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Humpy shrimp?

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:13 pm

Thin red lines, humpy looking, hope that I ID it correctly.. :book:

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It is not Humpy, it is Sitka shrimp - Heptacarpus sitchensis
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Painted Greenling

Postby Jan K » Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:07 pm

Langley Reef - I found that eggs are still being laid and guarded by the Painted Greenling..

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Postby Zen Diver » Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:26 am

GillyWeed wrote: Either that or he is just a big bully and wont share.. =)[/color]


Yes, he's just being shellfish....

(heading off to sleep now to escape the groans...)

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Postby GillyWeed » Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:59 am

Its like he's sentimental or something.. He had to save all the old shells he used to live in.. Either that or he is just a big bully and wont share.. =)
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Hermit Crab

Postby Jan K » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:32 pm

I met this shell collector at Keystone. \:D/

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Postby LCF » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:27 am

I've often wondered about how you dive Keystone so often. I've been told to avoid the site in any but very small tidal exchanges, but you seem to dive there all the time. Now I know the answer -- You don't mind being dust in the wind!
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Postby Zen Diver » Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:43 pm

I love the cartoons of the diver's tanks being pulled off by the current! Looks exactly how I've felt at times...

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Pilings

Postby Jan K » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:14 pm

The currents get little crazy sometimes even at the Pilings

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and lets add a little color

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Postby LCF » Mon Aug 27, 2007 7:44 am

Very cool picture of the nudi actually laying eggs! There seem to be a lot of clowns about this summer. Some of the ones we've seen at Cove 2 have been HUGE.
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more from jetty

Postby Jan K » Mon Aug 27, 2007 7:04 am

Friends from California wanted to see what Whidbey has to offer - so Keystone was our playground, even if the tides (Low) or currents (Strong) were not the most accommodating. We all had good time nevertheless. They are planning to return next year :supz:

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Postby Tom Nic » Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:58 am

Nice wide angles Jan! Now those are rare shots... for these waters!
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schooling rockfish

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:47 pm

Back to the home waters of Whidbey Island. Lots of young rockfish, from Black, Yellowtail and Copper, with few Puget Sounders mixed in, facing the Keystone currents, hover and feed in it - just simple pleasure to swim with them in the last days of summer ... :supz:

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Postby LCF » Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:17 pm

We had one of those swim through our Fundies class two years ago, and Laura didn't know what it was so she stopped filming us and filmed it instead! I subsequently got it identified. They're pretty cool to watch.
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Sea Angel

Postby Jan K » Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:36 am

This one I did not find at Keystone, but on my snorkeling venture in British Columbia - I wish I had my dive gear and my camera gear, but since it is a free swimming slug, maybe it will show up at Keystone some day. For your enjoyment: the Sea Angel :D

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Goose neck barnacle

Postby Jan K » Sat Aug 18, 2007 9:08 pm

They are reported as being common elsewhere, but I found only single individual at Keystone Jetty. Maybe not rough water enough for them.

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Postby Sounder » Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:59 am

Zen Diver 2 wrote:Poor Black Rockie.... :pale: :crybaby:


Fortunately, that hook will rust out and he'll be just fine. In the meantime, I imagine he'll have a good reminder NOT to bite things that look like that.
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Postby Zen Diver » Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:53 am

Poor Black Rockie.... :pale: :crybaby:

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Postby Tom Nic » Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:27 pm

Wow! What a picture! Each time I think I've seen it all, Jan continues to amaze... :supz: =D>
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hooks hurt

Postby Jan K » Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:20 pm

Not a good feeling... #-o

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Postby Nwbrewer » Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:28 am

Tom, vis at mukilteo was probably in the 20' range last night if you don't mind driving a bit to get to the vis. Of course with the I-5 Mess starting tonight, it's gonna be hard for folks to move from one end of the sound to the other.

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Postby Tom Nic » Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:49 am

Heck, I could hardly see them after they were blown up! #-o

Great find Jan! =D>

My guess is that if you're a juvie crab about the safest place you could be around a star is on it's back!

It's fun finding stuff after you take a picture! Although, with my new Sea Vision mask and it's wonderful bifocal I'm seeing all kinds of stuff that I didn't know was there!

Now if the viz would improve... Hood Canal from surface to 35fsw was maybe 3'. I need to go check out some of the local amazing viz people have been talking about!
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Postby John Rawlings » Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:10 am

Hi, Jan!

Did you see those tiny crabs before you took the photos, or did you notice them after you down-loaded the images? I don't even think that my old eyes would have seen them!

Great stuff!

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Postby Tangfish » Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:25 pm

Jan, have you ever considered making a book out of your wonderful photos and illustrations? I'd surely be a buyer, as would many here. :book:

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Postby LCF » Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:41 pm

Jan, I love your pictures for so many reasons.

When I took Laurel LeFever's fabulous marine life identification class, Laurel started it by saying he teaches it to convince people that there's more to see in the Sound than wolf eels and GPOs. His class and your photographs carry the same message -- move slowly, inspect closely, and you will see and learn amazing things about the life in our local waters.

Thank you for your ongoing contributions to my education!
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Sunflower star mother

Postby Jan K » Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:13 pm

Most of the time, the Sunflower Star is involved in some unsavory action, usually eating some other invertebrate or even another Sunflower star. So I was surprised to find a scores of tiny crabs finding comfort in the arms of one of the marauders..

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