Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:33 pm

This what I would rather see at Langly with those eggs
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:25 pm

Zen Diver 2 wrote:Jan, I LOVE your avatar! It's perfect! :supz: -Valerie


Thank you Valerie, I just had to add something to celebrate the NWDC new look !

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Zen Diver » Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:10 pm

Jan, I LOVE your avatar! It's perfect! :supz:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:20 pm

We returned to the Gedney Island barges for another dive. After some research I found that they were used as breakwater protection for the harbor. There were total of five barges, although not all of them floating there at the same time. Like the tire breakwater design from not so distant Langley, they became a welcome home for sea creatures and an interesting place to dive ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:01 pm

Comparing to past seasons,this year Langley Tire Reef did not do too well in the Lingcod egg mass department. In spite of the No Fishing for Lingcod season, they seem to be disappearing from their nesting sites... And without the guardian male, the eggs are doomed... :pale:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:07 pm

Great info Jan, Seems mother nature has no lack of cleanup crews! Recycling is the key word. Little if nothing goes to waste in the natural world.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:00 pm

Eat and be eaten..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:10 am

Great post Jan! (...although you just shot the family nature of this board all to heck) :laughing3:

Hmmm.... lends new meaning to the term "right handed". =D>
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Zen Diver » Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:30 am

Jan K wrote:
Thanks, BTW, how is your hand healing? Must be hard not to be able to dive...


Hurts a bit more than anticipated but thankfully is most noticeable only at night. Cast comes off in 2.5 weeks and then the real work of rehab for it begins :pale: Hopefully back in the water by end of May (ish). First time since I started diving that my gear has not only been completely DRY, but also STOWED :-({|= On the other hand, I've been able to finally get caught up on dive mags and other reading, and have had time for loads of movies, so I guess it's not all bad (and, I just finished my taxes and the return is paying for cave training this fall, so I'm excited!).

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:14 am

Zen Diver 2 wrote:I love the looks on the "afterglow" smoking nudi's; hilarious! Thanks Jan, you've made my day :supz:

Thanks, BTW, how is your hand healing? Must be hard not to be able to dive...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Zen Diver » Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:05 am

I love the looks on the "afterglow" smoking nudi's; hilarious! Thanks Jan, you've made my day :supz:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby John Rawlings » Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:43 am

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:27 am

And to brighten your weekend, little bit of hanky panky by the clowns at Keystone ...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:28 pm

Greg Jensen wrote:The interaction between the ribbon worm and the tube worm looks very interesting- if he's attacking it, I would think the tubeworm would have retracted. There is a local snail (Trichotropis) that steals food from tubeworms by sucking it out just as it is about to go in the mouth, and does it without causing the worm to retract. I wonder if the worm is doing something similar. Was his proboscis out? Was he in contact with the worm?


Good observation Greg. Unfortunately, my P&S camera is lousy autofocus machine in macro mode and none of the closeups came out. I was surprised that the tubeworm, which readily disappears when I try to take picture and it senses the focusing beam would stay out while this worrm had its head right in the smack of its plume. And yes, the long pink proboscis was out, I wish I had a better picture to show it.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Greg Jensen » Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:19 pm

The interaction between the ribbon worm and the tube worm looks very interesting- if he's attacking it, I would think the tubeworm would have retracted. There is a local snail (Trichotropis) that steals food from tubeworms by sucking it out just as it is about to go in the mouth, and does it without causing the worm to retract. I wonder if the worm is doing something similar. Was his proboscis out? Was he in contact with the worm?

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:03 am

No, Jan, I don't think any of us ever get tired of your pages. And if you look back over them, you can also see that what you've done has evolved over time. The latest pages, with the over/under shots, the incorporation of the charts and the photos of the ships, or the sonar images, are much more complex, and you continue to pack more and more visual information in your posts.

One of these days I am going to figure out how to get a publisher interested in what you are doing.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:48 pm

Yes John, I would like to go back too, so far I saw only a small portion of it. Unfortunately, it takes a boat to get there :crybaby:
But I did get to go on another boat dive last Sunday, checking out new territory at Saratoga Passage on the east side of Whidbey Island. It was cold, but vis was pretty good.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby John Rawlings » Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:54 pm

Thanks for posting the shots of Gedney Reef, Jan! I haven't dived there since my buddy sold his boat a few years back. That reef is HUGE and just keeps going and going in a series of big piles. One of my favorite things to do was to peer off into the murk looking for a bright spot - that bright spot would always be yet ANOTHER huge rock pile covered with Plumose anemones.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:07 pm

LCF wrote:Beautiful, as usual, Jan!

Thank you, I do appreciate the feedback. Sometimes I think maybe I am just posting more of the same stuff, over and over again.... :dontknow:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Tue Apr 01, 2008 9:56 am

Beautiful, as usual, Jan!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:59 am

Another visit to nearby Gedney Reef, rain with snow mixed in with some white caps on the surface made for an interesting trip, but once below, visibility was great and scenery nice.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:00 pm

They use ingested microscopic stinging capsules, known as nematocysts, from the tissue of animals in the phylum Cnidaria, which includes hydroids, fire corals, anemones and corals. Nudibranchs are immune to the toxins, as the digest developing capsules which are yet unable to fire, they are transferred to a tip of each cerata called cnidosac. The cnidosac connects directly to the digestive system. There the immature nematocysts continue to mature until they become an active stinging defence of the host. :book:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:37 pm

Do the shaggy mouses (mice?) eat plumose anemones? I didn't know that.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:24 pm

Shaggy Mouse nudibranchs are out in numbers at Langley, their shaggy coats protecting them from the cold water... :axe:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:21 pm

With snow falling in late March, our Pacific Northwest waters looks hardly like a place for coral. But you don't have to travel to the tropics (even if it does sound very, very inviting in our present weather conditions). Deception Pass for one, is a place where Orange Cup Coral can be found in numbers, sharing space with similar looking Proliferating Anemone. When I say similar, I mean for somebody with my eyesight and weak light source ... :pale:
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