Whidbey Island Critters

Fish & Invertebrate sightings and descriptions, hosted by resident NWDC ID expert Janna Nichols (nwscubamom).
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Sharkb8 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:30 pm

Great stuff as always Jan! Good running into you Saturday, glad you got your weight belt back. What depth is that fish eating anemone? I need to stay off the bottom looking for octos more often since it seems like there is some cool stuff up higher!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:08 am

Thanks Sharkb8, the anemone is in about 20 feet depth right around the end of jetty.

Sea star survey, Skyline dive, March 17th. No wasting observed.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:38 am

Jan: You saw no wasting, but were any pycnopodia present?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tangfish » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:05 pm

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This Gumboot Chiton is so cute, Jan! I can hear howling at the moon when I look at that photo.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:58 am

Curt: No Pycnopodia sighted in long time here on Whidbey. Divers do find them in Hood Canal these days.

Calvin : It is quite a sight, because of their size. However, their howling at the moon is coming out of their posterior ! :rofl:

Few of the Skyline sculpins...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:30 am

Not all Skyline critters look cute and huggable :)
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Post by ScubaJess » Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:39 pm

I think it's cute!!! Lol I love his colors! Nice work Jan :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:35 pm

I thought i knew something about clamworms. It seems that what I knew is now wrong. Thanks, Jan :rawlings:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:47 am

Lagoon Point, March 16.
Searching for sea slugs, finding them in unlikely places, such as hull of a boat ... Others on muck bottom and dock pilings.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:51 pm

Wow. A monograph describing Salish Sea life dating back to 1845-55.The timing is amazing when you consider the Denny's started building a log cabin at the site that became Seattle in 1851 and Isaac Ebey arrived at Whidbey Island in 1850. Published studies of marine life existed prior to any significant settlements. A testament to human curiosity.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:43 am

It is so exciting to find a new critter. One of many reasons to dive as often as possible, even the same location visited many times before. One never knows what is waiting to be discovered. Yes, it is "only" a tiny slug, but many of my diving friends will know what I mean... :) It might not be rare, but it is special to me, I never seen one before.
So here I introducing my new find : Branched Sapsucker.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Scubie Doo » Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:47 am

So cool Jan! What a beautiful critter. I’ve never seen one either.


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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tangfish » Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:21 pm

Gorgeous, hope to see one someday!

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