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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

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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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Postby coachrenz » Wed May 30, 2007 8:06 pm

Tom Nic wrote:
coachrenz wrote:Is it a compound social ascidian? I don't have my books with me and I can't get zoomed in close enough to look, but, there are several different ones out there that look similar.


I have absolutely NO idea... Except that Jan has pictures of "it" above seemingly "coming out of" Giant Plumose... weird... There certainly are enough of them at Titlow... I just did not connect the "stuff" with the plumose. Do compound social ascidians "come out" of plumose?

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Nope. Do you have a closeup of it? Can you crop your original to get one or two of them nice and big? Ascidians have distinct structure to them.

IF the piles were under a bunch of Plumoses, then it could be plumose poo.
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Postby Tom Nic » Wed May 30, 2007 2:14 pm

coachrenz wrote:
Tom Nic wrote:Saw PILES of this stuff at Titlow a couple of weeks ago... had no idea what it was....

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/82311222@N00/493100679/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/199/493100679_e1942036d5.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="CIMG0141"></a>


Is it a compound social ascidian? I don't have my books with me and I can't get zoomed in close enough to look, but, there are several different ones out there that look similar.


I have absolutely NO idea... Except that Jan has pictures of "it" above seemingly "coming out of" Giant Plumose... weird... There certainly are enough of them at Titlow... I just did not connect the "stuff" with the plumose. Do compound social ascidians "come out" of plumose?

-Tom
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Postby coachrenz » Wed May 30, 2007 12:16 pm

Tom Nic wrote:Saw PILES of this stuff at Titlow a couple of weeks ago... had no idea what it was....

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/82311222@N00/493100679/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/199/493100679_e1942036d5.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="CIMG0141"></a>


Is it a compound social ascidian? I don't have my books with me and I can't get zoomed in close enough to look, but, there are several different ones out there that look similar.
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Postby Sounder » Wed May 30, 2007 8:26 am

The illustration is too funny!
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Buffalo Sculpin

Postby Jan K » Wed May 30, 2007 7:34 am

Janna has explanation for the horns. When the Buffalo Sculpins are dead or about to die, the chin spines stick out like that. I agree, that fish doesn't look that healthy, although in general, this fish are not beauty queens ..

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Postby Zen Diver » Tue May 29, 2007 10:16 pm

Wow, cool find Jan! =D> I've never seen that before!

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Buffalo Sculpin

Postby Jan K » Tue May 29, 2007 6:22 pm

After seeing hundreds of Buffalo Sculpins, this is the first time I found one with spines erected. It was not reaction to my presence, the "horns" were up when I spotted it many feet away...

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Postby Tom Nic » Mon May 28, 2007 11:32 pm

Saw PILES of this stuff at Titlow a couple of weeks ago... had no idea what it was....

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/82311222@N00/493100679/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/199/493100679_e1942036d5.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="CIMG0141"></a>
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Pooped

Postby Jan K » Mon May 28, 2007 5:04 pm

This weekend I notice that the Plumose Anemones at Keystone were contributing to the already particle filled water with a bigger caliber stuff. :pale:

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Jelly anyone?

Postby Jan K » Sat May 26, 2007 2:22 pm

Jellyfish spawn eggs and sperm, which combine in the water. From the fertilized eggs develop invisible blastula, which are hollow spheres of cells. From these develop planulas which swim by means of vibrating hairs. Still invisible to the naked eye. For the next stage, the planulas have to find an empty space under rocky overhang where they metamorphose into polyps - scyphistoma. And that is what I found at Lagoon Point. The polyp rapidly buds off  many segments like stacked saucers, which detach to become swimming larva (ephyra), completing the cycle as pulsating medusa. Now I am waiting for the jellyfish big enough to photograph \:D/

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Sea Pen

Postby Jan K » Sun May 20, 2007 3:22 pm

Thanks Frank, glad you like my site, even if not all underwater stuff. BTW, that motorhome was not mine, Jeep is all I drive...
The plankton soup cutting down visibility to three feet, and that is fuzzy three feet at best, I found three small Sea Pens at Langley. It has been many years since I spotted one there..

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Postby fpoole » Sat May 19, 2007 9:23 am

Dualies....
Kudos for being able to sneak up on them... and two for the price of one.. double Kudos....

Went to the Smug site, very nice and about time eh??? enjoyed the Alcan Hiway photos... posted a comment there... I just like to know all the "Private dive sites" on whidby are.. heheh... secret spots eh??? :supz:

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Two trumpet worm

Postby Jan K » Sat May 19, 2007 9:13 am

Usually, I find the worm with one trumpet only, Worm expert Leslie had this to say about my recent find:
Rare but not unknown.  The crowns consist of 2 semicircles of radioles (the individual feathers).  Normally the second dorsalmost radiole on one of the semicircle is modified into the operculum.  If it's lost the worm will regrow another one often on the other semicircle.  Some just like having two I guess.  Individuals with 2 opercula (that's the plural form) usually have one smaller than the other which is the case here.

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Spaghetti Sponge

Postby Jan K » Fri May 18, 2007 8:28 am

Adding to the not so spectacular list for creatures, Spaghetti Sponge.
Also I am in process of uploading archival stuff to my new site:
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So take a peek and let me know what you think. Thanks.

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Postby fpoole » Mon May 14, 2007 6:49 pm

Heyya Jan,
There you are... Look forward to all your photos as always, but the Egg Yolk are out now???

Kewl... time to hit the water and get them..

How's Keystone doing... Heading up there in June some time...(fergit when exactly)...

Good to see you over here... that Janna is relentles... LOL...

So how to you get them all in one pic frame... that's amazing... heheh...

Catch ya in the water :partyman:
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Fried Egg

Postby Jan K » Mon May 14, 2007 8:37 am

The bloom is going on in full force. First Fried Egg Jellyfish - juvenile - heralding in the new crop ?

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Postby Zen Diver » Mon May 14, 2007 7:21 am

Here's how warped I am; I read your post on the other forum, and was thinking, "where did my post disappear to? I know I typed in something!"

If I'm confused, it's just that there is SO MUCH stuff crammed into my brain it takes longer to sort thro it all.... :book: ](*,)


Really...


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Postby nwscubamom » Mon May 14, 2007 6:38 am

tsk tsk, Valerie. <sigh> Here is my exact wording yesterday from another online forum where Jan posts:

"If they have Disk Top Tunicates, do they also have Lap Top tunicates?

<ducks>"


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Postby Zen Diver » Sun May 13, 2007 9:27 am

By the way Jan, if that photo were to be used as a computer screen, would it be a "desktop" tunicate?

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Disk-Top Tunicate

Postby Jan K » Sun May 13, 2007 5:50 am

This tunicate blends in with its surroundings quite well, about one inch small, reported to form colonies, but I found only few individuals at Keystone jetty rocks.

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