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Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:26 am
by Zen Diver
GillyWeed wrote: Either that or he is just a big bully and wont share.. =)[/color]


Yes, he's just being shellfish....

(heading off to sleep now to escape the groans...)

-Valerie

Painted Greenling

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:07 pm
by Jan K
Langley Reef - I found that eggs are still being laid and guarded by the Painted Greenling..

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Humpy shrimp?

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:13 pm
by Jan K
Thin red lines, humpy looking, hope that I ID it correctly.. :book:

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It is not Humpy, it is Sitka shrimp - Heptacarpus sitchensis

Sex life of cucumber

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:46 am
by Jan K
Well, from what I saw, it was not an orgy, the other cucumbers in the vicinity did not show much interest in the gyration of the individual I was taking pictures of ...

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Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:28 pm
by LCF
We went and dove Keystone yesterday, Jan, and I looked excitedly around when we got there to see if anybody looked like your drawings of you -- and the whole time we were underwater, I kept thinking about all the wonderful things you find there, and telling myself, "Go slowly and look CAREFULLY."

We had a wonderful dive, and you are partially to thank for it :)

Re: Sex life of cucumber

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:50 pm
by Tom Nic
Jan K wrote:Well, from what I saw, it was not an orgy, the other cucumbers in the vicinity did not show much interest in the gyration of the individual I was taking pictures of


You never know... perhaps they were not unlike homo sapiens... various members of the species of which can be given to attention getting gyrations of various kinds that others just ignore.... :-)

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:57 pm
by Jan K
LCF - Thank you for your kind words, I hope you had a great dive. Sorry I missed you yesterday, I dove Langley in the morning - visibility was bad, wish I went to Keystone instead. Well, I went to Keystone this afternoon, I had a interesting dive, my drysuit leaked to point of flooding, so I was very, very wet and cold, but as most of time, did see interesting things...Cheers, Jan

Saddleback gunnels

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:44 am
by Jan K
It takes the entire family when Saddleback gunnels go clamming in the shallow waters off Keystone Jetty..

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Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:41 am
by LCF
Wow -- I really LOVE the behaviors you catch with your camera! So much more educational than just pretty pictures. Thanks, as always, Jan.

Spiny Pink Scallops

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:42 pm
by Jan K
Just outside of Deception PAss, Whidbey Island, Deception Island provides a protected dive site when the currents in the pass are ripping. Not much fish life, visibility wasn't that good, but lots and lots of scallops..

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Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:03 pm
by Joshua Smith
I love the Scallops! I'll never forget the first time I saw one "jetting" through the water to get away from me! And, as much as I love eating them, It was probably a good idea to get as far away from me as possible! Ha!


Great pics, as always, Jan! Thank you for sharing them here!

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:33 am
by LCF
Bob and I dove Deception Island last year, and I remember laughing my head off at the number of scallops that flapped off in terror at Bob's approach. They remind me of possessed dentures . . .

Plainfin Midshipman

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:53 pm
by Jan K
From the murky waters of Langley Tire Reef -

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Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:00 pm
by Tom Nic
They sure are gnarly looking critters! :rr:

Noble dorids

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:25 am
by Jan K
Inside the jetty rocks, Noble dorids are busy creating new generation of yellow slugs :bounce:

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Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:53 am
by Zen Diver
The egg ribbons always look like knit cuffs to me. Great shots Jan!

-Valerie

Painted Greenlings

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:16 pm
by Jan K
The romance is still going on at Keystone Jetty, breeding colors displayed proudly by some of the Painted Greenling pairs.

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Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:54 pm
by Tom Nic
Beautiful pics Jan! I love the colors on the Painted Greenlings! Nice clarity as well. =D>

I wonder if there is a "timing logic" to the breeding? By that I mean, would the greenlings at Langley breed on their own timetable, or could we expect the Painted Greenlings down in our neck of the woods in South Sond to be breeding as well?

Curious if anyone has knowledge of this.

Rockfish

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:56 pm
by Jan K
On my last dives at Keystone Jetty, I came across some strikingly different colored rockfish. Not hundred percent positive, but I still think they are variation of Coppers. The one in question, is the first upper one of the four pictured. :book:

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And Black Rockfish too:
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Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:19 pm
by Tom Nic
I would call the one in the lower right hand corner of your Coppers a Brown based on the indistinctiveness of the lateral line.

But that's just me.... :-)

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:22 am
by Jan K
Tom, you are probably right. The reason I put the "reddish" one with Coppers, is that I posted it once on different forum and was told:
Quote: "If i remember correct the reddish coppers used to be considered a different species... known commonly as "california coppers" but have since been lumped together in S. caurinus."
And there is another ID error. The one I suspected of being new variety at Keystone is actually Canary Rockfish, new specie I am adding to my list of Whidbey Critters. Thanks to Janna... So there is never a dull moment under the surface.. :bounce:

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:42 am
by John Rawlings
Simply gorgeous work, Jan, as always! I'm SO glad that you share your art with us here!

- John

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:41 am
by Jan K
Thank you John. As this last posting shows, I gain from posting too, as my critter ID need some help at times #-o
So here is work in progress - the sometimes look alike Rockfish ..
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Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:48 am
by Tom Nic
John Rawlings wrote:Simply gorgeous work, Jan, as always! I'm SO glad that you share your art with us here!

- John


Agreed! :prayer: I find myself eagerly awaiting each new installment. Beauty is good for the soul, and you take beautiful pictures of beautiful stuff then do beautiful (and usually humorous) things with them!

-Tom

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:08 am
by LCF
Yes, this thread is one I open every time I come here, to see if Jan has added anything new!