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 Tangfish » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:04 am

Gorgeous colors!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by ScubaJess » Mon Nov 02, 2015 3:02 pm

really beautiful! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:31 pm

Thank you :)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:13 pm

Two nudibranch predators of sea pens :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:05 pm

Bull Kelp dying - definitely a sign that winter season is here...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Nov 08, 2015 7:49 am

Gunnels, gunnels everywhere ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tom Nic » Sun Nov 08, 2015 7:57 am

I LOVE Gunnel conventions!!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by YellowEye » Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:49 am

Nice! Haha, that padded sculpin just couldn't miss out on the fun!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by ScubaJess » Sun Nov 08, 2015 5:56 pm

Sooo many gunnels! That's fantastic! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tangfish » Sun Nov 08, 2015 7:34 pm

Ohmygod that is a lot of gunnels!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by oldsalt » Sun Nov 08, 2015 7:53 pm

Is such a gunnel group common? I have never seen it.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:09 pm

oldsalt wrote:Is such a gunnel group common? I have never seen it.
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Last year in September, I found them at the same rock pile under the same rock in large numbers. But rest of the year, they are not there.
I don't know, is it some mating thing with gunnels ?
They are not loners, but most of the time I see just few of them together ...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by YellowEye » Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:20 pm

I've seen big groups like this sometimes at 3 tree too under the corrugated pipes. But it has been many years.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:56 am

During my last week dive in Penn Cove, checking on the "Dead Zone" I found that many of the Cockle shells had juvenile crabs inside them.
So I looked it up since it was something new to me and found that there is a reason for it :burntchef: :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Nov 10, 2015 7:39 am

Egg Yolk Jelly and eggs :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Nov 12, 2015 6:30 am

Ratfish flyover from Keystone.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by YellowEye » Thu Nov 12, 2015 12:29 pm

So cool, Jan!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by ScubaJess » Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:21 pm

very fantastic! I love watching those guys!!!
Great shots from underneath! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by carlk3 » Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:10 pm

I love the way ratfish swim by flapping their fins like a bird.

Also, I find it cool that ratfish are first cousins to sharks. So, a goldfish is more closely related to a (land) rat than it is to a ratfish.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:19 pm

Crab feast
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:53 pm

I never seen Northern Kelp Crabs in crab trap. Maybe because the season seems endless this year and most Dungeness crabs are gone?
True, the hordes I used to see around the tire reef are not there now. :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:34 am

Some call it Flowers of the sea ( although,the are animals )
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Nov 16, 2015 7:11 am

1. Whidbey version of Botticelli.
2. Shrimps looking for Venus. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:51 pm

No wonder I struggle with IDs of some critters ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tangfish » Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:20 pm

Thanks for the continued education Jan! Wow, 500m deep. Those Breadcrumb Sponges sure have range.

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