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

Gorgeous, hope to see one someday!

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Post by oldsalt » Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:17 pm

Congratulations on a new species. In birding circles, it would be referred to as a "lifer", that is a new one to add to your life list.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:16 pm

Two weeks of of isolation from the underwater realm, time to moisten the gills. Since the Keystone Underwater Park is closed, I settle for the nearby Driftwood Park, just outside the eastern border of the Fort Casey State Park. Checking on the occupants of Driftwood Park Toilet Reef. It felt good to be diving again, got to space my dives carefully, my dive shop is closed and I got only so many full tanks left ...
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Post by Jan K » Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:22 am

Spawning of Red Sea Cucumbers continues. Driftwood Park observation: Spawning doesn't interfere with eating...
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Post by Jan K » Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:24 am

Langley Harbor, April 7, 2020. Sea star wasting survey. Unfortunately, after few months of clean health, I found two Ochre stars wasting. Lots of Pink stars, two very small Sunflower stars, leather and Mottled stars so far healthy. Invasion of barnacles, probably good source of food for the sea stars...
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Post by Jan K » Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:37 am

Easter eggs, courtesy of Painted Greenling. Langley Harbor, April 7. Three batches, every one of them laid by a different female and now in various stages of development. Male guardian nestled in field of Featherduster worms.
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Post by Jan K » Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:53 am

Few more from the Langley Harbor dive.
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Post by Scubak » Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:35 am

Jan, I love the Pygmy Rock Crab...so cute. Thanks for posting your pics. So nice to have something to look at while we are enduring this time.
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Post by Jan K » Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:07 am

Driftwood Park. The driftwood debris from the December 2018 storm still litters the surface and the bottom of the ponds.
School of Sticklebacks find a shelter in the shallows beneath the logjam.
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Post by oldsalt » Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:43 am

Jan: I often see bufflehead, mergansers, and other fish-eating diving birds swimming on that pond. Now I know what they are looking for, and I realize why the fish hide under the logs. I wonder how those spines feel on the throat as the birds swallow the fish.
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Post by Jan K » Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:01 am

Of course, there must be a discarded toilet to complete the underwater scene at Driftwood Park.
Also, somebody dumped some Pacific oysters into the mix...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:57 am

More critters from the pond. The almost transparent ones. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Tidepool Geek » Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:24 am

Hi Jan,

Thanks as always for the excellent photographs but thanks especially for finding the https://www.vichighmarine.ca/ website!

Appreciatively yours,
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