Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby whatevah » Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:57 am

Jan - those stars are beautiful aren't they? They are definitely near the top of my list of favorite critters. I've been wondering what you could possibly come up with to make them more interesting to look at and couldn't think of anything - but I should never have doubted you - your diver entangled in Basket Star arms is excellent! It made me laugh and reminded me of just how much fun I had that day.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:33 am

Not exactly Whidbey critters, but you can see Whidbey from here ...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:02 am

more from the Keystone dive..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:20 pm

After one month of diving elsewhere, I returned for a dive to Keystone, yes, still a great place to dive ...
I spotted something on the end of hydroid, not having Dusty's eagle eyesight I just pointed at it and hoped
for the best. Juvenile Dendronotus albus, which of course, I would never guess. I had help from the experts
on this one.. Couple adults were grazing nearby, much easier to spot..

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:05 pm

Ooh, I love vermilion rockfish. It's always such a lovely surprise to get down into dark, deep water, and suddenly come upon this brilliant red fish!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:46 pm

New look.. OK
I venture away a little bit from Whidbey Island to nearby waters of Gedney Island ..
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Sea pens

Postby Jan K » Wed Feb 27, 2008 10:19 pm

And from the hard to ID mussel to more colorful critters :
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Correction

Postby Jan K » Wed Feb 27, 2008 10:17 pm

OK, thanks Greg, I stay corrected - here is a California Mussel, it fooled me :pale:
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Postby Greg Jensen » Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:12 pm

Definitely not a rectus- wrong color, shape, texture and habitat. They live in sand and mud and are all or mostly buried. This looks like a big gnarly Mytilus californianus- usually not in the sound but not unheard of.

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Postby Jan K » Wed Feb 27, 2008 10:26 am

nwscubamom wrote:Hey! What happened to the poor Blood Star upside down on the bottom there? :) I noticed a lot of them last Saturday standing way high up on their legs....and we know what THAT means!! - Janna \:D/


:pale: the fallen star is probably my fault, trying to get different angle of the mussel. I don't thing THAT was so strenuous that it make it fall asleep afterwards..

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Postby nwscubamom » Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:08 am

They sure do look like rocks!

Hey! What happened to the poor Blood Star upside down on the bottom there? :) I noticed a lot of them last Saturday standing way high up on their legs....and we know what THAT means!!

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Straight mussel

Postby Jan K » Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:38 am

I agree, they are hard to see, who knows how many times in past years I passed over them. Even now, they look more like something in a salad bowl then slugs.
Here is another critter I had hard time to see. Not because it is small, actually this mollusk is larger then most mussels I've ever seen, it just looks like a piece of rock. What got my attention was the straight line intersecting that "rock" which is of course the opening, that separated the two halves..

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Postby Dusty2 » Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:46 pm

Good grief, Are you sre there's a critter there! I don't think I'd know it if I saw it.

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Postby nwscubamom » Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:51 pm

Good grief those are well-disguised!!!
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Postby Grateful Diver » Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:29 am

I gotta wonder how many of those things I've swam over and dismissed as a kelp leaf ... as usual, great pics, Jan ...

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Sapsuckers in love

Postby Jan K » Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:02 pm

Revisited Lagoon Point waters and found that not only the Hedgpeth"s Sapsuckers are still there, but that they are making sure that there be more of them in the future =D>

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Postby LCF » Sun Feb 24, 2008 4:00 pm

Oh, I love the way the cartoon blends into the photography on this one, Jan!

I've only done the Fingers twice, but neither time did we see a whole lot of life. The structure is interesting, though.
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Postby WylerBear » Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:36 pm

The Black & White Pens are so cool! Very nice shot.
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Postby John Rawlings » Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:11 pm

Great shots, Jan....as always!

You never know WHAT you will find on the "Fingers". Several years back my buddy, John Campbell, and I found one of the largest octopuses we have ever seen there in a huge clay cave. There was a stack of crab and clam shell debris cascading down from the mouth of the den that was darn near 6 feet deep!

Sometimes I have seen both the "Fingers" and the Ferry completely COVERED with both fish and invertegrate life, while at other times it is like there is no life on them at all....it all depends on the time of year.

I suspect that every site in the Sound is that way....it all just shows that we need to dive them as much as possible just to see what shows up!

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Possession Point Fingers

Postby Jan K » Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:31 pm

Not so far from the Possession Point ferry ( don't want to swim the distance between them), are the Possession Point Fingers. Somewhat different terrain, interesting formations, not so much sea life during my visit, but promising for sure...

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Postby Jan K » Sat Feb 23, 2008 3:57 pm

LCF wrote:Jan, how are you doing the Possession Point Ferry? With a charter, or your own boat, or how?


Even better then that, I found a friendly soul who lives on Whidbey, owns a boat and is willing to take me out :supz:

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Postby LCF » Sat Feb 23, 2008 9:46 am

Jan, how are you doing the Possession Point Ferry? With a charter, or your own boat, or how?
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Another visit

Postby Jan K » Sat Feb 23, 2008 8:24 am

It looks like February is trying to erase the memory of gloomy winter in my mind. I am diving a lot - which is great, but lagging behind with processing pictures - which is not so great... Another dive on the Possession Point ferry on Monday, when the weather was sooooo nice.

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Postby Grateful Diver » Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:28 am

Spectacular, as usual ... your diver is exactly what Cheng and I looked like on our second dive at Skyline Wall on Monday ... which is when I took that picture I'm currently using as an avatar ...

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Deception Pass

Postby Jan K » Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:11 am

President's weekend was such a beauty, the weather was perfect. We should have more of them, got enough ex- presidents to cover the year..:) And the tides were great too, so Deception Pass was just the right place to celebrate. I am still researching the name for this sponge, so as for now, the Finger sponge must suffice, even if it looks more like a Saguaro cactus then my hand... \:D/
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