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by nwscubamom
Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Redstripe Rockfish in Hood Canal?!
Replies: 6
Views: 1130

Re: Redstripe Rockfish in Hood Canal?!

Very cool. I saw some at the horizontal barge off Shilshole many years ago and haven't seen any since. Mine were sitting on the bottom for some strange reason. Yours looks a lot older than mine - the ones I saw were about 6" I'd say? Betty saw one off Whidbey a year or two ago, and it was a la...
by nwscubamom
Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Redstripe Rockfish in Hood Canal?!
Replies: 6
Views: 1130

Redstripe Rockfish in Hood Canal?!

Rockfish Geeks, We dove the Pinnacle yesterday and were pleased to see 8 different species of rockfish swimming around. The usual Coppers, Browns and Quillbacks were hanging around close to the boulders on the bottom. There were some really large Vermilions that have been there for years - some near...
by nwscubamom
Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:16 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4260
Views: 431432

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

In the new REEF invertebrate monitoring program for the Northeast US & Canada, Dead Man's Fingers (Codium fragile - same species) is included. Another name for it is 'Oyster Thief' - when this plant grows on an oyster or scallop shell, (instead of the bottom habitat), it can become buoyant, and ...
by nwscubamom
Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Canon Rebel SL-1 (100D) and Ikelite Housing First impressions
Replies: 2
Views: 801

Canon Rebel SL-1 (100D) and Ikelite Housing First impressions

I recently upgraded from a Canon G9 in an Ikelite housing w/DS-51 strobe, to a dSLR in an Ikelite housing w/ dome port, using the same DS-51 strobe. What attracted me to this was the sales pitch from the Ikelite guy at DEMA. Since I wanted better quality, but didn't want a 'Death Star' setup, he sho...
by nwscubamom
Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:22 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Another Perch Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1107

Re: Another Perch Question

Wow that's weird. Looks like a clump of algae. :/
by nwscubamom
Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:57 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Help with identification
Replies: 3
Views: 831

Re: Help with identification

Ffdiver, That's so cool you got to dive in NY! I am jealous! I helped develop the fish and invertebrate curriculum for REEF surveyors in the NE, so I've had some exposure to the marine life there. (but not in person though!) Like you, I was astounded (and delighted) at the number of species that wer...
by nwscubamom
Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Did It Actually Choke???
Replies: 7
Views: 1219

Re: Did It Actually Choke???

I had no idea either! OK, so stupid question here - how can a fish CHOKE if it doesn't breathe air. We breathe differently than fish, so food in our airway obviously makes us choke. Are you saying here that the fish it's eating plugs up its gills too?
by nwscubamom
Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Black Perch?
Replies: 3
Views: 688

Re: Black Perch?

Totally agree with what Alex said, and that's been my observation too. 530 (20).jpg Here's a really bad pic from Sund Rock North Wall of one of them. Come to think of it, I see more of these black colored ones in Hood Canal than other places, or maybe I've just noticed them there - happened to be th...
by nwscubamom
Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Diver missing in Tacoma?
Replies: 19
Views: 2756

Re: Diver missing in Tacoma?

There is an addendum to the article now that reads, "Note: An earlier version of this article mischaracterized how well the eight divers knew each other. The group was made up of four pairs of people who knew each other well but the group as a whole first met Wednesday morning."
by nwscubamom
Wed May 20, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Do octos have 9 brains?
Replies: 4
Views: 981

Re: Do octos have 9 brains?

Wish I could LIKE Greg's answer...but that feature seems to have gone by the wayside with the 'upgrade'.
by nwscubamom
Sun May 17, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: New Photo Site
Replies: 12
Views: 1156

Re: New Photo Site

Jesse, I've always been a fan of your amazing photos - and I like the site too. As one who is always looking for specific fish photos from specific locations, I appreciate the ability to navigate past the main slide show and into the galleries arranged by location. I'm also a Smugmug user, but have ...
by nwscubamom
Fri May 15, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Mystery Spots
Replies: 2
Views: 851

Re: Mystery Spots

Wow, that's pretty trippy, Dave!
Bright orange-red...and nice post, Jan!
- Janna
by nwscubamom
Fri May 15, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Critter and egg ID help?
Replies: 11
Views: 1645

Re: Critter and egg ID help?

