Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:26 pm

The forecast for Thursday called for sunshine. (Finally). Instead, a tornado touched down at Monroe, and plenty of clouds over Whidbey, with some sun-breaks. In short, diving weather. Lately I am trying to to show not only the critters I come across during my dive, but also a wide angle shot showing the environment in which I found them. And tomorrow, instead of diving, I am going to visit the Scuba & H2O Adventures show in Tacoma. Hope to see some of you there. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:30 am

From the world of creeping or burrowing invertebrates with long, slender, soft bodies and no limbs.
The unusual reproductive way of the Necklace worms.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:19 am

Winter is over! New crop of seaweeds is covering the shallows of Keystone, the forest of Bull kelp is climbing up toward the surface.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:45 am

Keystone Pilings and Jetty, little bit of color on a gray Saturday morning.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:50 am

Last of the scenic shots from last week dives at the Pass.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:35 am

Wolf-eel and Plainfin midshipman are not a common sight at Deception Pass.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:02 am

The currents. They are what makes the Deception Pass such interesting place to dive. Feeding the innumerable amount of marine life thrive by providing flyby food, and so providing diver with plenty photo opportunities. One of them was the spawning of Vancouver Feather-duster worms...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:02 am

Few more from the Deception Pass...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:40 pm

I am falling behind with processing photos, today I did yet another, this week third day of diving the Deception Pass. So the load is getting bigger with every dive and I seem to enjoy taking pictures more than working with them on the computer. But, it is better that being stuck in the darkroom with stinky chemicals. Here are few more pages of what is to see under the bridge ...
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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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