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Callused tunicate

Postby Jan K » Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:55 pm

Thank you all, here is something from the tunicate world, solitary critter, unlike all the other colorful tunicates around it... Until recently, it went by the name Ascidia callosa.
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Postby nwscubamom » Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:06 am

I like how their eyes are widely spaced - giving them a bit of personality!

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Postby WylerBear » Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:06 am

Jan,
Great photos, as always. I am absolutely captivated by the head on shot of the Purple crab. It's fantastic!
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Postby Zen Diver » Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:58 am

Love the shots Jan, they are darn cute critters!

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Shore crabs

Postby Jan K » Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:33 pm

While finishing dive in the shallow water, look out for small crabs, very numerous at times, some color variations too.
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Postby spatman » Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:16 pm

why isn't this thread a sticky anymore?

i didn't see it and thought maybe it had gotten deleted! :pale:

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Postby Grateful Diver » Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:40 pm

LCF wrote:Beautiful photographs, as usual, Jan! I've never seen one of the pink ones.

That's 'cuz you'll usually find them at places where there's nothing else to see except sand and sea pens ... Seahurst Park, Owens Beach, Steilacoom, and Fox Island West Wall (if you don't find the wall, that's about all you'll see) for example.

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Postby LCF » Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:50 am

Beautiful photographs, as usual, Jan! I've never seen one of the pink ones.
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Pink Tritonia

Postby Jan K » Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:54 am

Winds are blowing and rain is falling. In the protected waters of Holmes Harbor, I came across two of the large slugs which are considered common, but which I found only once, single specimen, three years ago at Langley. Finding these two nudibranchs made my day, regardless of the mayhem above the water..
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Postby Grateful Diver » Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:14 am

LOL - this one's great!

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Leopard dorid

Postby Jan K » Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:49 am

And the underwater safari goes on in the New Year..

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Lingcod

Postby Jan K » Mon Dec 31, 2007 8:52 pm

Yesterday I made last dive of 2007 at Langley and found first two Lingcod egg masses of this season.
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Postby LCF » Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:58 am

Jan, getting a chance to come up to Whidbey and meet, and perhaps dive with (or alongside of) you is very high on my list of things I'd like to accomplish in 2008!
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Postby Jan K » Wed Dec 26, 2007 8:02 am

I found them on pilings with some sea lettuce, (Ulva). David Behrens, the slug expert, reports them from Gig Harbor. As I said before, they are first timers for me here on Whidbey.

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Postby Grateful Diver » Wed Dec 26, 2007 6:14 am

Talk about holiday cheer ... :supz:

What kind of terrain do these little critters like? I'd love to be able to find one ...

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more Elysia

Postby Jan K » Tue Dec 25, 2007 11:22 pm

Looking for shelter from the wind and rain, I revisited the protected waters of Lagoon Point and was rewarded with finding two of the Sapsucker slugs. I was watching as one of them started crawling towards the other and then the hugged. So maybe we will get more of them in the future \:D/

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Postby Jan K » Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:36 am

In case you ever wondered how mussels manage to hang onto their spot even in the most turbulent environment - take a note of BYSSUS thread. I found it by accident, one of the mussels was hanging down in space on them. Of course, now I notice them everywhere, although they are not so obvious being tucked underneath their shell ...

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Postby LCF » Sat Dec 22, 2007 12:09 am

The first time I ever saw sand dollars was at Vet's Park in Los Angeles. They were all up on edge, and I honestly thought some diver had gone through and was playing with them . . . It wasn't until we surfaced that my companions told me they put THEMSELVES up like that! It can't be easy for a flat, discoid creature to upend itself, but clearly they manage.

There are supposed to be some at the Alki Pipeline, but although I like that dive and have done it a number of times, I have never seen any.
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Sand dollars

Postby Jan K » Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:51 pm

If the Christmas shopping left your wallet empty, don't despair. I found a place where dollars litter the sandy seafloor \:D/

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Postby Sounder » Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:02 pm

Looks like salad! #-o No wonder I've never heard of it! What a rare find!! :prayer:
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Postby nwscubamom » Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:59 pm

Lumpsuckers, Sapsuckers....another thing I NEED to see for myself!!! :)

Jan, gotta order another one of your books - gave my copy away today to a friend who USED to dive in cold water, but now is a warm water diver - but still appreciates PNW marine life, and loves seeing your creations online!

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Postby Grateful Diver » Thu Dec 20, 2007 1:07 pm

What an amazing find ... and awesome photo ... thanks Jan, I had no idea we had anything like that around here ... :prayer:

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Postby LCF » Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:49 pm

What incredible eyes you have, Jan! There's no WAY I would have recognized that as being anything but a kelp leaf. What a cool find!
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Postby Jan K » Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:12 am

enchantmentdivi wrote:
Where exactly is Lagoon Point? Access? Currents?


Middle of Whidbey Island on west side, Greenbank. Unfortunately this man made harbor is lined with private homes with floating docks, so access is not open to public. I am using dock which belongs to somebody I know. I change zincs on shafts and keep the props clean... No current, it is way inside and also it is a very shallow dive, max depth @ 18 feet...But I think every marina with floating docks will have similar marine life on its docks..

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Postby enchantmentdivi » Wed Dec 19, 2007 3:05 pm

OH MY GOSH--sooooooooooooooooooo cool! I am so jealous I can hardly stand it!

Where exactly is Lagoon Point? Access? Currents?


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