Definitely NOT Opalescent Squid Eggs - much more likely a smaller whelk (snail) of some kind.
Rick Harbo's Whelks to Whales book (2nd edition) has a great back section on eggs and to which critter they belong.
Unfortunately I don't have my copy with me, or I'd look it up for you!
- Janna
by nwscubamom
Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Scuba and H20 Show Seminars Finally Posted
Replies: 5
Views: 1018

Re: Scuba and H20 Show Seminars Finally Posted

Looks like the seminars are posted now. m From what I can tell by looking at the topics and speakers, it appears that most speakers had to also speak a 2nd day to fill out the schedule. Which can be good if you can only go one day. You'll get the same (or similar) talks no matter which day you go! O...
by nwscubamom
Fri Mar 20, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Dive show/H2O show in Seattle/Tacoma
Replies: 21
Views: 3665

Re: Dive show/H2O show in Seattle/Tacoma

Here's the list of exhibitors. As you can see, it's pretty much all warm water travel booths. Looks like there's very little in the way of Pacific Northwest diving, shops or clubs (which is the part I loved about the show years ago when it first started): Aggressor Fleet American Canoe Association A...
by nwscubamom
Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Dive show/H2O show in Seattle/Tacoma
Replies: 21
Views: 3665

Re: Dive show/H2O show in Seattle/Tacoma

I've had a chance to travel to a number of dive shows with REEF, and I have to say my most favorite show of all is the Boston Sea Rovers. It's also the smallest show of all the ones I've ever been to. Our fellow cold water divers in the Northeast have done an amazing job with this show. m It's put o...
by nwscubamom
Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Burrowing Anemone?
Replies: 2
Views: 565

Re: Burrowing Anemone?

Looks a lot like a Tube Dwelling Anemone, but not quite. Any shots of it looking straight down on it?
- Janna
by nwscubamom
Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:40 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Is this anything?
Replies: 18
Views: 1779

Re: Is this anything?

I guess I ought to start turning around a bit more often and see what's out in the open. Who knows what swims by when I'm not looking - Whales, Mola Mola, Trident Nuclear Submarines, etc. May I just say how COOL THAT WAS??? And such great shots too. I think you are the only person I've ever known t...
by nwscubamom
Sun Feb 08, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: It Can't Be...Can It?
Replies: 8
Views: 1332

Re: It Can't Be...Can It?

Well, definitely not a Northern/Pinto Ab. No foot/mantle, no respiratory holes, nothing. So to answer your original question, no, it couldn't be. As for Rock Scallop - that makes the most sense, given the mounded shape, size, and the stuff growing on it (yellow boring sponge is real typical growing ...
by nwscubamom
Sun Feb 08, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Is this anything?
Replies: 18
Views: 1779

Re: Is this anything?

Shot with a Nikon D800 and 16-35mm lens. This was the first time after about 15 years that I have ever encountered dolphins underwater in Puget Sound. Is this indeed uncommon or am I just unlucky? Dave Oh yeah, SUPER common to see these underwater. About as common as the Gray Whale sighting recentl...
by nwscubamom
Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Gravid Red Irish Lords at Three Tree- Question
Replies: 1
Views: 714

Re: Gravid Red Irish Lords at Three Tree- Question

WOW that is super duper preggers!!!
- Janna
by nwscubamom
Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whoopee! Big news for me!
Replies: 20
Views: 2236

Re: Whoopee! Big news for me!

SUPER COOL NEWS!!
As I've told you before, I bow down at your fins. Amazing!
Congratulations, something to be extremely proud of.

- Janna
by nwscubamom
Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Crabs hiding their claws
Replies: 8
Views: 1410

Re: Crabs hiding their claws

I'm just guessing here but I think it is a defensive behavior. If you were crab sized He would raise his claws to show aggression and make himself look bigger but since you are one hell of a big fish the natural instinct would be to make himself as small and inconspicuous as possible. Hmmm, I've se...
by nwscubamom
Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Fish ID help
Replies: 4
Views: 1018

Re: Fish ID help

I dug through my notes and found this, when I asked Jeff Christiansen about this many years ago, and here's his explanation. (in a nutshell, it could be several things): "This fish is often found with bumps on its body. These can be disease processes, or parasitism or both. The fishes lifestyle...
by nwscubamom
Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Salt Creek - 1/31/15
Replies: 13
Views: 1293

Re: Salt Creek - 1/31/15

How about Green or Purple Urchins?
- Janna