Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:40 pm

Jan, have I told you recently that I love you? Where else in the WORLD can you see these kinds of pictures and learn this kind of stuff . . . day after day after day.

I hadn't realized that ling cod lived such short lives. With the size of some of the "truck bumper" lings at Edmonds, I had sort of assumed that they had very long lives, like rockfish. Learn something every day!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:54 pm

Good luck baby lingcod ! :bday:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:45 am

LOVE the picture of the blue mussels - wonderful composition!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:44 am

Few more from the nice Sunday boat dives. Lingcod are sure busy with eggs these days :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:54 pm

LCF wrote:Cool, unusual find, Jan!

Going back to the cabezon, I find it difficult to believe that they only reach 23 lbs. I'm quite sure a couple of the ones which have hit me at Edmonds were MUCH bigger than that! :)

Largest recorded Cabezon in California, according to their Department of Fish & Game internet site was 25 pounds. Since the Edmonds Cabezon are not fished, their weight is probably one for the record books :)

Also I am having second thought in the Spotted Swimming anemone. Although it is different from the usual common Swimming Anemone, today I found another white together with orange/tan one :(

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:35 am

Cool, unusual find, Jan!

Going back to the cabezon, I find it difficult to believe that they only reach 23 lbs. I'm quite sure a couple of the ones which have hit me at Edmonds were MUCH bigger than that! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:17 pm

Another critter added to my list today :)
First the common relative :
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and the one I think is the :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:36 am

Thanks Dusty.
Couple of sculpin portraits from Keystone.
Or: My horns are prettier than yours ...:)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:19 pm

Wow! Predators and cannibals too. Nice little buggers. The ocean is an eat and be eaten world from the smallest to the largest of critters. Complex and yet very basic but always fascinating. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge with us.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:00 pm

And since we are talking eggs, here are the multitudes covering lots of stuff at Keystone.
Snails.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby RoxnDox » Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:51 pm

Jan K wrote:Thanks.
The opening is about inch and half across. The Giant barnacles do grow up to five they say... :book:


That would be... impressive.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:58 pm

Thanks.
The opening is about inch and half across. The Giant barnacles do grow up to five they say... :book:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby RoxnDox » Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:44 pm

Beautiful photos (as always)... Hard to guess the scale, how big are those barnacles?

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:50 am

Gorgeous photo of the female, Jan! They are so skittish, and so hard to shoot.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:34 pm

Tom Nic wrote:
Jan K wrote:I don't know what is the attraction, but most of the Gumboot chitons love the blocks on the rope trail...

Lime in the concrete, perhaps? :dontknow:

Good idea Tom, It might be the chiton Drive-through ! :)

And more eggs:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:38 am

Jan K wrote:I don't know what is the attraction, but most of the Gumboot chitons love the blocks on the rope trail...


Lime in the concrete, perhaps? :dontknow:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:21 am

I don't know what is the attraction, but most of the Gumboot chitons
love the blocks on the rope trail...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:09 pm

The iMac working again. But the weather is just too beautiful to be sitting
in front of a computer too long. DIVING, DIVING, DIVING :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:05 am

Hmmm... and here I thought Apples never crashed! :smt064 :tomnic:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:52 pm

After a "Security update" my computer goes bad, crashing applications, not able to save anything :eek: .
Thank god Apple sent out fix and it seems to be working. So after the nightmare I feel festive...
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And thanks for comments. Yes, I do keep an eye on all the eggs which now seem to be everywhere.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Furnari » Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:57 pm

Amazing, Jan- had you been keeping an eye on the egg mass? Maybe the babies will imprint on you :luv:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:18 pm

FANTASTIC, Jan!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:13 pm

Wow! What a treat! You get some of the coolest stuff.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:37 pm

Time for lots of birthdays :bday:
Although I did not see daddy Kelp greenling being too diligent in guarding the eggs nestled
in maze of the Prolific Three-section Tubeworm, I did spot him occasionally in the neighborhood.
Lots of his kids were born outside the ocean waters, but they were returned into them
after the picture taking session ... Hopefully they will recognize me when they grow up and will not run away
( as their father did ), when they see me with my camera :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:40 pm

That is funny!

And it lends itself to the thought that the male ling is dumber than a post and guards stuff based on color and shape? :)

Time to do some experiments with blocks of Styrofoam!
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