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by cephalogoddess
Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Belize or Honduras?
Replies: 6
Views: 812

Belize or Honduras?

If you could go on a scuba trip to either Belize or Honduras, which would it be? I'm planning a dive vacation and would love some advice. Obviously price will be the main factor with amount of nudibranchs and octopus coming in a close second.
by cephalogoddess
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Animals at Salt Creek, Port Angeles
Replies: 3
Views: 796

Re: Animals at Salt Creek, Port Angeles

We've dove there about 6 times now and never was the visibility so poor and the current so nonexistent as yesterday's dive. That being said, visibility here is usually awesome so poor vis here is good vis elsewhere. We dove this on a high tide too; maybe that contributed. We always check tides befor...
by cephalogoddess
Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Animals at Salt Creek, Port Angeles
Replies: 3
Views: 796

Animals at Salt Creek, Port Angeles

Yesterday I got to go diving at my favorite site again- Salt Creek near Port Angeles. I always see something new here and the abundance of invertebrates is always incredible. All the rocks are absolutely covered in life and the sponges are so beautiful and colorful. I love this place! I thought I'd ...
by cephalogoddess
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Strangely colored Stubby Rose Anemone
Replies: 1
Views: 787

Strangely colored Stubby Rose Anemone

I believe these photos are of species Urticina coriacea , the stubby rose anemone, but I've never seen any this green before. I'm adding a couple bonus photos of a brooding anemone, Epiactis prolifera , (I believe) that I found tide pooling yesterday. It had babies of all sizes on it :) Are my IDs c...
by cephalogoddess
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Dive Site Listings
Topic: Diving Hawaii Big Island
Replies: 13
Views: 2376

Re: Diving Hawaii Big Island

Thank you everyone. I've been snorkeling on the big island before and two step was by far our favorite. We also really loved diving 69's beach. We plan to use Jack's :) We are staying at the Wyndham Kona resort I believe. Are there any shore dives that have soft corals or sponges as food for nudibra...
by cephalogoddess
Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Dive Site Listings
Topic: Diving Hawaii Big Island
Replies: 13
Views: 2376

Diving Hawaii Big Island

Hi friends, I'm going to the big island next week and am very excited. Do you have any shore dives you would recommend? I really want to see some nudibranchs but I haven't found any good information on where to find them. Seems like here you can see nudibranchs at almost every dive site, which is on...
by cephalogoddess
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: What kind of cephalopod?
Replies: 7
Views: 1230

Re: What kind of cephalopod?

Thanks guys! Do parasitic Copepods swim like an octopus/squid does?
by cephalogoddess
Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: What kind of cephalopod?
Replies: 7
Views: 1230

Re: What kind of cephalopod?

Wow, it does look like those. But it swam just like a squid or an octopus and it had two long tentacles and several shorter ones. And if you look very closely I think you can see the chromatophores.
by cephalogoddess
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: What kind of cephalopod?
Replies: 7
Views: 1230

What kind of cephalopod?

Saw this adorable baby cephalopod today. I believe it is a market squid hatchling but I'm not sure. I saw it in only about 3 feet of water swimming around with the plankton. They are less than a centimeter long! It was attracted to my light which made photographing the little fella a bit easier. It ...
by cephalogoddess
Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Dive Site Listings
Topic: Dives near Bellingham (Keystone Jetty, Rosario?)
Replies: 5
Views: 1125

Re: Dives near Bellingham (Keystone Jetty, Rosario?)

Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately I didn't see until after we dove keystone. We survived and it was an incredible dive. Actually going to do it again today at 5. Huge lingcod and lots of clown dorids. Even snorkeled for a while at the end when our air was low.
by cephalogoddess
Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Dive Site Listings
Topic: Dives near Bellingham (Keystone Jetty, Rosario?)
Replies: 5
Views: 1125

Dives near Bellingham (Keystone Jetty, Rosario?)

