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by Tidepool Geek
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: New flatfish e-book
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: New flatfish e-book

Hi Greg,

Thank You!!! It seems like every other I.D. reference assumes that you're looking at a freshly dead fish in a lab. Doing this for the field observer is just terrific!

Appreciatively yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Some form of plankton?
Replies: 1
Views: 258

Re: Some form of plankton?

Hi Derek,

I've always called them Disk Diatoms. There are probably multiple species, but that's way beyond my pay grade.

Algally yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4023
Views: 361820

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Hi Jan, Your photography is always terrific, but you've outdone yourself with that image of nudibranch eggs - incredible detail! Plus, I always enjoy seeing photos of things named for the wrong color; like the yellow "White Nudibranch" or a purple "Ochre Star" or a yellow/green &...
by Tidepool Geek
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: The Pyrosomes may be returning
Replies: 0
Views: 326

The Pyrosomes may be returning

Greetings,

I just came across this article from April 12:
http://katu.com/news/local/the-invasion ... el-mystery
Something to look for in the coming months.

Luminously yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Mixotroph article
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Re: Mixotroph article

Hi Waynne, Scientific American seems to keep their newer articles behind a pay wall; the link to this article leads to a very short "preview": https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tiny-creatures-part-plant-and-part-animal-may-control-the-fate-of-the-planet/ Not so with at least some ...
by Tidepool Geek
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4023
Views: 361820

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Hi Jan,
Great images as always but I also want to thank you for digging up all that background information.
Appreciatively yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4023
Views: 361820

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Hi Jan,

I'm looking forward to what you learn on this.
I'd also be interested in how the study itself came to be. Did you reach out to UBC about the disease or were they already working on it?

Contagiously yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Orange Sea Pens, Flabellina verrucosa, and Other Predators
Replies: 12
Views: 1202

Re: Orange Sea Pens, Flabellina verrucosa, and Other Predators

Hi Tom,

Terrific observations and images!

I thought you might be interested in this article on the life history of Sea Pens:
http://ronshimek.com/blog/?p=293

Recruitably yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Octopus, octopus, octopus?
Replies: 3
Views: 597

Re: Octopus, octopus, octopus?

Hi Laura,

Thanks so much for this link - Fascinating information!
by Tidepool Geek
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4023
Views: 361820

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Hi Jan, Terrific photos as always: Thanks & keep up the good work! I don't know why but, no matter how many times I see it happening, I'm always surprised at how many things eat jellyfish. Rockweed trivia: I've been told that the slimy stuff found in the rockweed's floats is essentially the same...
by Tidepool Geek
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Diving & The Economy
Replies: 11
Views: 1727

Diving & The Economy

Greetings,

I normally only participate on the Critterwatchers forum but I thought the following might be of interest to a wider group:
http://www.seadocsociety.org/seadoc-fin ... l-economy/
My apologies if this is the wrong place.

Financially yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Strangely colored Stubby Rose Anemone
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Re: Strangely colored Stubby Rose Anemone

Hi Taryn,

I think that your I.D.'s are correct except that the Stubby Rose has been renamed to Urticina clandestina. Check out this site: http://actiniaria.com/urticina_clandestina.php

Semanticly yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:10 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4023
Views: 361820

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Hi Jan,
Wonderful images and fascinating information!
I've got a question about the anemones - What is the structure that they're growing on in the image and do you have any sense of how long it has been there?
Agedly yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4023
Views: 361820

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Hi Jan,

More amazing images and terrific information! Thanks for all your good work.

Sycophantishly yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Nudibranch ID
Replies: 11
Views: 1469

Re: Nudibranch ID

Hi Taryn, You might try the Sea Slug Forum - http://www.seaslugforum.net/ They have information on and images of just about any nudibranch imaginable. Searching for a photo match can be daunting because there are so many species covered but, if all else fails, you can send your photos to them for an...
by Tidepool Geek
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Little Keystone Feeder
Replies: 3
Views: 732

Re: Little Keystone Feeder

Hi Carl, I agree completely with Jan. Just wanted to add that the "feelers" are actually modified feet - barnacles are crustaceans that are standing on their heads and kicking food into their mouths. More information can be found by doing a Google search on Balanus nubilus. Additively your...
by Tidepool Geek
Wed May 31, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4023
Views: 361820

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Hi Jan,

Wow! What an amazing and stark contrast. Any ideas about what might have changed in the environment of that rock?

Changeably yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4023
Views: 361820

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Hi Jan,

Your photos are always terrific but that first image of the leafy hornmouth & eggs is truly a cut above!

Gobsmackedly yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4023
Views: 361820

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Hi Jan,

That 'colorizing' panel was very neat!

Question - In the areas you survey, are you seeing the number of stars (especially juveniles) growing?

Appreciatively yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:57 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4023
Views: 361820

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Hi Jan, While I am always impressed by your photography, I'm even more impressed by your ability to find sources of information about your subjects! Here's something to add to your library about the Shaggy Mouse: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.2307/1543542 The gist of the paper is that...
by Tidepool Geek
Thu Nov 10, 2016 6:55 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4023
Views: 361820

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Hi Jan,

Cool Find!. Repeated observations of the same site(s) pays off again. It will be interesting to see if this population sustains, expands, or collapses.

Invasively yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Sat Sep 24, 2016 6:38 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4023
Views: 361820

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Hi Jan,

Please forgive my poor memory but was Langley Harbor (and Coupeville) clear of the disease prior to this year or is this outbreak 'round two'?

Sickly yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4023
Views: 361820

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Hi Jan, Gorgeous images! Several years ago the Feiro Center hosted a talk on nudibranchs by Dave Behrens. I asked him about D. albolineata eating snails and he basically called BS and said that their primary diet is actually bryozoans (which seem to be in these photos). I just looked at Sea Slug For...
by Tidepool Geek
Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:58 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4023
Views: 361820

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Greetings,
That appears to be the egg mass of a parasitic copepod.
http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/20868
Nastily yours,
Alex
by Tidepool Geek
Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4023
Views: 361820

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Hi Jan, Very cool images! I found this in the abstract of the paper describing this species - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/19082575_Kronborgia_pugettensis_sp_nov_Neorhabdocoela_Fecampiidae_an_endoparasitic_turbellarian_infesting_the_shrimp_Heptacarpus_hincaidi_Rathbun_with_notes_on_its_l...

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