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by nwscubamom
Sat May 10, 2014 7:03 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Moved from Whidbey Island Critters - in footsteps of Jan K
Replies: 19
Views: 3548

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

...There might be some dispute about distinction between Black Eye Goby and Bay Goby. Most of the Gobies I found in Mukilteo Lighthouse park have outer coloration of the eye falling somewhere in between (neither black nor totally brigh). Here are 2 examples: PICT3477-gravid-bay-goby-zoom.JPG PICT33...
by nwscubamom
Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: God's Pocket Fire | How You Can Help
Replies: 1
Views: 564

Re: God's Pocket Fire | How You Can Help

What a GREAT idea!!! I hope people take advantage of this. I'm sure considering it. Never been there before, but this seems like a great way to do so - with no expiry date!
by nwscubamom
Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Learn how to ID the Top 25 Fish of Roatan - Thursday
Replies: 0
Views: 456

Learn how to ID the Top 25 Fish of Roatan - Thursday

fishinarroatan.jpg Learn how to identify the 25 most common fish seen in Roatan - (or pretty much anywhere in the Caribbean). Thursday, March 20th, at 8pm Eastern time. (your time zone may vary! - That's 5pm Pacific time) Perfect for snorkelers and divers, aquarium and marine science center staff, ...
by nwscubamom
Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Oil in Hood Canal?
Replies: 9
Views: 878

Re: Oil in Hood Canal?

From what I've heard and read, the oil went NORTH, between the base and the bridge, so it's north of the usual dive sites. I don't think it's too much to worry about from a diving standpoint. I hope there's a bit more info about where things stand now.
by nwscubamom
Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:00 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Egg id help
Replies: 12
Views: 871

Re: Egg id help

My bet is on Sculpins of some kind. I saw a bunch of Spotfin Sculpin eggs laid in and around Cloud sponge that looked like that too. And they were deep, about 100 feet. 70 feet is pretty deep for Greenling eggs, at least the ones I've seen before. Those are a bit more colorful than the slate charcoa...
by nwscubamom
Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:48 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Life is hard on the bottom
Replies: 6
Views: 861

Re: Life is hard on the bottom

That's quite a chunk taken out of him! :eek:
by nwscubamom
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: ID Help
Replies: 5
Views: 658

Re: ID Help

Yes, that's exactly what they are, Brooding anemone. The little stripes up the column give it away. Sometimes they can be really red or pink, and others are very greenish colored. Their babies mature on their parent's column, and then they move away when they're old enough. Pretty cool, eh? - Janna ...
by nwscubamom
Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:49 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Greg's new Crab/Shrimp book is OUT!
Replies: 1
Views: 898

Greg's new Crab/Shrimp book is OUT!

Time for me to toot Greg's horn here: After waiting for months, the anticipation is over and you can get your grubby dry gloves on a copy of Greg's new and amazing Crabs and Shrimps of the Pacific Coast . 240 full color pages packed with info and interesting sidebar tidbits - and my favorite - lots ...
by nwscubamom
Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:19 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Seattle Aquarium Annual Octopus Census SAT - MON
Replies: 3
Views: 930

Seattle Aquarium Annual Octopus Census SAT - MON

It's sneaking right up on us - THIS SATURDAY through MONDAY - the 14th annual octopus census by the Seattle Aquarium. As you're out diving, and happen upon a GPO or two, be sure to report it. Here's the info you'll need:
http://www.seattleaquarium.org/octopus-census

- Janna :joshsmith:
by nwscubamom
Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:49 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Here's your chance! Free PNW Invert ID classes!
Replies: 0
Views: 856

Here's your chance! Free PNW Invert ID classes!

Done online over the course of 4 one hour sessions, free webinar style REEF Fishinars! Jan 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th. It's been awhile since we've done any Pacific NW ones, and this time we'll be doing Invertebrates. Spread the word to your dive buddies, students, dive shops, dive clubs, etc. Register...
by nwscubamom
Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:43 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Sea star die-off
Replies: 274
Views: 53370

Re: Sea star die-off

IMG_9331.JPG Just dove the last several days off Lopez Island, and all the Sunflower, Blood, Rainbow and False Ochre stars were doing fabulous. No signs of stress (well, ONE had some thinning around the central disc), all were moving around, plump and healthy, looking very nice. (didn't see any oth...
by nwscubamom
Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:12 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Sundrock CO Sole
Replies: 3
Views: 538

