Whidbey Island Critters

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Dancer

Postby Jan K » Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:26 am

Giant nudibranch - here I am trying to convey the locomotion of slug swimming ...

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Postby Jan K » Sat Oct 20, 2007 9:53 am

Thank you Valerie, they are difficult to capture with Point and Shoot, that is why I missed the better moment when the seal was looking at me for a split second..
And from the waters of Langley:
Very small slug, about a quarter inch if that. I don't see them often, but that might be more due to my eyesight #-o

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Postby Zen Diver » Sat Oct 20, 2007 8:32 am

Great shot Jan! =D> I've never managed to capture a shot of a seal underwater, fast little buggers.

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Harbor seal

Postby Jan K » Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:02 am

This was my first time sighting of Harbor seal at Keystone, probably because I always look somewhere else, ususally at some small critter and I would most likely miss a Gray whale passing by.. This pup zoomed by, managing to click just one picture. .. #-o

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Postby Jan K » Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:50 pm

John Rawlings wrote:Arrrr....keep your harpoon blades sharpened as we go off on the quest for the white Great sculpin! At least we can refer to Jan as Ishmael and NOT Ahab! Or....have you lost a leg to the white Great sculpin and not told us about it, Jan? #-o - John


Thank you John, I do prefer to be Ishmael , for he managed to survive and let us know that: : Ahab, and the Pequod, which, "like Satan, would not sink to hell till she had dragged a living part of heaven along with her...

And I enjoy the company of NW Dive Club :salute:

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Postby Tom Nic » Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:23 pm

Very cool quotes!

Here we are getting an edgymacation on NwDiveClub as well! \:D/
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Postby John Rawlings » Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:52 pm

"From hell's heart, I stab at thee. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!"

Ah, yes....always a useful line at parties and other social gatherings!

What a GREAT thread this is! Where else can you get beautiful photos, entertaining cartoons, a marine biology education....AND a discussion of literary classics? =D>

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Postby Joshua Smith » Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:22 pm

"though following the sea as highwaymen the road, they but plunder other ships, other fragments of the land like themselves...."

My favorite quotes from this book were used by Ricardo Montablan in Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan-


"He tasks me. He tasks me, and I SHALL HAVE HIM!"

and:

"From hell's heart, I stab at thee. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!"

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Postby John Rawlings » Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:04 pm

Arrrr....keep your harpoon blades sharpened as we go off on the quest for the white Great sculpin! At least we can refer to Jan as Ishmael and NOT Ahab!

Or....have you lost a leg to the white Great sculpin and not told us about it, Jan? #-o

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Postby Penopolypants » Wed Oct 17, 2007 11:59 am

Moby Dick. I love the cadence of that book, it's a good one to read aloud.

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Postby Sounder » Wed Oct 17, 2007 11:34 am

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Postby John Rawlings » Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:27 am

"This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me."

Hee Hee Hee....we probably left half the membership behind on this one...... :book:
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Re: Great Sculpin

Postby Jan K » Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:07 am

So, Jan.....should we now "call you Ismael"????
- John


...having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly OCTOBER in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off -- then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can..... :) [/quote]

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Re: Great Sculpin

Postby John Rawlings » Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:13 am

Jan K wrote:I don't know if this is the Moby Dick of Great sculpins, but it sure doesn't fit their usual camo appearance :book:


So, Jan.....should we now "call you Ishmael"????

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Broadbase tunicate

Postby Jan K » Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:06 am

When I took picture of the "deflated" tunicate, I did not know what I was looking at. Only when I looked at it at home on the computer screen I realized what it was. #-o

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Postby Tom Nic » Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:30 pm

What a beaut! :prayer: ...well, for a Great Sculpin anyway!
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Great Sculpin

Postby Jan K » Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:16 pm

I don't know if this is the Moby Dick of Great sculpins, but it sure doesn't fit their usual camo appearance :book:

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Egg-Yolk Jellyfish

Postby Jan K » Mon Oct 15, 2007 5:18 pm

Lately, the jellies at Keystone appear little tattered, but still favored transportation for lot of tiny critters..

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Postby Pez7378 » Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:45 pm

Hahaha. So here is the diver marvelling at the size of the smaller Nudi. And suddenly he gets run over by this GINORMOUS tailgater!! Funny cartoon JanK.

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Postby Jan K » Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:55 am

GW, I am glad you like the book !
And now back to our regular schedule :book:
It is still not clearly understood why some of the nudibranch engage in what is called tailing, queuing or tailgating. It starts with one slug following the mucus trail of another and then contact the tail end and follow the leader to whatever destination it has in its mind. This example is not the correct one, since we are dealing with completely different species, the Noble Dorid is not about to eat the small Hudson's. Surely just an coincidental meeting..

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Postby GillyWeed » Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:04 am

Jan! I received my book (s) the other day! Beneath Widby Waters I LOVE IT!!! Everyone should get one. It is truely beautiful and now I want more!! Bravo!
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Postby LCF » Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:07 pm

More learning! Jan, you're a treasure.
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Kelp crab

Postby Jan K » Wed Oct 10, 2007 12:34 pm

Vegetarian? HA! True colors exposed. Carnivore! :axe:

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Slimy worm

Postby Jan K » Sun Oct 07, 2007 7:07 pm

From the underside of a floating dock.

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Re: Sign me up!!!

Postby Jan K » Fri Oct 05, 2007 9:04 am

When you finish the "real" book, can you airmail one to Thailand for me? Lowell


Hi Lowell, good to hear from you ! I hope Thailand is good to you. Of course I will send the book to you if and when it is finished. Not for this Christmas, but in Thailand - Christmas is probably not a holiday anyway...Hope you get some good warm water diving in, here we got a wet and cold spell right now... Take care, stay in touch .. Jan


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