Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:11 pm

Dead man's fingers, somewhat unflattering name for an algae ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by nwscubamom » Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:16 am

In the new REEF invertebrate monitoring program for the Northeast US & Canada, Dead Man's Fingers (Codium fragile - same species) is included. Another name for it is 'Oyster Thief' - when this plant grows on an oyster or scallop shell, (instead of the bottom habitat), it can become buoyant, and lift the oyster or scallop up in midwater, which eventually kills the mollusk. :(
It's an invasive species for their coast, and was first spotted there in 1957. It's now spread and is quite prolific, and is a pain for boat owners and beachcombers.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:25 am

The bad news is here. Signs of the Sea Star Wasting Syndrome are now appearing again in Langley, the only site on Whidbey with abundance of sea stars ( besides Penn Cove where only the Mottled stars thrive).
So far, Sunflower stars, still small, are the only species unaffected. At this time, vast majority of the wasting stars appear in shallower part of the harbor in depth of 10- 30 feet .
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:41 am

Even with fish eye lens, the plankton soup in which this swarm of Fried eggs jellies swim made it impossible to show, how large the congregation actually was. And then, as I was trying to switch mode from Manual to video, the ring on top of the camera which controls the modes fell off and the camera was stuck in "art" with no sync to the strobes and ridicules shutter speed setting.
So I got just few pictures of the jellies from that dive ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:09 pm

Another tide cycle at Deception Pass. Still not tired of it :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by bradmond » Sat Jun 27, 2015 12:24 am

Glad your not tired of it. Looks like you're running fast with your fins on to put out that fire. Good job.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:35 pm

More from the two days at the Pass. 12-50mm lens on Monday, 8mm wide angle on Wednesday.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:07 am

How do you perform Heimlich Maneuver on fish ?
This youngster Copper rockfish looks like it could use it.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:36 am

I was hoping not to see this again, but the morbid scenes on wasting stars is reoccurring again here in Langley.
It is depressing... :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by LCF » Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:56 am

You know, as I recall, the ochre stars were hit less hard and later than the sunflower stars, the first time around. I wonder if there were susceptible individuals who survived the first plague and are now getting sick, as opposed to the sunflower stars, where anything that survived was pretty resistant.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:52 pm

There was hope that the new stars will be more resilient. But now when I see that even the new ones dying , I am really worried. Where will the next generation come from if the new ones die off before they are old enough to spawn :(

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:53 pm

Little fun with algae and the internet :)
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Post by verrinne » Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:49 pm

Jan K wrote:Little fun with algae and the internet :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:13 pm

No I am not biologist of anything, but I would like to play with the dolphins .
So looking at algae is what I do when nothing else shows up during my dive :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by verrinne » Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:36 pm

Ok
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:42 am

Are you one of us ? :)
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Post by verrinne » Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:12 am

Yes but im normally looking at the ground for cool little creatures and rocks. My uncles a geologist
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Jul 11, 2015 7:56 am

And back to Deception Pass. The currents were stronger and the slack much shorter this time around ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by YellowEye » Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:13 am

Nice Jan!
Cool find on that sea spider, I haven't heard of that one before!
Very interesting about that RIL!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by ScubaJess » Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:08 pm

Great pics Jan! Those Sculpins & RIL are so fun to watch! Also cool sea spiders. Not sure why they are so cool under water but freak me out on land?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Sat Jul 11, 2015 4:42 pm

Jan, It seems to me that the Irish Lord changes its color to match the background. Your picture is consistent with my conjecture. Have you noticed the same thing?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:38 pm

oldsalt wrote:Jan, It seems to me that the Irish Lord changes its color to match the background. Your picture is consistent with my conjecture. Have you noticed the same thing?
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Yes Curt, I noticed how different they look on the south end of Whidbey, Possession Fingers don't even come close to the color riot of Deception Pass.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:58 am

Most of my encounters with Ratfish were on the bottom, This one at Keystone accompanied me at the surface...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Scubie Doo » Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:26 pm

Wow, Jan that is really cool. I've been trying to get that photo from underneath the ratfish for several years. I love it :)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:09 pm

Scubie Doo wrote:Wow, Jan that is really cool. I've been trying to get that photo from underneath the ratfish for several years. I love it :)

Thanks, it was fun to swim along, not sure what the fish was up to, not much to eat where it was ...

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