Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:14 am

A bypasser admonished me for taking crab. "How can you possibly kill innocent crab?" I rejoined,"Innocent crab? Hardly. These are unrepentant killers, even conscienceless cannibals." Hey, I can be as anthropomorphic as anyone. Starfish, crab,or dysentery inducing amoeba, they survive the only way they can. (And yes, I know about dysentery first hand.)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Chenari » Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:53 am

And this is why I always laugh when people talk about nature being inherently good. XD

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:15 am

Looking at what sea stars eat :burntchef:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:15 am

Wow what a beautiful find on the pink alabaster nudie! I'd love to see that one become more common.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:03 am

Another one of the "hard to see" critters...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:54 am

A gorgeous pink!

(Unless of course I'm color blind and messing up the color.)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby nwscubamom » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:30 am

Look at all that color variation!! I think you have a record setter there though.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:24 am

Also at Langley, this unusual ( for me) colored White-lined dirona aka Frosted aka Alabaster nudibranch :
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compared to others I have seen in the past
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:02 pm

After three weeks of diving elsewhere on Whidbey, I revisited Langley Tire Reef.
The Sunflower stars are still the dominant critters .
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I found Sailfin sculpin, the creature of the dark, actually out in the daylight ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:13 pm

Thanks Dusty. The Keystone parking lot is filled with boat trailers and all kinds of vehicles towing them, at least the part we dive in is No Fishing zone, so kelp in the thing to watch for not to get snarled by ...And kelp doesn't have hooks ...
This little sea star was described last year, so it now has its own scientific name. In Andy Lamb's book it is still listed as Henricia sp.nov.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:47 pm

Nice shot Jan. I like the one with the sculpin and the shrimp. Poor guy, Kinda like the horse and carrot.

I went by the puallup river heading up to Redondo early this morning and the fisher persons where elbow to elbow and there were zero boat and trailer spots to park. Not a good time to dive near a fishing spot!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:24 am

Shore entry during salmon season :
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This Wolf is still toothless :)
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Somewhat older neighbors ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Norris » Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:39 pm

So glad you posted this Jan. I saw one of those shrimp on a piece of kelp the other night and every time I placed my finger close to it, it would probe me with the two ends. It was really interesting and I had no idea how I was going to hunt down what I saw.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:03 pm

That is beautiful and unusual coloring on the Penpoint!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:22 pm

And wrapping up the three days of Pass diving.
When I took the picture, I thought the sculpin was having a meal, but at home on the computer screen
it looks like the skeleton managed to escape the bite by latching onto the lip and although the sculpin
was darting around with the meal soooo close, it was unable to bite it :rofl:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:04 pm

Nice work Jan, I love grunties. :luv:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:51 pm

Some more from the Pass. The good visibility at Keystone this Labor Day weekend did not materialized
at Deception Pass this tidal cycle ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:06 am

oldsalt wrote:Jan: Is the dorsal red blood vessel the distinguishing characterisitic? If not, how would I distinguish it from similar nereid worms? Again, good job.
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Curt,it is my guess. I could not find much in the books I have.
Maybe Leslie can comment with her expertise on the subject.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:20 am

Jan: Is the dorsal red blood vessel the distinguishing characterisitic? If not, how would I distinguish it from similar nereid worms? Again, good job.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:47 pm

Labor Day weekend - Keystone. Glorious weather :)
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Although "only" a worm, happy to add new species to my list ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:28 pm

Wow -- how do researchers figure that kind of thing out? I suppose it makes sense that a creature with no bone structure would have to have some way to keep its eyes roughly level . . . mine came that way. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:11 pm

It took me nine years to find a snailfish, now I see one on every dive. Probably the same one :)
I hope it grows bigger .
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GPO hiding inside the rocks of the jetty...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:27 am

Adding another critter to my list did not go the path I envisioned. When I spotted the small
Flattop crab and started to zoom in for better angle, Scalyhead sculpin darted in and grabbed
my photo model and ate it ! :eek:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:27 pm

Lovely photos of the light coming through the kelp. I took a Chicago diver to Titlow the other day, and I was amazed to find a whole bunch of kelp there (I had never seen it there before). I kept trying to make arm motions to say, "Look at the amazing vista", but I don't think it's as impressive when the viz is less than ten feet :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:56 pm

paul cursed me by saying there were lumpies out there, and sure enough, i found one.... but didn't have a camera on me

curses! curses!
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