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by dphershman
Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Springtime Nudibranchs at Titlow
Replies: 5
Views: 1078

Re: Springtime Nudibranchs at Titlow

On that third pic, it's probably another nudi ... I got something like that at Possession Pt. ferry once. When I blew it up for a closer look it was a similar (but slightly different) nudi. Scale's about the same though. Awesome pics, as always ... nice to know the nudis aren't disappearing all ove...
by dphershman
Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Springtime Nudibranchs at Titlow
Replies: 5
Views: 1078

Springtime Nudibranchs at Titlow

Springtime at Titlow means rotten viz but there is compensation in the bloom of nudibranchs Here are some photos from this past Monday on a dive with my buddy Mark. There were 'gazillions' of tiny Flabellina trilineata around the pilings. Especially on the southeast corner of the outer pilings. So m...
by dphershman
Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:37 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Sechelt, British Columbia - 3/24 to 3/28
Replies: 34
Views: 2587

Re: Sechelt, British Columbia - 3/24 to 3/28

Scubie Doo wrote:Awesome. Thanks Dan. I've never seen a flatworm like that. Very cool find.

And nice hummer bird pics. What lens did you use for those?


I had my f2.8 70-200 zoom with a 1.7 TC. :)

Dan
by dphershman
Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Sechelt, British Columbia - 3/24 to 3/28
Replies: 34
Views: 2587

Re: Sechelt, British Columbia - 3/24 to 3/28

Dan, I see you found a Mosshead Warbonnet too I really wanted to see one of those. Also, the starfish munching on California Berthella. And, what the heck is that flat, slug looking thing. Never seen one of those. the flat slug looking thing is a Spotted Flatworm, Eurylepta leoparda https://hershma...
by dphershman
Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:10 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Sechelt, British Columbia - 3/24 to 3/28
Replies: 34
Views: 2587

Re: Sechelt, British Columbia - 3/24 to 3/28

Thanks Dan. I think I got the holder and subsee diopters from reefnet.ca. They make them custom so you have to get a quote. I believe the holder was $250 and the diopter was $200. So yes, very spendy. You are welcome to try mine before making the plunge. Just let me know. that's pretty much the goi...
by dphershman
Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Cloud Sponges at Porpoise Bay Charters
Replies: 7
Views: 1367

Re: Cloud Sponges at Porpoise Bay Charters

How many were in your group? We were up there the weekend previous and viz was incredible!!! Kirsten there were about 10 of us I think. Viz was not so great, we had a plankton bloom down to about 30 feet or so on most dives. A couple of days of sun the week prior to our visit really changed things....
by dphershman
Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:47 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: an odd growth on a candy stripe shrimp
Replies: 11
Views: 1692

Re: an odd growth on a candy stripe shrimp

YellowEye wrote:Cool find! Andy Lamb's book has an entry on this.


Which book? citation?
by dphershman
Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Sechelt, British Columbia - 3/24 to 3/28
Replies: 34
Views: 2587

Re: Sechelt, British Columbia - 3/24 to 3/28

Here's some of my pictures from the Porpoise Bay Charters trip last weekend with Olympia Underwater Sports. https://hershman.smugmug.com/Underwater-Photography/Cold-Water-Diving/Porpoise-Bay-Dives/i-r7cMk3J/0/L/_DSC5589-L.jpg While cloud sponges can be found at other locations, the Jarvis and Sechel...
by dphershman
Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Sechelt, British Columbia - 3/24 to 3/28
Replies: 34
Views: 2587

Re: Sechelt, British Columbia - 3/24 to 3/28

So better late than never Im told...here are a few shots from our trip to the Sunshine Coast. First of all there were quite a few Nudibranches to shoot.. Not a great wide angle trip for me, I need some serious work. But here are a couple; The cloud sponges there were really epic, and a ton of them....
by dphershman
Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:25 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Sechelt, British Columbia - 3/24 to 3/28
Replies: 34
Views: 2587

Re: Sechelt, British Columbia - 3/24 to 3/28

Hello all, well this weekend we headed to Sechelt BC to dive with Porpoise Bay Charters. First, the resort and hosts were absolutely awesome. Also, the group was excellent as always (Underwater Sports Olympia). Gdog and I headed up on the 24th and dove Whytecliff. It was a great experience and than...
by dphershman
Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:35 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Cloud Sponges at Porpoise Bay Charters
Replies: 7
Views: 1367

Cloud Sponges at Porpoise Bay Charters

Here's a short video compilation from last weekend's dive with Porpoise Bay Charters at Egmont BC. Cool cloud sponges and more. Shot on my humble GoPro Hero :)

Dan

https://youtu.be/gVCVAhluvto
by dphershman
Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:21 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: an odd growth on a candy stripe shrimp
Replies: 11
Views: 1692

Re: an odd growth on a candy stripe shrimp

Echo wrote:
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interesting to see that the 'parasite' (if that's what it is) is located in exactly the same place in all three images posted here.

