Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:43 am

Gdog wrote:Jan I can't believe you dove that! Yuk!

Yup, Yuk is the right word...

On Sunday dive among the Keystone pilings and current ride along the rope trail, I met Pacific octopus before it becomes a Giant :)
And a pair of mating Monterey dorids .
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:54 pm

Jan I can't believe you dove that! Yuk!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:57 pm

Thanks Gdog.

While diving, we never know what kind of encounter is awaiting us once we descend into the watery world.
This encounter borders on the unnatural. Welcome to the DEAD ZONE :eek:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:30 pm

Awesome stuff!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:15 am

Getting up at five in the morning to go diving on a cloudy, cold morning might not be something normal people would consider fun. But because I am not claiming to be normal and there was no wind or rain in the forecast (unlike so many times this winter), I revisited Skyline on Fidalgo Island only to find murky water. Well, at least I found lots of baby sea stars.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:00 pm

Lagoon Point. Another worm. Do you like Spaghetti ? :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:42 am

Having "Slime" in you name doesn't trigger visions of beauty, but I think they are not ugly.
Unless you touch them and they retreat into their slimy cocoons.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:54 am

It looks like a little tree, but it is an animal ! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:45 pm

Diomedes' aglaja. One of the slugs I don't find often. It is not rare, I just don't much dive muddy bottoms.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:51 pm

With all that rain and wind, I feel stuck. It is a slow day. Barnacle kind of day.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:10 am

WOW! Crazy cool and kinda scary :)
Live Long And Prosper!!!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:11 am

Thank you Alex. After taking many, many pictures of the Leafy hornmouth and its interesting egg capsules, this was the first time I managed to get picture of the capsule BEFORE it gets placed into the bundle.

And on the lighter note:
First came Daylight Savings Time, then came more rain and now the Kelp crab turned into a carnivore.
Oh, the horrors ! :)
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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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