Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:19 pm

That Nudibranch is gorgeous!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:32 am

Another amazing story from nature.
The capability of small sea cucumber to eviscerate and then regrow its internal organs.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:04 pm

Lovin those nudi pics!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:31 am

Skyline Wall, September 14 & 15. Searching out the little nudibranch, Doto amyra.
Now that I know what to look for, it is so much easier to find them ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:49 am

Some pics from Keystone Jetty dive. Still not 100% sure if I saw red Longfin gunnel or Red gunnel. :) Also the Japanese wireweed is now kind of messy seafloor covering instead of standing forest.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:31 am

While walking the Double Bluff beach on low tide, I return to the "First 9 inches Underwater" activity, searching the tide pools for critters ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:43 am

oldsalt wrote:I wish regeneration worked for people. My right hand has stayed the same for nearly 50 years.
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Maybe you need to spend more time underwater ! :) :) :)

Skyline fishies.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:41 pm

I wish regeneration worked for people. My right hand has stayed the same for nearly 50 years.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:54 am

Thank you Gdog.

And since we are on the subject of regrowing parts of bodies, the sea stars are the masters...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:50 pm

Wow great stuff Jan! And I love the octo story!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:05 am

Thank you Jess, I think the octo decided that I am too old to taste any good :)

Can a crab regrow a claw?
YES, it can.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:59 am

WOW cool! So glad you weren't Octo food!!! :) nice work getting the picture... I love your drawing on this one!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:39 am

Testing the # 2 rule:
Unexpected encounter at Skyline. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:02 am

Adding another new critter to my list. Doto amyra, a very, very tiny nudibranch ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:33 am

Who doesn't like candy? And this one isn't bad for your teeth :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:39 am

I am starting to process pictures from recent dives, here are few more from the Labor Day weekend.
I don't find Ghost anemones anywhere else on Whidbey Island, there are plenty of Scalyhead and Buffalo sculpins, finding them resting on nudibranchs - not so often.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:09 am

Wrapping up the underwater scenery I enjoyed during my brief visit to British Columbia.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby H20doctor » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:22 pm

I love the sea angel. !!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:18 am

Slugs I found in April Point marina, Quadra Island.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:32 pm

That is so disheartening. So sad. Thank you for the report, Jan.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:42 am

After one month absence, I returned to Langley Harbor and found wasting sea stars underway in vast numbers, mainly the Mottled (Evasterias troschelii) and Ochre ( Pisaster ochraceus). Also none of the juvenile Pycnopodias were nowhere to be seen. The visibility in the shallows was only few feet, so the survey above the 20 foot thermocline was limited for swim through on entry and exit swim. The wasting seems to affect adult and juveniles, so at least here at Langley, immunity developed by the new generation of stars is not evident. The whole experience is very depressing as pieces of starfish are all over the place. :( :( :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:55 am

Thank you Vjw.

Clinging jellyfish. Happy to add it to my list of new critters encountered on my dives.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Vjw » Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:26 am

Such beautiful pictures!! And great news!!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:54 am

Even in the waters fa away from home, I could not resist to check on the health of sea stars in the Quadra Island area.
To my delight, I did not find any signs of the Sea Star Wasting Disease.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:05 am

More underwater sights from April Point marina on Quadra Island where we docked for few days.
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