Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by LCF » Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:56 am

I love the fact that the genus name is Bougainvillia . . .

I think one of the light bulb moments for me in diving was when I realized that almost nothing I saw was a) a plant, or b) just debris. It's almost all alive, if you look closely enough. And thanks to these pages, we can ALL look closely enough!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:36 am

LCF wrote:I think one of the light bulb moments for me in diving was when I realized that almost nothing I saw was a) a plant, or b) just debris. It's almost all alive, if you look closely enough.


Exactly, you nailed it. My last two tiny critters, the jelly and the hydroid are not even in Andy's "Marine Life of the PNW".
It is not that I discovered any new species, but I discovered it for myself. And who knows what discoveries are still
waiting ...
This one isn't rare or tiny, but I seldom found them out in the open around the sites I normally dive.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by LCF » Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:49 am

It's funny -- brittle stars are relatively uncommon here, but I've been on dive sites in Southern California where they were piled several deep.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:43 am

another boring post...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tom Nic » Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:16 am

Nope. Not boring.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by LCF » Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:50 pm

Jan, you have NEVER put up a boring post. Every single one educates me about the things I see, and often disregard.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by GearHead » Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:13 pm

I saw quite a few brittle stars along the north boundary line at Cove 2 today. They were around 65 ft deep and nestled in the bottom vegetation. After I spotted the first, I started seeing them all over.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:30 am

Flabellina showing off its hood ornament :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tom Nic » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:29 am

Wow! Amazing capture! How many happy hours underwater looking close before one is privileged to see this!? Thanks for taking us on the journey.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:36 am

Thank you Tom, yes, you are right, the hours we spend underwater are happy hours indeed.
Divers are lucky, we can meet big AND little stars without going to Hollywood :rofl:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:12 pm

Jan: I noticed the time you posted this. Wow, my friend, do you ever sleep?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:16 pm

Who wants to sleep when there is still so much to see ? So much to learn ? :) :rofl:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by dwashbur » Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:07 am

It looks like an underwater wasp nest. Yikes!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tom Nic » Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:17 am

dwashbur wrote:It looks like an underwater wasp nest. Yikes!


+1

Or something out of the movie Alien.

Perhaps it is the word 'flea' that makes those close ups vaguely creepy at a primal level.

Fascinating as always Jan!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by LCF » Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:30 pm

Jan, that's mindblowing. I thought the colonial tubeworms my friend introduced me to in SoCal were weird, but these are far stranger.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:18 pm

The beauty of diving. Never knowing what we find.
Now back to the more common critters encountered at my favorite dive site.
Got my color fix Wednesday and Thursday, sharing the water with army of fishermen... :)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by LCF » Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:16 am

I am almost ridiculously excited about doing that dive later this month.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:58 am

LCF wrote:I am almost ridiculously excited about doing that dive later this month.


I sure hope it works out for you. It is a special place, at least for me.
Here are some more from last two dives there...
The first day I took my macro and second day the fisheye for wide angle, for the visibility was still not that great
But better then all summer, when the Pass didn't warrant a second day dive.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:02 pm

I had an interesting encounter with Lingcod trying to chomp down a rather large
Starry Flounder. As I was watching, from distance I saw a Sunflower Star homing
in fast. Amazing sight...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by LCF » Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:45 pm

Jan, you simply see the most utterly amazing things . . . and get them on camera, which is even more astonishing!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:49 pm

Since even the seagulls were not interested in the dead fish on the beach,
I decided that it might not be something I want to bring home as a trophy.
So I took the salmon in my left hand, clutching camera in right hand and off
I went to have fun with a dead fish especially when the visibility at Keystone
is still "craptic" :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tom Nic » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:08 pm

:rofl: :rofl:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Desert Diver » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:37 pm

Shouldn't you loan your dive buddies a tank and mask?

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Scott G » Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:25 pm

Jan, this is hilarious! I can see the smile on the other side if the camera. Thanks.

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