Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:11 am

I cannot verify personally how long the crabs can survive inside the trap, but it always hurts to see them struggling inside the wire prison and the pickup line, which is supposed to lead up to the surface laying on the bottom, victim of poorly chosen location. The mooring cables which crisscross the waters below the floating docks are playing havoc with the trap pickup lines tied to the railing above and so many traps are abandoned as they are impossible to raise. :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:36 am

After re-posting memory page from three years ago, I revisited the pile of rock where I took the pictures of crowd of Saddleback gunnels.
To my delight, I found them there again. One of them obviously remembers me and it came out to say hi. :) :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:33 pm

Tidepool Geek wrote:On the Olympic Peninsula it seems that Six-Rays were somewhat less affected by SSWD than most of the larger species; I can't back this up with hard data but my sense is of a 50% mortality as opposed to 80%. As an aside, after a few years of being SSWD free, we've lost 3 or 4 stars over the last few months at the Feiro Center. Alex


The Six-Rays fared very well during the big die-off, overall, they are doing still well at Skyline.
However, I dived Langley yesterday and the Mottled and Ochre stars are starting to waste into piles of white globs again in large numbers :(

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:14 am

Hi Jan,

Terrific photos as always: Thanks & keep up the good work!

I don't know why but, no matter how many times I see it happening, I'm always surprised at how many things eat jellyfish.

Rockweed trivia: I've been told that the slimy stuff found in the rockweed's floats is essentially the same as aloe vera.

On the Olympic Peninsula it seems that Six-Rays were somewhat less affected by SSWD than most of the larger species; I can't back this up with hard data but my sense is of a 50% mortality as opposed to 80%. As an aside, after a few years of being SSWD free, we've lost 3 or 4 stars over the last few months at the Feiro Center.

Fannishly yours,
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:21 am

While the stormy weather rages over our area, here are some more tranquil scenes from the recent dives at Skyline.
Slugs, jellyfish, starfish and seaweed parade ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:56 pm

October 11th, Keystone Jetty dive. Some of the kelp is definitely marking the change of seasons, the Wrack kelp is almost completely covered with encrusting bryozoan, Bull kelp tangled stipes and missing the most of their blades. I am still puzzled by the new sprouting Bull kelp beneath the aging canopy ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:57 pm

Usually, when we talk about DMZ (Demiliterized Zone), we don't think about marine life, even less when the warring parties are somewhat limited in their movement, as are in this case the Aggregating anemones. But apparently, they do fight. I was lucky to see the combatants on my dive at Skyline. Here are some pictures from the battlefield. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:50 pm

Skyline, Fidalgo Island. Not great on visibility, but great on colors of its marine life.
And when the sun shines, pretty above the water as well.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:44 pm

Lots of Cross jellies in local waters now. Some carry hitchhikers...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:01 pm

Driftwood Park. The Cockscombs are hard to identify in the field, some guide books mention stripes on jaws for the Slender, but to differentiate between "Fleshy crest" and "Moderate Flashy Crest" to distinguish between the Slender and High Cockscomb sounds too subjective for me.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:20 am

Hi Curt, In the past, it did not take long for the Tritonia and Armina to show up and snack on sea pens. This time I did not see any slugs yet, but I would be not surprised if they do, and soon.

And because today is OCTOber EIGHT.
Happy World Octopus Day. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:02 pm

Jan: When the orange sea pens "take root", doesn't that lead to a herd of striped nudibranchs stampeding through, or have you noticed that the sea pens can survive in one location for some period of time?
-Curt :questionmarks:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:04 am

The rest of critter encounters from the Possession Point Fingers dive.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:03 pm

Thank you Jess, Happy weekend ! :)

Possession Point Fingers, Thursday dive. Hopefully the Orange sea pens are coming back.
So far only juveniles are gracing the scene...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:34 am

These are excellent!!! I love the Shrimp!!! Also I love your little guy hanging on the Kelp. He gave me a smile. :-)
Happy Friday!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:16 pm

Yesterday at Keystone Jetty, while swimming through the Bull kelp fores in the shallows, I noticed many new Bull kelp plants starting to rising up from the seafloor. What strikes me that it is only October, and I don't see new kelp until January, most of it coming up in March. October is time when the adult Bull kelp begins to break up, twisted and home to many Northern Kelp Crabs feasting on the aging plant. The seafloor now is still covered by other seaweed, so the new holdfasts are attached to that instead to rocks, therefore condemned to early death on the beach as soon as the flotation bulb becomes large enough to lift the lightweight seaweed too. :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:56 am

Regular sights at Skyline...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:33 pm

Mixed bag of critters from Keystone Jetty.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:20 pm

Beautiful snaps!!! It was soooo fun diving with you & Yelloweye! I really love the pic you made of me with the fish! I'm in my happy place under the sea! :-)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:49 am

Saturday dive at Deception Pass.
Scooter men, sponges, anemones, fishes, starfish = lots of color underwater, rain clouds moving in as we surfaced.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:45 pm

few more from Thursday dive at Deception Pass.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:07 pm

What a beautiful day. First message on Facebook this morning confirmed that I will not be alone diving the Deception Pass today. My friends Eric and Jessica taking advantage of what might be the last summer-like weather for while. And it was a worthwhile trip indeed, in spite of my problems with the camera strobes ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:59 am

Tangfish wrote:I just love your photos and illustrations, Jan, in case I haven’t let you know lately!
Every time I’m gingerly doing something with the Board’s database, this thread and Down the Memory Line are the two things I have in my head that cannot ever be lost!


Thank you for your kind words and also for providing a platform for sharing our underwater experiences with others... :supz:


Death and life - one supports the other. Keystone Jetty sample...
Fish, sea star and chiton.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tangfish » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:22 pm

I just love your photos and illustrations, Jan, in case I haven’t let you know lately!

Every time I’m gingerly doing something with the Board’s database, this thread and Down the Memory Line are the two things I have in my head that cannot ever be lost!


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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:46 am

Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Keystone Jetty time. Calm seas, plenty of sunshine and decent visibility.
I don't know how many times I dived here, I still enjoy it...
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