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Puget Sound rockfish

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:18 pm

It looks like we get some more rockfish at Keystone soon :bounce:

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California Lyonsia

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 24, 2007 5:52 pm

This one was not easy to identify. In the beginning I leaned toward Pandora genus, but could not google any pictures, I e-mailed picture to more experienced people, many are in the field working on research projects (vacations :D ), finally Leslie from Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County found Don Cadien whom I quote in today's post. Isn't critterwatching exciting ?

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Re: Puget Sound King Crab

Postby Grateful Diver » Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:26 am

Jan K wrote:Hi Ken, the Pipefish is not that common here on Whidbey, or maybe it is because my eyes are not that good...
The next critter is little easier to spot, wearing a nice bright orange color. But this is the color of the future King, as the adult Kings are more varied in texture and colors. Unfortunately, the Keystone and Langley where I dive most, are not the right habitat for this crab and so adult sighting will require some travel off this island.

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I've noticed that it's not unusual to find juvenile PSKC at Keystone ... but I've never seen one there bigger than about the size of a quarter.

Always wondered where they went when they decided to grow up ... and more importantly, how the juveniles got to Keystone in the first place (drifting in the current, most likely) ...

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Strange encounters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:02 am

Local crabs never cease to amaze me. This is the first time I found Dungeness Crab holding Red Rock Crab in what I saw somewhere called as the premating embrace. In the past I saw them fighting, ignoring each other, but never hugging. The smaller Red Rock crab was not showing any signs of distress or putting up resistance, as I tried to get photos from different angles, the Dungeness crab took flight, never releasing its partner. (Which is very common sight when I come across pairs.)

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Puget Sound King Crab

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 15, 2007 1:08 pm

Hi Ken, the Pipefish is not that common here on Whidbey, or maybe it is because my eyes are not that good...
The next critter is little easier to spot, wearing a nice bright orange color. But this is the color of the future King, as the adult Kings are more varied in texture and colors. Unfortunately, the Keystone and Langley where I dive most, are not the right habitat for this crab and so adult sighting will require some travel off this island.

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Postby Ken G » Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:53 pm

Very cool! I was not aware we had a local species that belongs to the sea horse family. Are they common? I cant wait to see one in its habitat.

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Pipefish

Postby Jan K » Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:39 pm

Our Pacific Northwest sea horse taking parenting seriously...

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great escape

Postby Jan K » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:43 pm

What got my attention at this encounter was first the white color of the Giant Sea Cucumber (aka California Cucumber). When I turned to investigate the murky water movement, I found that a large Sunflower Star was trying to capture it. It was very interesting to watch how the cucumber inflated its body and then used a snakelike movement to slid from the star's grip. Considering that both animals lack eyes, it was fascinating to see how the cucumber picked its escape route and how fast it moved. The cucumber did manage to get away unharmed :bounce:

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Postby LCF » Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:52 pm

You consistently get the most AMAZING photographs!

I look at those teeth and think about the lings at Edmonds, with heads almost as wide as my shoulders, and think maybe I should stay a little further away next time :)
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Lingcod

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 09, 2007 8:45 am

And the Lingcod keep on eating...

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Cryptic

Postby Jan K » Sat Jul 07, 2007 5:57 am

This tiny little slug is camouflaged more then in one way. Even its name, common and scientific is hard to pinpoint. One book calls it the Steinberg's Corambe and another one is there under the name Cryptic. While Corambe steinbergae in one - Doridella steinbergi in second. According to Slug Forum, the leading forum on slugs - Doridella was moved into the genus of Corambe. So till I get corrected ( it would not be the first time :D ), Corambe it is. If I didn't see the eggs, I would probably never find this slug. THey are on the Kelp-encrusting Bryozoans, plentiful now at Keystone, so keep your eyes "peeled" - good luck hunting...;)

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Postby Tom Nic » Mon Jul 02, 2007 7:46 am

So THAT's how they get so big! :pale:
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Lingcod & flounder

Postby Jan K » Sun Jul 01, 2007 3:06 pm

The Starry Flounder tries to flee the moment it sees me and my camera. So I asked the Lingcod to hold the flatfish so I can take its picture...
(just kidding) :pale:

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Postby Sounder » Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:16 pm

"GIVE ME AN EGG OR GIVE ME DEATH!":sign10:

"ALL UNITS, BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR A GIANT BOUNCING..." :smt119

What a great movie. I have to rent that one again - haven't thought about it in years.

Thanks Jan. EXCELLENT drawing of the "guys in the white suits." :sign10:
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Pink Short-spine stars

Postby Jan K » Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:41 pm

Do you remember Woody Allen's "Everything you always wanted to know about sex but were affraid to ask" ? Well I found myself in Pink Short-spined Star orgy.


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Postby Tom Nic » Mon Jun 25, 2007 8:19 am

Very nice! =D>

I love the variety in the look of these crab... with them grabbing local species you just never know what you are going to get. The one in his gilly suit at the bottom of your collage is so cool!
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Graceful Decorator

Postby Jan K » Sun Jun 24, 2007 7:01 pm

This crabs are sometimes almost impossible to see, so I included almost a "bare butt" and one in full camo outfit :smt032

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Postby Sounder » Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:03 am

Jan - your illustration of the Dungies post-lovin' smoking is the funniest thing I've seen in a LONG time!!! Those pictures are almost not-safe-for-work!!!

Thank you for brightening up my morning with a good belly laugh! :prayer:
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Postby Tom Nic » Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:36 pm

Very nice Jan! Have you ever seen the baby ones swimming around?

Skip called this one Angelina Jolie... and I can certainly see why!

I think I will be referring to Painted Greenling as the Angelina Joliefish!

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Egg Guard

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 16, 2007 5:54 pm

Spring in full swing. Soon baby Painted Greenlings will join us swimming around.

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Adult material :)

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:13 pm

Well, after seeing hundreds of crabs in premating embrace, I finally caught pair in the act of making more crabs \:D/

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Shrimp exoskeleton

Postby Jan K » Thu Jun 07, 2007 2:04 pm

It is amazing that the shrimp (and other crustatians) can crawl out of their old shell and leave it intact without making mess out of it.

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Manyribbed jelly

Postby Jan K » Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:54 pm

Another jelly, this one a common sight ...

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Eight Strand Jelly

Postby Jan K » Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:58 am

The visibility might not be that great lately, but some interesting critters are swimming through the planktonic soup with us ...

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Postby Sounder » Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:27 am

Anthropomorphizing? You and Mrs. Sounder (aka Mrs. Dictionary) should really get together. ](*,) :dontknow:
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