Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:33 pm

Little nudibranchs eating little sea pens ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:23 pm

Joel Hedgepeth was listed as the editor of my first book on marine biology, "Between Pacific Tides" (1969 ed.) By all accounts he was quite a character.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:52 pm

Thanks for kind words Curtis, Whidbey diving misses you...
And now from the annals of marine biologists and their pets :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dashrynn » Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:39 am

Jan, you continue being an inspiration for us all. Your creativity is unique and brings another view to the scene.


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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:49 pm

It makes you wonder how they ever get all those long legs disentangled, doesn't it?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:13 pm

Breaking up a fight .
Lots of skinny legs on the walls of Possession Point Fingers...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sat Dec 03, 2011 9:25 pm

For heaven's sake, Jan, don't feel the least bit bad!

This is an ID mistake we would all be inclined to make . . . having the clear photos, and the correction, might make us stop and say, "Wow, if Jan could be unsure about this one, I'd better be pretty careful about making positive ID."
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:08 pm

Thanks Dusty. Serves me right hurrying on this last night. If I payed more attention I would know,
that in Dave's Eastern Pacific Nudibranchs the Red Flabellina is Long-mouthed Aeolid. And the
slugs do have long snouts ....

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:35 pm

Great shots on those Jan. So crisp and clear. Love the little lights in their heads! :tomnic:

Of course I have never made a wrong ID ever!!! :rofl: :rofl:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:18 pm

Not the first time I am wrong. And if I keep at it, probably not the last time.
I appreciate your help, I surely don't want to spread a wrong critter identification.
Here is the correction:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:57 pm

One of my favorite nudi's! And unless I have also been mistaken in my previous ID I have to concur - Flabellina triophina.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:28 am

This is by far my most favorite thread so I'm sorry to have to disagree with the master :notworthy:

Because these are such great photos it makes the ID allot easier. I'm going with Flabellina trophina on these guys Jan. The head shape is very distinctive with it's pronounced snout as are the oral tentacles and rinophores which are much longer and more pointed also the rinophores are smooth rather than verrucose as they would be with verrucosa (hence the name). A very common mistake with these two critters as they are quite similar and Verrucosa does tend to be allot more common in our waters.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:06 am

One spot at Possession Fingers had about a dozen of these Flabellinas ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dwashbur » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:14 pm

One of my phenomenal memories of the late great Edmonds Oil Dock was seeing a ratfish feeding frenzy one day under the metal part. There was a huge cluster of big feather duster tubeworms, and those ratfish were going to town on them like there was no tomorrow. It was just about the most amazing thing I have seen underwater to date. Great photo essay as usual, Jan!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:43 pm

I love ratties . . . one of the things we've discovered about them is that they are translucent. Shine an HID light close to them, and you can see through the entire fish!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:04 pm

Norris: Just as well that you like them. Their Puget Sound population continues to grow. I read one recent report which claims the ratfish's biomass exceeds that of any other fish in the sound.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Norris » Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:24 pm

Awesome on the ratfish Jan. One thing I really love about them is that they only use their pectoral fins for swiming as though they are actually flying. I really like them fish
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:57 pm

Ratfish "airshow" :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:25 pm

A photosynthesizing animal . . . and the lines blur further. Fascinating information, Jan!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dphershman » Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:24 pm

Dusty2 wrote:nice shots, That's one you have on me Jan, I have never seen these.



Ditto here, never seen one, hope to soon. Wonderful photos! And the discussion of chlorophyl is a wonderful addition too. Are they similar to the Lettuce nudibranchs one sees down in the Caribbean?
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:06 pm

Not so easy to add new critter to the list, but I did manage on last night's dive at Langley.
One month ago, the sandy plain was host to lots of Blackbelly eelpouts. Last night, I did not
see a single one, but the Blacktip poachers were all over the place. And so I can add that
poacher to my list now. Diving just doesn't get old :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:35 am

Dusty2 wrote: I have never seen these.

Thanks Dusty, like everything else, the hardest is to find the first on. Once your eyes and brain
recognizes that the "little piece of seaweed with horns" is actually a slug, then it is so much
easier to find them.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:02 am

nice shots, That's one you have on me Jan, I have never seen these.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:40 pm

Diving in protected, but murky waters of Lagoon Point, trying to avoid the tempest
all around us, I found numerous Hedgpeth's Sapsuckers, they seem to be winter
visitors to Whidbey ... Or I just didn't look close enough in the other seasons ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:23 am

Burr! Winter is here.
Nice pic of the cold mountains. Anytime they are that clear you know it's cold! but flat water like that is hard to resist given winter's penchant for windy days.


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