Image
by dphershman
Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: an odd growth on a candy stripe shrimp
Replies: 11
Views: 1692

Re: an odd growth on a candy stripe shrimp

a parasite was my guess, I would have expected eggs to be slung under the body rather than from the side.

Dan
by dphershman
Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: an odd growth on a candy stripe shrimp
Replies: 11
Views: 1692

an odd growth on a candy stripe shrimp

I found this shrimp at Sechelt Inlet this past weekend. When I first saw it I thought that something was attached to its side, with the photo you can see that whatever it is, it appears to be just underneath the outer shell. Anyone have a guess as to what this lump is? https://hershman.smugmug.com/U...
by dphershman
Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:52 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: that's gotta hurt!
Replies: 11
Views: 1435

Re: that's gotta hurt!

Dan, saw the same wolfie this weekend. Looked painful. See you on the Sunshine Coast this weekend Gdog and I are diving whytecliff on Thursday afternoon if you can make it. Sorry for the thread hijack. I've had to get some serious 'indulgence' from my wife for skipping out of town on easter weekend...
by dphershman
Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: that's gotta hurt!
Replies: 11
Views: 1435

Re: that's gotta hurt!

fmerkel wrote:Often it's the male wolfies fighting for territory that do it to each other.


That may be right. These two guys were only a few yards apart. One of the Wolfie's wounds looks like its healed up a bit more than the other, but it does make you wonder .

Dan
by dphershman
Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: that's gotta hurt!
Replies: 11
Views: 1435

that's gotta hurt!

I was at Sund Rock yesterday with my buddy Mark and did two dives, one along each wall. (its very quiet there on a monday!) There was the beginning of a plankton bloom but viz was good below 30 feet, even better below 45 feet. Our second dive traversed the north wall, turning around at the trawler. ...
by dphershman
Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Octopus Hole Sea Stars
Replies: 4
Views: 1097

Re: Octopus Hole Sea Stars

Jan K wrote:I am afraid that once the water temperature climbs, so will the mortality of sea stars :(


the water temp was a uniform 51 degrees during the whole dive, but it seemed that the affected sea stars were in the shallowest part of the wall, around 20 feet.
by dphershman
Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Octopus Hole Sea Stars
Replies: 4
Views: 1097

Octopus Hole Sea Stars

Mark and I went out to Octopus Hole yesterday, braving the rain and hailstorms that were sweeping through the area. With all the rain and wind we were expecting so-so conditions, but the viz was actually quite good, up to 30 feet. I'm happy to report that there were quite a few healthy looking sea s...
by dphershman
Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:53 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Where have all the Titlow barnacles gone?
Replies: 13
Views: 1538

Re: Where have all the Titlow barnacles gone?

In the winter of 2015 the sand underneath the pilings was covered in mounds of barnacle shells. I know that barnacles molt, but it's pretty clear now that those creatures haven't returned.
by dphershman
Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Where have all the Titlow barnacles gone?
Replies: 13
Views: 1538

Re: Where have all the Titlow barnacles gone?

this is fantastic reporting folks... please keep up with the observations! I will pass this thread on to the Sciency types that have been monitoring SSWS. thanks! I've been diving around here since 2004 and have noticed gradual reductions in the diversity at our most popular dive sites. That change...
by dphershman
Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Where have all the Titlow barnacles gone?
Replies: 13
Views: 1538

Where have all the Titlow barnacles gone?

When you dive at a site for a number of years you begin to notice subtle changes over the years. Titlow is one of my favorite sites due in large part to the dramatic pilings covered in Plumose Anemones. One thing that has been very noticeable this year is the disappearance of the large clusters of G...
by dphershman
Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:19 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Salish Sea Nudibranch Poster Done!
Replies: 2
Views: 835

Salish Sea Nudibranch Poster Done!

I've finished the final copy of the Salish Sea Nudibranch poster. The images are drawn from my photographic work over the last ten years, photographed from South Puget Sound to Hornby Island to Neah Bay. Each of the 35 photos shows key characteristics of each species. (thanks to JanK for pointing ou...
by dphershman
Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:55 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Draft of Salish Sea Nudibranch poster
Replies: 10
Views: 1493

Re: Draft of Salish Sea Nudibranch poster

Tidepool Geek wrote:Hi Dan,

Beautiful poster! Will you be posting when, where, and how to purchase these?

Commercially yours,
Alex


I'm going to clean up a few issues then have the poster available to order online. Glad you like it!


Dan
by dphershman
Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Draft of Salish Sea Nudibranch poster
Replies: 10
Views: 1493

Re: Draft of Salish Sea Nudibranch poster

You are probably not aware of this: [img]https://jankocian.smugmug.com/Fauna-Flora/SLUGS/i-7FZ2BSQ/0/XL/4.3.13%20name%20change%20slugs%202S%20-XL.jpg[/img] All my old slides are still carrying the old names, I just don't feel like correcting hundreds ...