Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:19 pm

Thanks for all of your work Jan! You are the BEST!!!!!!!!!! :)
I hope they can figure out how to save the stars!
Live Long And Prosper!!!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:13 pm

I was glad to help out with collecting sea stars for the ongoing research project to find answers to the Sea Star Wasting Disease puzzle. After the stars were transported from Langley Harbor to the US Geological Survey facility on Marrowstone Island on Monday, I followed them on Tuesday. Taking the ferry to Port Townsend where Elliot Walter Jackson picked me up and after short stop at North Beach, we drove to the USGS Marine Station located on the Marrowstone Point. I got a tour of the facility and said hello to all the Langley stars which looked quite content with their new home. As bonus I got to talk to some friendly scientists doing research on fish disease prevention.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:51 pm

I was not the only one taking pictures on Thursday and Friday at the Deception Pass.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:28 pm

At Deception Pass, Friday was even more beautiful, weather-wise. Little more current than yesterday., but not bad at all.
The sun was shining, it finally really felt like Spring. Here are some of the slugs from the dive.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:26 pm

Thursday April 20. Deception Pass. The low tide is just a hair higher than the high tide !
Tide Deception Pass St. Park, Bowman Bay, Fidalgo I.
April 20, 2017 48.4150° N, 122.6517° W
07:36 PDT 5.26 feet Low Tide
10:41 PDT 5.25 feet High Tide
Loooong slack = easy dive :supz:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:50 am

Skyline wall revisited. The sea cucumbers are feeding, the colors are back. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:57 pm

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:56 pm

Langley Harbor. I am seeing more and more of these "exotic" tunicates.
So far, they are just little islands of color on pilings...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:53 am

The Coupeville wharf is located near the Penn Cove Shellfish Farm.
So it should not be a surprise, that mussels are plentiful here, much to the delight of sea stars and some small Graceful cancer crabs.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:58 am

Very small crabs, parasitic snails, three siphon clam, all on one dive. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:11 am

With more daylight, the seaweeds and Bull kelp are growing fast in the shallows of Keystone.
It will not take long before we get our kelp forest back.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:43 am

Winkled dogwinkle snails at Keystone. In January, hundreds of them congregated on the jetty rocks.
Four months later, baby snails are crawling out from the field of capsules they left behind.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:54 pm

Scuba Fashion Police ? :)
Looks like my friend Jack got little surprise when he came out this afternoon at Keystone.
I took his picture on Tuesday and he looked just fine to me :) :rofl:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:23 am

Two from the seemingly unremarkable realm of muck.
They too have a place in the ecosystem. The shipworm not so welcome in our marine oriented construction.
Also known as the "Worm that Sunk Thousand Ships".
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:38 am

The skies above Whidbey Island are still stormy.
The world beneath the waves still provides escape from the drudgery above.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:28 am

Northern Kelp Crabs rivalry on the rocks of Keystone Jetty.
Three males and one female. It is all pincers and legs, pinching and jousting while the female hangs upside down beneath her suitor.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:46 pm

The Skyline is one place where the Six-rayed stars thrive. So it is where one can see Six-rayed with more and less rays (arms) quite frequently. And now is the time of year when the babies are going away to live without mama to care of them :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:37 pm

Most sea stars in Whidbey Island water release their gametes into the water column as their way to reproduce. However two species
of small sea stars brood their babies until they crawl out from the safety of their mother's underside ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:54 pm

Cucumbers. The ones under the sea.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:58 am

Before the wind storm hits later today -
here are few more scenes of critters and their habitat from Tuesday and Wednesday dives at Deception Pass.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:52 am

Return to the Pass. Of course, the undisputed Lord of the Pass Jack was there too.
Nobody has more dives in these waters, I think he dove the Pass before the bridge was even built. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:19 am

At Langley. many female Red Rock Crabs carrying eggs.
And a Poacher. Not a pan for cooking eggs or a person who hunts game or fish illegally. Pygmy Poacher - a fish :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:11 am

Langley Harbor slugs. Large and small.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:48 am

Update on Whidbey sea stars, end of March.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:09 am

Muck dive at Lagoon Point produced slugs which I don't encounter anywhere else in Whidbey Island waters. All very small and I had hard time to tell what is head and what is tail on the Diomedes' aglaja. I found quite a number of them floating in mid-water. Strange behavior for a slug living under the mud...
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