Hey guys, I live in Bellingham, Washington and want to find some good dives up here. I've mostly been diving around Seattle (favorite place to dive is either Alki or Salt Creek near Port Angeles). I hope to dive this weekend at Keystone Jetty and Rosario. Do you have any tips for those two sites? Or...
by cephalogoddess
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Hermaea Olivae Nudibranchs at Alki
Replies: 2
Views: 729

Hermaea Olivae Nudibranchs at Alki

I have been seeing tons of tiny Hermaea olivae nudibranchs at alki cove 2 in about 5-15 feet of water! They are amazing little guys. Here are some photos. They are hard to spot at first but once you see one you'll notice that there are ten others on the same piece of seaweed. Any idea as to why just...
by cephalogoddess
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Best dive camera less than $500?
Replies: 10
Views: 1349

Re: Best dive camera less than $500?

Thanks everyone. I work at a dive shop and can get dealer price which is usually half off on any brands we carry and the underwater camera brand we carry is SeaLife- are there cameras/strobes any good? The catalog i'm looking at does not list prices which is concerning....
by cephalogoddess
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Best dive camera less than $500?
Replies: 10
Views: 1349

Re: Best dive camera less than $500?

My current camera is canon powershot D30. I don't know anything about strobes; interesting I thought a better camera would be more important! I have a little sola dive light that I use to take pics with. I haven't talked to anyone about technique; just been practicing with light and camera at differ...
by cephalogoddess
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Best dive camera less than $500?
Replies: 10
Views: 1349

Best dive camera less than $500?

Hey guys, for the past year I've been using a $150 canon camera but I'd like to upgrade. I am most into photographing nudibranchs and other small subjects. I want a better camera for detail but I just don't know where to start. Do I need a specific light for a camera to take better photos or is a di...
by cephalogoddess
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Nudibranch ID
Replies: 11
Views: 1759

Re: Nudibranch ID

Thought I'd post photos of the other Hermaea olivae nudibranchs I saw on the very same day! Sorry; not best photo quality but those little suckers (lol, they are sap suckers) are so small. Isn't it crazy what a different color the others are? I must've seen about twenty of these greenish brown ones....
by cephalogoddess
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Nudibranch ID
Replies: 11
Views: 1759

Re: Nudibranch ID

Well folks, it turns out it's a hermaea olivae; an odd color. Especially because I actually saw several of that same species but they were all a greenish brown. I know color varies based on what type of algae they are eating; I just find it odd that one nudibranch at the same location and time is a ...
by cephalogoddess
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Nudibranch ID
Replies: 11
Views: 1759

Re: Nudibranch ID

Any other ideas of places/people I could send this photograph to? I'd really like to know what it is... because if no one knows, perhaps it's a new species or hybrid or something. One can hope ;)
by cephalogoddess
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Nudibranch ID
Replies: 11
Views: 1759

Re: Nudibranch ID

Thanks guys. I sent the photo to Nudi Pixel for identification. Maybe I can find someone from around here on the sea slug forum and send to them as well!
by cephalogoddess
Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Nudibranch ID
Replies: 11
Views: 1759

Re: Nudibranch ID

Well, I've continued to research possible nudis and consulted Behren's Pacific Coast nudibranch book. Still no luck. It looks similar to Anetarca armata, but not exactly the same and that species only lives in California. I emailed Nudi Pixel; do you guys know of anywhere else I can send this photos...
by cephalogoddess
Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Nudibranch ID
Replies: 11
Views: 1759

Nudibranch ID

I saw this very odd nudibranch today at Alki Cove 2. I have been doing lots of research and can't figure out what species it is. Beautiful, huh? It was about 4 mm, very tiny. I was at about 15 feet when I saw it. I'm away from my David Behrens pacific coast nudibranch book this weekend, but maybe I ...
by cephalogoddess
Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Introductions (New Visitors, Start Here)
Topic: Hello from your local cephalopod lover!
Replies: 2
Views: 766

Hello from your local cephalopod lover!

Hi guys, My name is Taryn. I'm going to school at Western Washington University to study marine biology and neuroscience. My goal is to one day become a scientist researching cephalopod cognition. I love scuba diving more than anything. I'd love to make some dive buddies around the Seattle area. My ...

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