Whidbey Island Critters

Fish & Invertebrate sightings and descriptions, hosted by resident NWDC ID expert Janna Nichols (nwscubamom).
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Postby Jan K » Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:22 pm

Octopus Lullaby :-({|=

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Postby Sounder » Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:09 pm

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Pez7378 wrote:How long do you have to wait, sitting in one spot to observe this type of behavior. I see critters all the time, however I cannot predict what it is they are up to. This is truly amazing footage of nature at its best!


Once you recognize potential predator - prey encouter, hunker down and let nature perform. Some plays are longer then others, sometimes nothing happens - so dive often \:D/


I love this philosophy. Such wisdom. :prayer:
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Postby Jan K » Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:32 pm

Pez7378 wrote:How long do you have to wait, sitting in one spot to observe this type of behavior. I see critters all the time, however I cannot predict what it is they are up to. This is truly amazing footage of nature at its best!


Once you recognize potential predator - prey encouter, hunker down and let nature perform. Some plays are longer then others, sometimes nothing happens - so dive often \:D/

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Postby Pez7378 » Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:14 pm

How long do you have to wait, sitting in one spot to observe this type of behavior. I see critters all the time, however I cannot predict what it is they are up to. This is truly amazing footage of nature at its best!

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Postby nwscubamom » Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:50 pm

Jan, that is really interesting stuff! I knew what it ate, and that it bore a hole, but never knew all the pouncing stuff that the Lewis's Moonsnail does! Very cool that you caught that on film!

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Postby Sounder » Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:18 pm

Nice work Jan!!! That's amazing!!! I would love to see video of this event. =D> :prayer:
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Postby Seth T. » Tue Oct 30, 2007 2:06 pm

Wow! Sucks to be the cockle! :pale:
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Postby Tom Nic » Tue Oct 30, 2007 2:01 pm

Deightful Stuff Jan!
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Moon snail hunt

Postby Jan K » Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:33 pm

I had same encounter more then a year ago. Same technique applied by the hunter and the hunted. Same result.

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Stomach Wing

Postby Jan K » Sun Oct 28, 2007 2:38 pm

It makes me wonder if the scientist who named this slug had limited vocabulary or weird sense of humor..
Another swimming slug - the other common names are little bit more appropriate in my humble opinion ...

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Dancer

Postby Jan K » Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:26 am

Giant nudibranch - here I am trying to convey the locomotion of slug swimming ...

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Postby Jan K » Sat Oct 20, 2007 9:53 am

Thank you Valerie, they are difficult to capture with Point and Shoot, that is why I missed the better moment when the seal was looking at me for a split second..
And from the waters of Langley:
Very small slug, about a quarter inch if that. I don't see them often, but that might be more due to my eyesight #-o

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Postby Zen Diver » Sat Oct 20, 2007 8:32 am

Great shot Jan! =D> I've never managed to capture a shot of a seal underwater, fast little buggers.

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Harbor seal

Postby Jan K » Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:02 am

This was my first time sighting of Harbor seal at Keystone, probably because I always look somewhere else, ususally at some small critter and I would most likely miss a Gray whale passing by.. This pup zoomed by, managing to click just one picture. .. #-o

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Postby Jan K » Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:50 pm

John Rawlings wrote:Arrrr....keep your harpoon blades sharpened as we go off on the quest for the white Great sculpin! At least we can refer to Jan as Ishmael and NOT Ahab! Or....have you lost a leg to the white Great sculpin and not told us about it, Jan? #-o - John


Thank you John, I do prefer to be Ishmael , for he managed to survive and let us know that: : Ahab, and the Pequod, which, "like Satan, would not sink to hell till she had dragged a living part of heaven along with her...

And I enjoy the company of NW Dive Club :salute:

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Postby Tom Nic » Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:23 pm

Very cool quotes!

Here we are getting an edgymacation on NwDiveClub as well! \:D/
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Postby John Rawlings » Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:52 pm

"From hell's heart, I stab at thee. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!"

Ah, yes....always a useful line at parties and other social gatherings!

What a GREAT thread this is! Where else can you get beautiful photos, entertaining cartoons, a marine biology education....AND a discussion of literary classics? =D>

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Postby Joshua Smith » Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:22 pm

"though following the sea as highwaymen the road, they but plunder other ships, other fragments of the land like themselves...."

My favorite quotes from this book were used by Ricardo Montablan in Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan-


"He tasks me. He tasks me, and I SHALL HAVE HIM!"

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"From hell's heart, I stab at thee. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!"

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Postby John Rawlings » Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:04 pm

Arrrr....keep your harpoon blades sharpened as we go off on the quest for the white Great sculpin! At least we can refer to Jan as Ishmael and NOT Ahab!

Or....have you lost a leg to the white Great sculpin and not told us about it, Jan? #-o

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Postby Penopolypants » Wed Oct 17, 2007 11:59 am

Moby Dick. I love the cadence of that book, it's a good one to read aloud.

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Postby Sounder » Wed Oct 17, 2007 11:34 am

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Postby John Rawlings » Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:27 am

"This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me."

Hee Hee Hee....we probably left half the membership behind on this one...... :book:
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Re: Great Sculpin

Postby Jan K » Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:07 am

So, Jan.....should we now "call you Ismael"????
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...having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly OCTOBER in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off -- then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can..... :) [/quote]

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Re: Great Sculpin

Postby John Rawlings » Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:13 am

Jan K wrote:I don't know if this is the Moby Dick of Great sculpins, but it sure doesn't fit their usual camo appearance :book:


So, Jan.....should we now "call you Ishmael"????

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Broadbase tunicate

Postby Jan K » Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:06 am

When I took picture of the "deflated" tunicate, I did not know what I was looking at. Only when I looked at it at home on the computer screen I realized what it was. #-o

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