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Postby Joshua Smith » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:21 pm

JAN! PUT YOUR REG BACK IN YOUR MOUTH! YOU'RE JUST NARC'ED!!!
THAT NUDI DOESN'T LIKE YOU "THAT WAY!"

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Postby Joshua Smith » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:15 pm

John Rawlings wrote:Simply gorgeous work, Jan, as always! I'm SO glad that you share your art with us here!

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Ditto. I must say, I'm no genius when it comes to identifying life forms underwater, but more than half of the ones I can ID, I learned from this thread right here. I love your work, and your playfull sense of humor, Jan! Thanks for sharing it with us!
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Golden Dirona

Postby Jan K » Fri Sep 21, 2007 4:50 pm

Finally found Golden Dirona on Whidbey Island. Always happy to add another critter to my list of locals. \:D/

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Postby LCF » Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:08 pm

Oh, glad to see you went and tried the dive there! Those are amazing fields of sea pens, aren't they?
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Striped nudibranch

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:51 pm

OK I have to admit that when it comes to nudibranchs, it is always love at first sight ...

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Postby Tom Nic » Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:04 pm

Ah, were all our Sundays slow ones... and as beautiful as yours!

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Painted anemone

Postby Jan K » Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:50 pm

It was a slow Sunday for me at the Keystone Jetty ...

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Canary Rockfish

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 15, 2007 11:00 am

I went back to Keystone and tried to get some more pictures of the new inhabitants there, the Canaries did not want to cooperate - got more of the infamous TAIL photos :bootyshake:

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Canary Rockfish

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:59 am

I went back to Keystone and tried to get some more pictures of the new inhabitants there, the Canaries did not want to cooperate - got more of the infamous TAIL photos :bootyshake:

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Bladderclam

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:00 pm

From the fishes to clams. And tunicates. The fight for space and dominance in the rich habitat Keystone Jetty provides, there are some critters which are not as spectacular and colorful like some of the fish there, but I find them interesting, nevertheless. Presenting a Bladderclam versus White Glove Leather :axe:

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and fight with Lobed tunicate:
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Postby LCF » Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:08 am

Yes, this thread is one I open every time I come here, to see if Jan has added anything new!
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Postby Tom Nic » Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:48 am

John Rawlings wrote:Simply gorgeous work, Jan, as always! I'm SO glad that you share your art with us here!

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Agreed! :prayer: I find myself eagerly awaiting each new installment. Beauty is good for the soul, and you take beautiful pictures of beautiful stuff then do beautiful (and usually humorous) things with them!

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Postby Jan K » Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:41 am

Thank you John. As this last posting shows, I gain from posting too, as my critter ID need some help at times #-o
So here is work in progress - the sometimes look alike Rockfish ..
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Postby John Rawlings » Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:42 am

Simply gorgeous work, Jan, as always! I'm SO glad that you share your art with us here!

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Postby Jan K » Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:22 am

Tom, you are probably right. The reason I put the "reddish" one with Coppers, is that I posted it once on different forum and was told:
Quote: "If i remember correct the reddish coppers used to be considered a different species... known commonly as "california coppers" but have since been lumped together in S. caurinus."
And there is another ID error. The one I suspected of being new variety at Keystone is actually Canary Rockfish, new specie I am adding to my list of Whidbey Critters. Thanks to Janna... So there is never a dull moment under the surface.. :bounce:

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Postby Tom Nic » Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:19 pm

I would call the one in the lower right hand corner of your Coppers a Brown based on the indistinctiveness of the lateral line.

But that's just me.... :-)
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Rockfish

Postby Jan K » Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:56 pm

On my last dives at Keystone Jetty, I came across some strikingly different colored rockfish. Not hundred percent positive, but I still think they are variation of Coppers. The one in question, is the first upper one of the four pictured. :book:

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And Black Rockfish too:
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Postby Tom Nic » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:54 pm

Beautiful pics Jan! I love the colors on the Painted Greenlings! Nice clarity as well. =D>

I wonder if there is a "timing logic" to the breeding? By that I mean, would the greenlings at Langley breed on their own timetable, or could we expect the Painted Greenlings down in our neck of the woods in South Sond to be breeding as well?

Curious if anyone has knowledge of this.
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Painted Greenlings

Postby Jan K » Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:16 pm

The romance is still going on at Keystone Jetty, breeding colors displayed proudly by some of the Painted Greenling pairs.

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Postby Zen Diver » Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:53 am

The egg ribbons always look like knit cuffs to me. Great shots Jan!

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Noble dorids

Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:25 am

Inside the jetty rocks, Noble dorids are busy creating new generation of yellow slugs :bounce:

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Postby Tom Nic » Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:00 pm

They sure are gnarly looking critters! :rr:
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Plainfin Midshipman

Postby Jan K » Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:53 pm

From the murky waters of Langley Tire Reef -

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Postby LCF » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:33 am

Bob and I dove Deception Island last year, and I remember laughing my head off at the number of scallops that flapped off in terror at Bob's approach. They remind me of possessed dentures . . .
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Postby Joshua Smith » Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:03 pm

I love the Scallops! I'll never forget the first time I saw one "jetting" through the water to get away from me! And, as much as I love eating them, It was probably a good idea to get as far away from me as possible! Ha!


Great pics, as always, Jan! Thank you for sharing them here!
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