Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:00 am

Hi Jan,

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

Gobsmackedly yours,
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:48 am

Leafy Hornmouth busy at the Deception Pass laying egg capsules.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:36 pm

KOMO NEWS Report : Seattle has 2nd-most depressing winter in the U.S.
That doesn't keep two old farts from diving into the cold waters of Deception Pass. It might be wet and ugly above the waves, but it sure is colorful down below. And for the warm water wussies, my friend Jack is diving in wetsuit! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:57 am

Checking on sea stars at Langley and Penn Cove, still few signs of wasting, but hopefully, the mass die offs stopped,
at least for the time being. Maybe the cold water has something to do with it...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:18 am

It looks like this slug lost his compass bearing. Normally, it feeds on sea pens,
yesterday I found him on the Langley tire reef. If he indeed changed his diet, he is set for life.
There are more tires than sea pens at this location :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:24 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Western Washington
due to the possibility of snow overnight Saturday and into early Sunday morning.
It looks like one of the snowflakes landed underwater ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:18 am

Beauty of the world above mirrors (just a little) the one underwater.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:13 pm

For those who cannot dive to see the slugs underwater:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:20 am

Couple slugs from Langley Harbor.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:24 pm

More from February dives at Keystone Jetty .
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:53 pm

White dendronotus in the currents of Keystone Jetty.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:00 pm

Longfin sculpin male whispering "sweet nothings" to a starry-eyed female at Keystone Jetty.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY ! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:57 pm

It could give the Painted anemone indigestion ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:17 am

And the Wrinkled dogwinkle snails moved on, leaving behind their eggs.
Lots of eggs...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:45 pm

Yes, it is still winter...
Another visit to Skyline and its critters. The life goes on there too.
It is a nice break from all that what is going on topside :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:58 pm

More crabs in our future. Red rock crabs mother releasing hers babies at Langley Harbor
while the Northern kelp crab mama still hanging onto hers at Skyline.
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and one adult which didn't get away
and one that did :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:28 am

Few critters from Skyline which don't move too fast. just like the traffic in Seattle on this snowy Monday...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:32 am

Few winter sea slugs from around the island.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:36 am

No problem finding these eggs, Wrinkled dogwinkle snails laying eggs all over the area, shallow and deep, from south to north.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:10 am

Smoothead sculpin at Keystone.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:16 am

Thanks,

Scallops. This what they look like before chefs get their hands on them. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Scubak » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:56 am

Jan,
Your pictures and pages are absolutely wonderful.
Time for another book...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:23 am

Keystone Diaries, January 28,2017
The waters around the jetty filled with divers.
I spotted the wide open mouth which usually means that Lingcod is either asking to be cleaned or actually being cleaned by Scalyhead sculpin. I swim for closer look and to my surprise, the cleaner is not a fish, but Grainyhand hermit crab. First for me. Unfortunately the crab did not like me to look over its shoulder and started to leave the job site.
Then I came across another Lingcod who is obviously neglecting his duty as the guardian of eggs...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:47 am

Keystone Lingcod diaries:
January 15. Only gravid females laying along the base and on jetty rocks.
January 26. Males attacking divers, sure sign of egg nest in the vicinity.
Notice how the shape of Lingcod's head changes in the last seconds of the attack. I call it the "Cobra" mode :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:15 am

If you ever wondered. Yes, slugs poop too :)
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