Re: Sundrock CO Sole

How big was this guy? Agreed with Rich - definitely a C-O Sole. It is showing the patterns typical of a younger one (at least the younger ones I've seen) with dark near the eyes, and dark near the tail, and very light throughout the rest of the body.
Merry Fishmas to you!
- Janna
by nwscubamom
Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Eggs on detached seastar arm
Replies: 5
Views: 547

Re: Eggs on detached seastar arm

Hi all, Those are not eggs, but rather the insides (more specifically the gonads and pyloric caeca, whatever that is) of the seastar spilling out. Here is the progression of the disease from Neil McDaniel (and his photos): Pycnopodia 10 shows this thinning in close-up. Note how distinct the edges of...
by nwscubamom
Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Clean buoy at Flagpole
Replies: 7
Views: 681

Re: Clean buoy at Flagpole

Thanks for doing that. When I was on the WSA board years ago, when the mooring buoys were being sold and installed, I remember part of the cost of each buoy was for maintenance that WSA would be doing down the road on buoys. If you know of others that need maintenance, I suggest contacting WSA and l...
by nwscubamom
Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Sea star die-off
Replies: 274
Views: 53370

Re: Sea star die-off

From the recent REEF PNW Critterwatchers newsletter: Keep your eyes on the stars! You may have been hearing about the recent seastar dieoff in some areas of BC. There have also been reports of sick or dying seastars in some areas in Washington as well. Scientists are working hard to determine the ca...
by nwscubamom
Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:22 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Ratfish Attack!
Replies: 13
Views: 2089

Re: Ratfish Attack!

When I used to give dive club talks a few years back, I'd get to the Ratfish slide and inevitably someone would tell about someone they knew who had attempted to grab a ratfish and got nailed by the spine (which does have a toxin, as you know!). Not too brilliant of a move, I say. And it always seem...
by nwscubamom
Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:49 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Free online Fishinar Wed: Marine life illustrator Val Kells
Replies: 0
Views: 424

Free online Fishinar Wed: Marine life illustrator Val Kells

Spend an hour Wednesday evening with marine life ID book illustrator Val Kells as she tells fish stories, shows photos and paintings of her highly detailed work, and answers your questions about the process of making fish ID books. She's already completed Guide to Coastal Fishes from Maine to Texas,...
by nwscubamom
Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:37 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Opalescent Squid Mating Aggregation
Replies: 9
Views: 1053

Re: Opalescent Squid Mating Aggregation

Absolutely jaw-droppingly STUNNING!! (and you did a great sound track to go with it..very fitting). So what's interesting to me is that Three Tree seems to be year after year where divers see this mating and egg-laying frenzy. I even have a photo from 10 years ago, possibly even that same mooring li...
by nwscubamom
Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:31 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Keystone Dive Flag
Replies: 3
Views: 610

Re: Keystone Dive Flag

That is a fantastic idea! I suspect you had a hand in this - so thank you Jan!
- Janna
by nwscubamom
Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Mystery pink appendage
Replies: 3
Views: 601

Re: Mystery pink appendage

Agree 100% with Dusty. They're funky little/big things!

- Janna
by nwscubamom
Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Crab indentification
Replies: 5
Views: 544

Re: Crab indentification

Hard to see your first image large enough to figure out what it is.
But the 2nd one is a Northern Kelp Crab, Pugettia producta.
Best place to post WHAT IS THIS photos is in the Critterwatcher forum.
Thanks!
- Janna
by nwscubamom
Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: Dive Travel - Planning and Adventure
Topic: TSA and Dive gear
Replies: 8
Views: 1191

Re: TSA and Dive gear

I had a problem at PDX with my camera INSIDE my housing, inside my carryon. They said it appeared as "Electronics within organic matter". Um, OK. It caused quite a delay since they had to completely unpack my entire carryon, and inspect ME too. They said in the future, to take it out of th...
by nwscubamom
Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Getting my money's worth out of my G-9 setup
Replies: 1
Views: 370

Getting my money's worth out of my G-9 setup

I used to shoot a Sea&Sea MX-10 film camera, and spent upwards of $8 per dive on film and processing for my prints. Five years ago I got a Canon G-9, an Ikelite housing for it, as well as a little Ikelite DS-51 strobe. At the time, I choked on the cost ($1700) for all of that, having previously ...