Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by YellowEye » Sun May 24, 2015 11:22 am

Agreed! Those scale crabs are cool!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon May 25, 2015 10:19 pm

Thanks Lynne, Eric.
Memorial Day weekend was favorable for diving, even if little bit early in the day and rather gray and gloomy above.
On Sunday only two divers, but today it was different story. Lots of divers, few came armed with spearguns to get their Lingcod,
more of us were shooting with cameras :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed May 27, 2015 4:14 pm

On Sunday there was guy fishing from rocky perch right over the kelp bed, casting into the choppy waters below.
The Kelp greenling I found was not his doing, but the many lost lures tangled on the kelp along with strung out descarted fishing lines attest that he is not alone who is trying to catch fish in that kind of environment... :(

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Catching fish,invertebrates and even occasional diver with a camera is always rewarding ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu May 28, 2015 5:45 pm

wrapping up the Memorial Day weekend photo shoot:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri May 29, 2015 2:19 pm

Adding a small and transparent critter to my list.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by ScubaJess » Fri May 29, 2015 2:51 pm

Wow super cool! I love Jellys!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat May 30, 2015 12:44 pm

Another first for me - Scalyhead sculpin eggs, guarded by the male inside an empty barnacle shell ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun May 31, 2015 7:02 am

Signs of the returning disease at Langley Harbor :eek:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:46 am

small school of new fish fry at Keystone:
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Post by Jan K » Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:34 pm

Snails scavengers on dead Buffalo sculpin
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:29 pm

Decorating is part of crab's life. At least there is a lot to choose from :)
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Post by LCF » Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:29 am

A decorator crab was the catalyst that made me fall in love with Puget Sound diving. On my 4th OW class dive, the instructor picked up a small one and let it crawl on his glove, and then handed it to me. I watched the graceful animal and was amazed . . . I haven't stopped feeling that way in the 10 years I've been diving here, and I still love decorator crabs.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:55 pm

Plankton soup = mostly bad visibility.
For the Red sea cucumbers:
Plankton soup = good eating ... :burntchef:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by LCF » Sat Jun 06, 2015 4:15 am

I love watching them feed. It enlivens low viz dives :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:56 pm

So far, all well at Coupeville among the sea stars there ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:03 pm

Can survive out of water, but so far I found them only underwater.
I never thought of looking for Cockscombs walking along the beach ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by YellowEye » Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:36 pm

Cool! I've seen lots of gunnels (crescent gunnels) under rocks when tide pooling at Alki Lighthouse. In fact they're so common, it seems there are way more under rocks than you ever see diving!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:23 am

The statistics from Seattle Times are quite unsettling ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tidepool Geek » Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:58 am

Hi Jan,

Great post & terrific photos as always!

For those interested, here are some background links:
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-new ... get-sound/ (The recent Times article)
http://www.int-res.com/articles/meps_oa/m525p153.pdf (The research paper on which the article is based)
http://www.int-res.com/articles/suppl/m525p153_supp.pdf (Data supplement to the research paper)

Ecologically yours,
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:57 pm

Thank you Alex for providing the links...
So much work went into the study from which I used only a small graphic table.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:49 pm

Monday morning dive at the Pass ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:48 am

Time to tend the eggs, the courtship is over, no more black fin displays, no more serenading ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Jun 14, 2015 3:01 pm

baby Oregonians entering the world at Keystone Jetty :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tangfish » Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:22 pm

So cool, Jan! We Washingtonians need to claim a few sea creature names to play catch up, soon.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:26 am

Thanks Calvin. Somewhere I read that gooye duck was a candidate :)

Little color from Keystone rocks:
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