Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Nov 06, 2011 1:53 pm

"There's Gold In Them Hills" :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:03 pm

Wow -- very timely, Jan! When we were up at God's Pocket, I spent a lot of time looking at the little water jellies, because so many of them had hitchhikers. I thought they were small crabs, but I'll bet they were some kind of amphipod, as in your photos.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:25 pm

Great shots on those little critters Jan! A very difficult subject. :notworthy:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:11 pm

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Spaceship Jellyfish :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:26 am

Jan K wrote:Tom, you are one fast typing diver, beat me to the answer :)



Yes, but your answer was way prettier!! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:23 am

Tom, you are one fast typing diver, beat me to the answer :)

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:21 am

Diver_Dave wrote:Do u guys ever see Puget sound king crabs down there???

I see juveniles on almost every dive at Keystone, but for the adults, we have to go north, Sares Head on Fidalgo Island, neighbor to Whidbey or San Juan Islands where they are more common.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:19 am

Juveniles in the Sound and adults in the San Juans.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Diver_Dave » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:56 pm

Do u guys ever see Puget sound king crabs down there???
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:55 pm

Appropriate Halloweeny image!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:57 pm

Dusty2 wrote:That spotting factor on the female kelpies must be a deception pass thing. I have never seen it down here??

Dusty: Kelp greenling - both sexes - show up at Mukliteo.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:51 am

Still giving me new things to look for, huh, Jan?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:28 pm

That spotting factor on the female kelpies must be a deception pass thing. I have never seen it down here??

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:10 pm

My Canadian friend after dive in the Deception Pass talked me into a dive
at Keystone. Of course, we could not hit the slack at the second location
so instead of having to fight the Deception Pass currents, we went for a ride
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:23 pm

I really do love your over and under blended pictures!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:27 pm

dwashbur wrote:Looks like the stubby is getting ready to nab that roughback sculpin. Is that the case?

No, the fish did not become a dinner....

Since the access to the North Beach will be closed for the winter starting November 1,
I took adavtage of the last three day window to get some dives in there ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dwashbur » Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:11 am

Looks like the stubby is getting ready to nab that roughback sculpin. Is that the case?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:56 am

Stubbies are one of my favorite things to find on a dive -- they're so pretty, and so interesting to watch!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:06 pm

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Ratfish eyeshine seen here results from from a reflective layer on the back of the eye, the tapetum lucidum, which provides more light to photoreceptors and improves night vision.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:07 am

Eyeshine. Probably more appropriate posting for Halloween :eek:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:37 pm

mattwave wrote:http://emeralddiving.com/sixgill_video_512.html

Looks like sixgills like starfish too :burntchef:


Big sixgills - great video! Very impressive sharks... :eek:

Those sharks are exhibiting feeding behavior as far as I can tell, and If those videos were shot when I think they were, then I heard that there were folks that were baiting for sixgills at Three Tree around that time.

They are "searching"... not just wandering by. Those sharks were "looking" for what they "smelled" that brought them in, and I'm betting the Sunflower Star was collateral damage. I doubt that sixgills would have Sunflower Stars as a prey item, but then again, what do I know? :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:29 pm

Great video !
And Sunflower star will drop everything and run if only touched by Morning Sun star (Solaster dawsoni).


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