Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:16 am

Jan: The ability to match the background makes the flounders the champion in my book, although stonefish and frogfish can be pretty hard to see. Sometimes I have to check my notes to realize what is supposed to be in my tropical photos. Your drawings really help highlight the fish. Below is another Irish Lord, while not as cryptic as yours, I think the white patterns on the fish aligning with the background is interesting.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:33 am

Dan, second opinion is always a smart move. When I researched fish tumors,
I could not find anything which resembled this Ling's problem.
But now, back to diving. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dphershman » Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:15 pm

I've seen these types of things on fish before and figured they were some sort of tumor. A viral infection causes this? ..... amazing.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:05 am

Not sure about the diagnosis, I keep seeing this large female Ling at Langley now
for more than two years, I still wonder how it can survive with tumors in mouth :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:55 pm

Jan: Great pictures of a little animal which revived my memory. We had a late ichthyology lab at Shannon Point marine biology labs, ending near midnight, followed by field collecting at 6am the next morning. We decided to sleep on Shannon Point beach, rolling out our sleeping bags. We spent the night, but got little sleep, because these little amphipods which had been feeding on the rafts of algae bombarded us and invaded our sleeping bags. I've never looked at these crustaceans benevolently since. :angry:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:45 am

Another critter added to my list.
Even if it is only a flea :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:36 am

You sure seen to have the knack for being in the right place at the right time. Good job ID'ing that critter from just the tail markings.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:42 am

dphershman wrote: just about everything underwater is a voracious predator!

And it goes on and on :burntchef:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:15 pm

Blaiz, easy with calling people names ! :)
You managed to take the Manacled sculpin pictures on your first trip to Canada,
I struggled for nine years here....
OK, looks like the Lingcod annual internal physical exams are in progress, two sightings
this weekend. At least to my knowledge, maybe others saw it happen too ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Blaiz » Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:21 pm

Jan, once again your education and TIMELINESS amaze me... I took a picture of a critter i didn't recognize on our browning pass trip, then guess what I find when I got home today!? You are a genius!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:29 am

Added another critter to my list :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:22 pm

more from the weekend menu at the Keystone dining hall :
serving jello, I mean jelly ... :burntchef:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:29 am

That top pic sez it all! The expression on his face is priceless!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby BASSMAN » Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:54 pm

Wow! :eek:

Nice picture!
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I am a man with no toes. Soon to be a scuba diver, with no toes!!!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:37 pm

Lynne, I am glad that you found the cryptic critter, it took me years :)
dphershman wrote: photos remind us that just about everything underwater is a voracious predator!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:26 pm

Jan, I have to tell you that, solely because of this thread, I found a cryptic nudibranch today! Saw the bryozoan, knew what to look for, and found it! Neither of my buddies could understand why I was bouncing up and down and squeaking through my regulator, but I knew. Just an example of how these pages enrich diving for the rest of us. Thank you so much!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby dphershman » Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:26 am

Scalyheads are one of my favorites... These photos remind us that just about everything underwater is a voracious predator!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Oct 08, 2011 10:29 am

Poor crab, with the mob of Scalyhead sculpins tearing it apart, it had no chance...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:50 pm

Course sea fir hydroids are one of my favorites. They are home to many of my favorite nudies. If you look really close in the pic in the frame you will see one on the tip. :angelblue:

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:28 pm

some more from this tide cycle at the Pass
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:02 am

Nice opportunity to see a gunnel out in the open! I love finding the little guys -- it takes a patient and discerning eye to pull them out of their camouflage sometimes.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Dusty2 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:07 pm

Beautiful shots on the white spotted greenling. That's the wonderful thing about night dives. You can get close to the really skidish fish because they are sleeping not to mention the night shift comes out and you can get nice shots of critters like that sailfin.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:38 pm

After not so productive dive at Deception Pass, while I was hanging around the shallows
during my safety stop, Penpoint gunnel appears from the silty waters, slithering across the
rock gravel bottom towards the kelp patch letting me snap few pictures before disappearing
among the blades, matching its colors perfectly with the algae.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:27 pm

Thanks, glad you enjoy them.
More from that night dive. It seems when the greenlings don't see my ugly face, they don't get
scared and don't mind to pose for pictures ... :)
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And the sculpins like sailing in the night too :
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby LCF » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:41 pm

Oh, great photos, Jan! Sculpins fascinate and frustrate me, because so many of them are small. They're a lot of the reason I've been trying to learn to use a camera. I might not know what I'm looking at when I'm looking at it, but maybe I can know when I get home!
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