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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:52 am
by Jan K
Thank you Tom, Gdog,
happy to share scenes from our world underwater.

One of the reasons I enjoy diving is the possibility, that regardless how many times I dive in the same spot, there is always a chance to find something I never seen before. After nice dive on the northern end of Whidbey in the Deception Pass on Friday, on Sunday, I went to the most southern end of the island. Beautiful sunny day, calm seas. And I came across a very small, about 6mm slug, feeding on lonely hydroid. I would probably never found it if it was not contrasting with its bright yellowish attire of cerata against the grabby background of the Possession Point Fingers walls. I snapped few pictures and the surprise came later at home, when I realized, I never seen this kind of nudibranch before. Not in my guide books neither. So I contacted my friends and we came to the conclusion, that it MIGHT be the recently described Zelentia willowsi found by Karin Fletcher near her home at Rich Passage, Port Orchard !
Not 100% positive, but exciting, nevertheless.
So fellow divers, keep your eyes open ! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:01 pm
by Gdog
Wow the colors! Love your work Jan!

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:14 am
by Tom Nic
It has been said many times before, but Jan you and your work are a treasure. Thank you so much for sharing that treasure with us. We are richer for it.

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:24 am
by Jan K
Fiji has soft corals to color up the reefs, Whidbey Island has sponges ans anemones to help out to brighten up the underwater scene :)
However, some of the Tan Finger sponges are getting sick again. Like last year, but since they seem to recover then, maybe it is just a cyclical thing with them.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:20 am
by Jan K
Interrupting the coverage from the tropics with a dip in our cold Whidbey Island waters.
Sea star survey at Deception Pass, first day of March... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:32 pm
by Tangfish
Love those split shots, Jan!

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:40 pm
by Jan K
No scuba diving on Saturday, so we snoop around the nearby mangroves...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:40 am
by Jan K
Diving into Neptune's Rhapsody, Fiji ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:54 am
by Jan K
Few critters encountered on walks around Wananavu Resort, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:17 am
by Jan K
Liking whales, seabirds, tropical oysters, well, why not ?
If that means weird, count me in :)
What about Blue lobsters and Carnation corals ?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:47 pm
by Sharkb8
I don’t think I’ve ever heard of or seen photos of tropical oysters. What a cool thing to see!

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:30 pm
by oldsalt
Jan: When I think about it, I must laugh at myself. If I were to tell someone how eagerly I await your posts, and they asked "What is in them?" "Oh, pictures of oysters, sponges, flatworms, and slugs." Add my near obsession with whales and seabirds, no wonder I am considered weird. Thanks again for your post. - Curt :snorkel:

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:39 am
by Jan K
Thanks Tangfish, tropics do show off their colors even in worms. Flatworms that is :)

Encrusting sponges beautifying Giant Honeycomb Oysters...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:42 am
by Tangfish
Wowza! That flatworm is spectacular, Jan!

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:39 pm
by Jan K
Flatworm and slug to brighten up your Sunday :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:27 pm
by Jan K
It is nothing but water ... :)
The leisure stroll on Main Street continued ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:20 pm
by oldsalt
When I look at the wonders you depict, I think of an exchange I had with a cousin years ago. He asked why I didn't return to my birth state of Missouri. "It doesn't have an ocean for one thing" I replied. He answered, "What's the big deal about the ocean? It is nothing but water." Nothing but water indeed.
-Curt :rawlings:

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:43 am
by Jan K
Fiji - dive # 8, Main Street. So many questions about the new sights presented in this new to me underwater tropical world. For example, when I saw some of the soft coral releasing what to me looked like string of eggs, similar to the spawn of Plumose anemones here in our cold water, I assumed that I am witnessing coral spawning. Not so. After long search on the internet, I found out that the coral was shedding skin, something which the Toadstool Leather coral does regularly. So now you know too :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:59 am
by Jan K
Golden Dream reef provided many more memorable encounters, and the camera kept on clicking ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:24 pm
by Jan K
Thanks Curt, there is so much to see around us, and so much we miss to see...

And back to warm waters of Fiji. Golden Dream, dive #7.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:42 am
by oldsalt
Jan: You show us again and again the marvels one can see in what many consider sites not worth the effort: Langley, Coupeville, and Holmes Harbor. But you are an exceptionally gifted observer.
-Curt

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:58 am
by Jan K
I don't know what earned this little slug its name, but I would certainly NOT name it Pacific Stomach Wing. I got the Pacific part, for it is found here, I could understand the wing part, but stomach ? Anyway, here are some pics of what it looks like when they make more of themselves. Even the hermit crab among them seems to be trying to figure the flying stomach thing... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:58 pm
by Jan K
Enough of snow shoveling and longing for the warm, tropical waters. Time to return to the cold water reality of Whidbey Island diving. Valentine's Day good as any to dust off the drysuit, recharge the camera and strobe batteries and slosh through wet snow into the waters of Langley Harbor... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:12 am
by Jan K
Welcome back, Curt. Nothing lame about what you saw in your travels. The real thing pixels can not replace .

Fiji fish, corals, sponge and feather star parade continues ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:08 pm
by oldsalt
My access to internet has been limited while I was in the Galapagos. I just saw your trip photos. My goodness. My Fiji photos are so lame in comparison. Thank you,
Curt