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Posted: Wed May 30, 2007 12:16 pm
by coachrenz
Tom Nic wrote:Saw PILES of this stuff at Titlow a couple of weeks ago... had no idea what it was....

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Is it a compound social ascidian? I don't have my books with me and I can't get zoomed in close enough to look, but, there are several different ones out there that look similar.

Posted: Wed May 30, 2007 2:14 pm
by Tom Nic
coachrenz wrote:
Tom Nic wrote:Saw PILES of this stuff at Titlow a couple of weeks ago... had no idea what it was....

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Is it a compound social ascidian? I don't have my books with me and I can't get zoomed in close enough to look, but, there are several different ones out there that look similar.


I have absolutely NO idea... Except that Jan has pictures of "it" above seemingly "coming out of" Giant Plumose... weird... There certainly are enough of them at Titlow... I just did not connect the "stuff" with the plumose. Do compound social ascidians "come out" of plumose?

-Tom

Posted: Wed May 30, 2007 8:06 pm
by coachrenz
Tom Nic wrote:
coachrenz wrote:Is it a compound social ascidian? I don't have my books with me and I can't get zoomed in close enough to look, but, there are several different ones out there that look similar.


I have absolutely NO idea... Except that Jan has pictures of "it" above seemingly "coming out of" Giant Plumose... weird... There certainly are enough of them at Titlow... I just did not connect the "stuff" with the plumose. Do compound social ascidians "come out" of plumose?

-Tom


Nope. Do you have a closeup of it? Can you crop your original to get one or two of them nice and big? Ascidians have distinct structure to them.

IF the piles were under a bunch of Plumoses, then it could be plumose poo.

Posted: Wed May 30, 2007 9:18 pm
by Sounder
Last night at the I-beams I saw a substance similar to said "poo" on top of a few semi-closed plumose anemones... I think it's poo.

How often do plumose anemones poo? Certainly not something I see on every dive. More schmootz in the water provide more fiber? Too much caffeine in the water from all the coffee drinkers stimulating things (remember that article?)?

Ok, but really - how often does this happen and do they all go at the same time? :book:

Sea goats

Posted: Thu May 31, 2007 6:06 am
by Jan K
Don't hire these guys to tend your HYDROidPONIC garden....


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Posted: Thu May 31, 2007 9:05 am
by Zen Diver
Jan, that's the worst pun I've heard in ages... #-o

-Valerie

Posted: Thu May 31, 2007 9:20 am
by Tom Nic
Zen Diver 2 wrote:Jan, that's the worst pun I've heard in ages... #-o

-Valerie


Boy, you must not be around very many out of control punners, (unlike me!) I hear worse all the time!! ](*,)

Love the pics, as usual, Jan! Goes to show you that nudi's are definitely "predators" in their own right!

Valerie, is their a story behind your new avatar? Inquiring (nosy) minds want to know! :bounce:

Posted: Thu May 31, 2007 10:01 am
by Sounder
Valerie, is their a story behind your new avatar? Inquiring (nosy) minds want to know!


:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:45 am
by Zen Diver
Tom Nic wrote:
Zen Diver 2 wrote:Jan, that's the worst pun I've heard in ages... #-o

-Valerie


Boy, you must not be around very many out of control punners, (unlike me!) I hear worse all the time!! ](*,)

Valerie, is their a story behind your new avatar? Inquiring (nosy) minds want to know! :bounce:


I guess I should have said it's the worst pun I've heard from JAN in a long time...

And yes, there is a story to the new avatar. My good friend Bob Lew took that photo about a year or so back, at Cove 2. There was an elderly, dying GPO that was out in the open and we both were able (and priviledged) to be able to get close to him for several photos. We snapped away, and toward the end, the poor fellow (the octo, not Bob) reached out with one tentacle and I swear I felt him push me, as if to say "enough, will you leave me alone?" Maybe I'm anthropomorphizing, but it was almost a poignant moment, and we moved away. This was one of the pix Bob took, and it's one of my favorite UW pix of me.

-Valerie

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:36 pm
by Tom Nic
Zen Diver 2 wrote:I guess I should have said it's the worst pun I've heard from JAN in a long time...

