Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:01 pm

Wow. Who knew?

Thanks Jan for bringing to our attention another wonder of the life we see on almost every dive but don't always notice.

Much appreciated....
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:42 am

Sea stars revisited ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:41 am

Oh, Jan, that third picture up is simply stunning! I am such a nut for color . . .

That's an exciting find on the crab. I'm sure you're letting the folks who write the books know about it!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:39 pm

Why is my Canadian friend Mike beaming?
His first time in the Deception Pass wonderland :)
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And some of the fishermen we had to pass by actually caught salmon ..
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:15 pm

I had a light bulb moment in the middle of the night last night . . . Jan isn't hot on doing a book, because it is a lot of work and up front expense, for probably very little eventual return.

But how hard would it be to create a website where all these beautiful pages could be loaded and INDEXED, so that someone looking for information on fish wouldn't have to wade through four pages of nudibranch pictures? I asked Peter, but he said he had no idea what would be involved in doing that. Anybody here with that kind of experience? Would it be hard? I'd sure be willing to volunteer for anything time-consuming and requiring no specific computer skills :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Scubak » Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:36 am

I so love your postings and photos and pages.
I wish you would do a volume 2, 3 and so on!!!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:03 pm

Thank you for researching this question! I have often wondered whether the "stuff" that sticks to them is just stuck on the spines, or is there for a reason.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Aug 21, 2011 4:47 pm

Thanks for your kind words.
I am sure you have seen the sea urchins with stuff tucked on them.
Here are some theories why they do it... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby WylerBear » Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:13 pm

Wow! Very cool! Nice work as always, Jan.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:08 pm

Jan, you once again blow me away. The things you see! If I ever see anybody say they don't want to dive the same site again because they're tired of it, I'm going to refer them to this thread.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:44 pm

After all those dives at Keystone and still finding a new critter to add to my list.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:25 pm

This gentleman, Richard Salas, published his extraordinarily beautiful book on the Channel Islands by taking subscriptions until he made up the cost of publishing the book -- it took less than six months to get enough pre-purchases.

Just sayin' . . .
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Norris » Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:25 am

fnerg wrote:Totally. A big,full-color coffetable book would be awesome!


Let the record show that I have one of Jan's books currently sitting on my coffee table. I was thinking about ordering another as I am ready for more shots such as the ones seen on here.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby fnerg » Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:43 pm

Totally. A big,full-color coffetable book would be awesome!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:52 pm

Jan, a compilation of these pages would be one of the most entertaining and educational marine guides to the PNW that could possibly be! I learn SO much from what you post -- and part of the learning is being so seduced and enchanted with the images.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:59 am

dphershman wrote: I don't envy that hike though.

but it is worth it ...
It doesn't take much to entertain me. This time I play with a little dot on sea star's body -
the MADREPORITE. ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:03 pm

I'd need a 4 wheeler to make that trek!

Nice work on the RIL's I like how the lower one looks like he has stripes.

You must be :nutty: doing that trek on a hot day like today! :eek:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dphershman » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:46 pm

Lovely sponge formations! I don't envy that hike though.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:41 am

Bring your hiking boots :) (kidding)...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:57 pm

Okay, Jan . . . on my list is, before the end of 2011, to make it up to dive Deception Pass with you!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:36 pm

And some more from my life under the bridge :)
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Current? I don't see any stinking current ! I am busy with his lordship....
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Crab enjoying seafood jello. I mean jelly ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby nwscubamom » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:38 am

Love the wardrobe malfunction shot!
I was surprised to see a YELLOW Irish Lord in Milton Love's new book. I'd never heard of that before, although I've seen RILs dressed in Yellow. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:09 am

Thank you Lynne, they are hard to get with a point and shoot for all the reasons you are finding out with your camera :)
In the last few days the moon phase eased up on its tidal influence, but the bridge on the north end of Whidbey
beckoned with its gravitational force - so in spite of leaky suit, I enjoyed five days of diving there.
The promised summer sun didn't materialize while I was diving, the underwater world proved to be more
colorful then the one above ..
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Wardrobe malfunction on one of the feather duster worm ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:37 pm

OMG, Jan, I can't BELIEVE you got such amazing shots of the sea angels! When I've seen them, they've always been very busily flapping away, and they can make surprising speed. These pictures are incredible!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:24 pm

What floats in the miso soup I am diving in lately
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