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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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Postby Tom Nic » Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:36 pm

Zen Diver 2 wrote:I guess I should have said it's the worst pun I've heard from JAN in a long time...

And yes, there is a story to the new avatar. My good friend Bob Lew took that photo about a year or so back, at Cove 2. There was an elderly, dying GPO that was out in the open and we both were able (and priviledged) to be able to get close to him for several photos. We snapped away, and toward the end, the poor fellow (the octo, not Bob) reached out with one tentacle and I swear I felt him push me, as if to say "enough, will you leave me alone?" Maybe I'm anthropomorphizing, but it was almost a poignant moment, and we moved away. This was one of the pix Bob took, and it's one of my favorite UW pix of me.

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Very cool story and cool moment Val. Knowing Bob and you I can totally picture it. And yes, you anthropomorphizing... be we are anthro's, we can do that! \:D/ Perhaps this sounds funny, but I beleive that as humans we can "give" something meaning that perhaps may not have had any in the "normal" scheme of things.
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Postby Zen Diver » Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:45 am

Tom Nic wrote:
Zen Diver 2 wrote:Jan, that's the worst pun I've heard in ages... #-o

-Valerie


Boy, you must not be around very many out of control punners, (unlike me!) I hear worse all the time!! ](*,)

Valerie, is their a story behind your new avatar? Inquiring (nosy) minds want to know! :bounce:


I guess I should have said it's the worst pun I've heard from JAN in a long time...

And yes, there is a story to the new avatar. My good friend Bob Lew took that photo about a year or so back, at Cove 2. There was an elderly, dying GPO that was out in the open and we both were able (and priviledged) to be able to get close to him for several photos. We snapped away, and toward the end, the poor fellow (the octo, not Bob) reached out with one tentacle and I swear I felt him push me, as if to say "enough, will you leave me alone?" Maybe I'm anthropomorphizing, but it was almost a poignant moment, and we moved away. This was one of the pix Bob took, and it's one of my favorite UW pix of me.

-Valerie

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Postby Sounder » Thu May 31, 2007 10:01 am

Valerie, is their a story behind your new avatar? Inquiring (nosy) minds want to know!


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Postby Tom Nic » Thu May 31, 2007 9:20 am

Zen Diver 2 wrote:Jan, that's the worst pun I've heard in ages... #-o

-Valerie


Boy, you must not be around very many out of control punners, (unlike me!) I hear worse all the time!! ](*,)

Love the pics, as usual, Jan! Goes to show you that nudi's are definitely "predators" in their own right!

Valerie, is their a story behind your new avatar? Inquiring (nosy) minds want to know! :bounce:
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Postby Zen Diver » Thu May 31, 2007 9:05 am

Jan, that's the worst pun I've heard in ages... #-o

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Sea goats

Postby Jan K » Thu May 31, 2007 6:06 am

Don't hire these guys to tend your HYDROidPONIC garden....


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Postby Sounder » Wed May 30, 2007 9:18 pm

Last night at the I-beams I saw a substance similar to said "poo" on top of a few semi-closed plumose anemones... I think it's poo.

How often do plumose anemones poo? Certainly not something I see on every dive. More schmootz in the water provide more fiber? Too much caffeine in the water from all the coffee drinkers stimulating things (remember that article?)?

Ok, but really - how often does this happen and do they all go at the same time? :book:
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