And yes, there is a story to the new avatar. My good friend Bob Lew took that photo about a year or so back, at Cove 2. There was an elderly, dying GPO that was out in the open and we both were able (and priviledged) to be able to get close to him for several photos. We snapped away, and toward the end, the poor fellow (the octo, not Bob) reached out with one tentacle and I swear I felt him push me, as if to say "enough, will you leave me alone?" Maybe I'm anthropomorphizing, but it was almost a poignant moment, and we moved away. This was one of the pix Bob took, and it's one of my favorite UW pix of me.

-Valerie


Very cool story and cool moment Val. Knowing Bob and you I can totally picture it. And yes, you anthropomorphizing... be we are anthro's, we can do that! \:D/ Perhaps this sounds funny, but I beleive that as humans we can "give" something meaning that perhaps may not have had any in the "normal" scheme of things.

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:27 am
by Sounder
Anthropomorphizing? You and Mrs. Sounder (aka Mrs. Dictionary) should really get together. ](*,) :dontknow:

Eight Strand Jelly

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:58 am
by Jan K
The visibility might not be that great lately, but some interesting critters are swimming through the planktonic soup with us ...

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Manyribbed jelly

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:54 pm
by Jan K
Another jelly, this one a common sight ...

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Shrimp exoskeleton

Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 2:04 pm
by Jan K
It is amazing that the shrimp (and other crustatians) can crawl out of their old shell and leave it intact without making mess out of it.

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Adult material :)

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:13 pm
by Jan K
Well, after seeing hundreds of crabs in premating embrace, I finally caught pair in the act of making more crabs \:D/

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Egg Guard

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 5:54 pm
by Jan K
Spring in full swing. Soon baby Painted Greenlings will join us swimming around.

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Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:36 pm
by Tom Nic
Very nice Jan! Have you ever seen the baby ones swimming around?

Skip called this one Angelina Jolie... and I can certainly see why!

I think I will be referring to Painted Greenling as the Angelina Joliefish!

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Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:03 am
by Sounder
Jan - your illustration of the Dungies post-lovin' smoking is the funniest thing I've seen in a LONG time!!! Those pictures are almost not-safe-for-work!!!

Thank you for brightening up my morning with a good belly laugh! :prayer:

Graceful Decorator

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 7:01 pm
by Jan K
This crabs are sometimes almost impossible to see, so I included almost a "bare butt" and one in full camo outfit :smt032

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Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 8:19 am
by Tom Nic
Very nice! =D>

I love the variety in the look of these crab... with them grabbing local species you just never know what you are going to get. The one in his gilly suit at the bottom of your collage is so cool!

Pink Short-spine stars

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:41 pm
by Jan K
Do you remember Woody Allen's "Everything you always wanted to know about sex but were affraid to ask" ? Well I found myself in Pink Short-spined Star orgy.


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Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:16 pm
by Sounder
"GIVE ME AN EGG OR GIVE ME DEATH!":sign10:

"ALL UNITS, BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR A GIANT BOUNCING..." :smt119

What a great movie. I have to rent that one again - haven't thought about it in years.

Thanks Jan. EXCELLENT drawing of the "guys in the white suits." :sign10:

Lingcod & flounder

Posted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 3:06 pm
by Jan K
The Starry Flounder tries to flee the moment it sees me and my camera. So I asked the Lingcod to hold the flatfish so I can take its picture...
(just kidding) :pale:

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Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 7:46 am
by Tom Nic
So THAT's how they get so big! :pale:

Cryptic

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 5:57 am
by Jan K
This tiny little slug is camouflaged more then in one way. Even its name, common and scientific is hard to pinpoint. One book calls it the Steinberg's Corambe and another one is there under the name Cryptic. While Corambe steinbergae in one - Doridella steinbergi in second. According to Slug Forum, the leading forum on slugs - Doridella was moved into the genus of Corambe. So till I get corrected ( it would not be the first time :D ), Corambe it is. If I didn't see the eggs, I would probably never find this slug. THey are on the Kelp-encrusting Bryozoans, plentiful now at Keystone, so keep your eyes "peeled" - good luck hunting...;)

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