I'm thinking that it has something to do with molting. These guys split right down the middle where the line is when they molt??


Has to be a 'nay'- nothing to do with molting. All crabs back out of their old molt, with the split occurring where the rear of the carapace meets the abdomen.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:42 pm

White-lined dironas are plentiful now at Lagoon Point. Wandering along the muddy bottom
meeting some interesting critters, trumpet and sapsucker among others...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby nwscubamom » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:24 am

Oh my goodness! I saw the very same thing with the Ling Cod up off Vancouver Island in October! I know we're not supposed to post our pics on your thread Jan, but check this out!

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I thought it was just something weird with that ONE fish - but your photo makes me think it's more than that...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:04 am

LCF wrote:Keystone is the only place I've ever seen butterfly crabs, and I've seen them there several times, but never with a bright stripe down the middle of the carapace like the ones in your pictures, Jan. That's cool!


Maybe Greg can say yeah or nay to this. I have seen a few of these and I'm thinking that it has something to do with molting. These guys split right down the middle where the line is when they molt??

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sat Dec 04, 2010 11:55 pm

Maybe that's part that sticks out of his cave and he got a tan! :rofl: Nice catch though to get it from two angles.

Seriously maybe it's a sexual change thing. I know that the females tend to be much darker and that some fish do change sexes as they mature?? Guess we have to hope Greg knows.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:49 pm

OK, maybe the Lingcod didn't get its black eye this way, but I can't find explanation anywhere... :dontknow:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:59 am

lol no i dont expect all on one dive, but that's a couple year's worth of collage photos at least

so far ive seen two butterfly crabs in six months, so your dozen or more.....
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:48 am

Keystone is the only place I've ever seen butterfly crabs, and I've seen them there several times, but never with a bright stripe down the middle of the carapace like the ones in your pictures, Jan. That's cool!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:22 pm

Blaiz wrote:nice collection indeed! and here I get all excited to find ONE crab

I hope you don't think I saw all of them on one dive ? It is usually ONE crab once in a while scenario ...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:38 pm

nice collection indeed! and here I get all excited to find ONE crab
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:58 pm

Wow! Nice collection. Amazing how many different colors and combination's there are. I like the black one with pink wings

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:32 pm

As I said, plenty of Butterflies around the rocks of Keystone Jetty ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby nwscubamom » Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:19 pm

Love it!! Totally looks like Darth Vader's helmet and cape. And thanks for the side-by-side on the umbrella vs. butterfly. I always get those confused on those.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:41 pm

Thank you Val for your kind words, I am glad you enjoy my take on our critters ...
I find many more Butterfly crabs then I do Umbrellas.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Zen Diver » Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:29 pm

Jan, your work continues to fill me with awe and wonder. You're amazing. :joshsmith:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:49 pm

The Whitespotted greenling is still guarding the eggs, most of the Bull kelp is now gone from
the vicinity ofthe eggs. I sure hope they will hatch successfully. Still no eyes showing..
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Leopard sure fits this nudibranch's name ..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:32 pm

why do I feel lately like the jellyfish ? :questionmarks:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:47 pm

I really like those two red dendronotid pix. Really tough guys to get a good shot of.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:38 pm

This shrimp was not so lucky ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Nov 07, 2010 4:51 pm

Squat lobsters are one of my very favorite things for photographers to record -- they have those permanent "happy face" smiles, which I can't see through my mask, but show up so nicely in pictures.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:03 pm

some more from the walls of Possession Pt. Fingers :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby DonGeorge » Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:02 am

Cutest picture ever! ;-)


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