Whidbey Island Critters

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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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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:14 am

oldsalt wrote:I don't see Pycnapodia among the seastars in your shots of Deception Pass. Are they there?
-Curt


No, Pycnopodia is the one sea star which has the hardest time to recover. I see few juveniles at Langley, but not at Deception Pass or Possession Fingers. I found four adults at Keystone.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:14 am

I don't see Pycnapodia among the seastars in your shots of Deception Pass. Are they there?
-Curt
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:26 am

Hi Jan,

That 'colorizing' panel was very neat!

Question - In the areas you survey, are you seeing the number of stars (especially juveniles) growing?

Appreciatively yours,
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:04 am

Deception Pass. First dive in 2017. It is still my favorite site :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:39 pm

False Jingles. Very common, but often overlooked by underwater photographers in favor of other bivalves such as scallops, mussels and clams.
(At least I don't see many photos of them posted).
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:30 am

I am Hedgpeth's Sapsucker and I do live underwater :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:30 am

Skyline, Fidalgo Island. Enjoyable above and below the water.
Forest trail follows the shore where we dive.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:09 pm

I know you will get some superb slug eyes, I am looking forward to see them !

It looks like the empty shells of Giant barnacle are made for the place to lay Kelp greenling eggs.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Scubie Doo » Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:47 pm

No way! Never knew that. A new super macro subject :)


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