Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:20 pm

Managed to make last day of 2011 dive after 12 days of drying out my gills :)
I missed the cold, green water ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:30 pm

Dusty2 wrote:On the other hand I think maybe you spend too much time underwater :neener:


Thanks Dusty,
It takes one to know one ! :rofl:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:28 am

Awesome! that really makes one realize just how connected everything is in nature.

On the other hand I think maybe you spend too much time underwater :neener:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:36 am

Flying to San Diego for family Christmas (no diving involved :crybaby: )
looking out of plane window, I realized we are not so different from
underwater critters. Or I just suffer from diving withdrawal :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:26 pm

Nice work Jan. That one shot at the bottom of the second picture is perfect! Looks like a dead leaf.
I guess in order to see these guys I'll have to dive Lagoon point one of these days cause they sure aren't on my side of admiralty inlet
Where do you dive over there? It looks like a private community?

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:03 pm

And since the New Year Eve is upon us, drink responsibly :partyman:
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Sapsuckers party :grouphug:
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and consequence of above behavior :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:39 pm

Awesome! Very nice sequence.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:29 pm

Another encounter between baby sea pens and Tritonia festiva ..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:36 am

Jan, you brought a big smile to my face on this board this morning, which I needed! Thank you.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby enchantmentdivi » Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:47 am

Simply awesome as always, Jan! The best to you this holiday season!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:56 am

Wishing you all the very best and looking forward to a new year
of underwater wonders.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:26 pm

Jan, first of all, you're the only person I know who can do a dive where there is nothing to see and come back with a whole webpage about it.

Secondly, those photographs just make me ache with envy -- the lighting, the sharpness, and the wonderful dark contrasting background are just fantastic. Someday . . . !
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:53 pm

This pier was part of now defunct Mutiny Bay Resort. No public access, the road to the beach
chained off. Now somebody decided to built a house there. I asked the carpenters working there
if I could dive off their parking lot. They could care less. Well, I found lot of empty, shallow
sandy bottom, some Eel grass patches, few Sunflower stars and one Lewis Moonsnail, two Hooded
nudibranchs and some Brooding anemones. I was hoping for the pilings to be covered with sea life,
since there were not touched for years, but found only few barnacles. So I will not mark it as my
new dive spot on Whidbey ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dphershman » Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:22 am

Jan K wrote:Although listed in Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest book as Burrowing Aeolid, Flabellina sp. 1,
it is still not described and instead of Flabellina, it will most likely be named Cumanotus fernaldi.
But since the papers are not published, it remains still only as Cumanotus sp. Will keep you posted :)



Nice find! Seems like there's always something new popping up :-)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:29 pm

Thanks Dusty, you are doing very well on the other side of the Admiralty Inlet from what I see
from your posts :partyman:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:35 am

What can I add to what everyone else is saying??? I am amazed that you find so much and take the time to do the research and present them to us in such an original way. Thanks Jan, You never cease to amaze and educate me with your finds.

By the way those Octo pix are awesome! :notworthy:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:05 pm

Wow... Just wow! Well done!
More Pics Than You Have Time To Look AT
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:57 pm

Muck diving helped to add another critter to my list :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:15 am

Thank you Bob for the compliment, it means a lot coming from a fellow dive addict :)
And Lynne, and I grin when I can add a new critter to my list. Few days ago I was taking
pictures of Hedgpeth's Sapsuckers which all sudden appeared in great numbers on the
muck seafloor at Lagoon Point canal and when I viewed the photos on my computer
screen, I discovered a little slug which I never saw before, another Sapsucker ! Of course,
I had to go back and search for it. It took me a while. 44 degree water in depth between
4 and 8 feet.:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:45 am

+1, Bob! I always grin when I log on and see Jan's added something.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Grateful Diver » Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:18 am

This thread is better than a family reunion ... it just makes ya want to keep coming back ... thanks Jan, for continuing what I consider the best underwater thread on the internet ...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:54 pm

LCF wrote: Are they called "burrowing" because they are normally under the silt? .

That would be my guess.

Encounter with octopus is always a treat, regardless how many times it happens...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:17 am

Wow! Are they called "burrowing" because they are normally under the silt? I have never seen anything remotely like that.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:35 am

Although listed in Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest book as Burrowing Aeolid, Flabellina sp. 1,
it is still not described and instead of Flabellina, it will most likely be named Cumanotus fernaldi.
But since the papers are not published, it remains still only as Cumanotus sp. Will keep you posted :)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:36 am

And another tunicate story.
Courtesy of tunicate expert Gretchen Lambert explaining why some of the
Brooding Transparent Tunicates I photographed are loaded with brown stuff
and others are not. The poop.
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