Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:12 pm

This is deffinatly a red irish in a very simular pose for comparison

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:57 pm

And that is what I thought when I took the photos. But when I saw on the computer screen all the cirri above eyes and snout, according to my book, I think it is Cabezon. I would rather have Red Irish Lord, since they are not common at all on my usual Whidbey sites and I have only few pictures of them... Maybe Janna can tell us what this really is :book:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:36 pm

That's what I was thinking but I couldn't see close enough to say anything

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dwashbur » Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:34 pm

Uh, call me picky, but isn't that cabezon a red irish lord?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:13 pm

Wow those anemones are bright. I saw a couple at Hudson last week but they were a nice blue/green in color

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:02 pm

I agree, Ben, SWEET boat, soooo easy to dive from. I found dive buddy with boat and passion to explore,
what a combination...
Back to critters. This weekend we had some great conditions as far as currents were concerned.
I did a shore dive from the North Beach to my favored Deception Pass walls which are just an
explosion of colors... Visibility wasn't as good as was two weeks ago, but plenty of stuff for macro.
I found that even the Cabezon was wearing some of the pink to color coordinate with local decor -
the Proliferating anemones..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby airsix » Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:20 am

Jan, I absolutely love your posts - art and education every time!
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ps - Not to distract from your art, but that is a SWEET looking boat! I've never seen a dive boat with a bow ramp. That looks awesome .
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Mar 16, 2008 6:07 am

While searching for new diving destinations around Whidbey, we visited a small tire reef in Saratoga Passage established as a fish haven some thirty years ago. Although I did not find any new critters to add to my collection, I did find a nudibranch behavior I did not see before. The Striped Nudibranch - (Armina californica) which is found crawling on the sea floor in search of Sea pens or is buried in sand the rest of time, was floating through midwater suspended on string of mucus, it did not wriggle or move, looked quite relaxed and as if this was normal way to move a great distance without much effort. There were no Sea pens I could see anywhere around. I have no idea how the Armina managed to get up into the water column. It would be interesting to see if anybody else sees it too, so guys keep your eyes on floaters and let me know ...book:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:09 am

I learn something new each time I view your thread

Thanks Jan for all this interesting info

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:41 am

Deception Pass walls have hundreds of them in places, the currents bringing them lots of food..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby whatevah » Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:30 am

The first heart crab I ever saw was in the pilings at Keystone. They really are neat critters. Puget Sound King Crabs are still my favorite though - golf-ball crabs are second, and heart crabs third. Fourth would be decorator crabs. Alright - I guess the truth is that they're all really really cool!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:27 pm

The first heart crab I ever found was at Keystone -- He was down in the bottom among the pebbles, and initially impossible to see. Had he had the courage of his convictions and stayed put as I swam over him, I would never have seen him at all.

I really like the lithodid crabs. They look prehistoric.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:25 pm

Feeling little crabby? Go diving - find a kindred heart :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:19 am

smike wrote:Is that a sculpin hiding in the white anenomes? S'Mike


It is a Painted Greenling ...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby smike » Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:04 am

Jan K wrote:
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Is that a sculpin hiding in the white anenomes?

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Penopolypants » Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:53 am

:laughing3: Very funny!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:04 am

Second dive close to Pebble Beach..

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Zen Diver » Sun Mar 09, 2008 6:07 pm

I love the "grrrr" face on the cartoon diver!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:14 pm

Waters are getting real murky on top on the east side of Whidbey. Yesterday I was invited
to join trio of locals for a dive at Camano Island, across from the LAngley marina,
once we got deeper, visibility improved, but it gets dark down there and it feels like
a night dive. I did not find any new critters, but what we did find was colorful enough.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:55 pm

LCF wrote:Jan, I wouldn't have thought it possible, but I think your pages are actually getting even more creative and more beautiful as you go along!


Now that is what I call a compliment! Thank you. Maybe it has to do with new locations I was able to visit lately , inspiration fed by new encounters ?

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Thu Mar 06, 2008 3:04 pm

Jan, I wouldn't have thought it possible, but I think your pages are actually getting even more creative and more beautiful as you go along!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:33 am

The second dive of the day was also very nice, back on the Whidbey territory.
(This is a double post) Janna started the Deception Pass thread first ..

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Mar 05, 2008 10:39 am

whatevah wrote:your diver entangled in Basket Star arms ....


Oh. it was a superb day of diving, thank you so much to let me tag along ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby whatevah » Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:57 am

Jan - those stars are beautiful aren't they? They are definitely near the top of my list of favorite critters. I've been wondering what you could possibly come up with to make them more interesting to look at and couldn't think of anything - but I should never have doubted you - your diver entangled in Basket Star arms is excellent! It made me laugh and reminded me of just how much fun I had that day.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:33 am

Not exactly Whidbey critters, but you can see Whidbey from here ...

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