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Postby Jan K » Sun Jun 24, 2007 7:01 pm

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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Postby Sounder » Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:03 am

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:
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Postby Tom Nic » Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:36 pm

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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Egg Guard

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 16, 2007 5:54 pm

Spring in full swing. Soon baby Painted Greenlings will join us swimming around.

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Adult material :)

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:13 pm

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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Shrimp exoskeleton

Postby Jan K » Thu Jun 07, 2007 2:04 pm

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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Manyribbed jelly

Postby Jan K » Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:54 pm

Another jelly, this one a common sight ...

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Eight Strand Jelly

Postby Jan K » Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:58 am

The visibility might not be that great lately, but some interesting critters are swimming through the planktonic soup with us ...

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Postby Sounder » Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:27 am

Anthropomorphizing? You and Mrs. Sounder (aka Mrs. Dictionary) should really get together. ](*,) :dontknow:
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Postby Tom Nic » Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:36 pm

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.

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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.
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Postby Zen Diver » Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:45 am

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.

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Postby Sounder » Thu May 31, 2007 10:01 am

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


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Postby Tom Nic » Thu May 31, 2007 9:20 am

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:
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Postby Zen Diver » Thu May 31, 2007 9:05 am

Jan, that's the worst pun I've heard in ages... #-o

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Sea goats

Postby Jan K » Thu May 31, 2007 6:06 am

Don't hire these guys to tend your HYDROidPONIC garden....


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Postby Sounder » Wed May 30, 2007 9:18 pm

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:
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Postby coachrenz » Wed May 30, 2007 8:06 pm

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?

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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.
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Postby Tom Nic » Wed May 30, 2007 2:14 pm

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?

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Postby coachrenz » Wed May 30, 2007 12:16 pm

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.
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Postby Sounder » Wed May 30, 2007 8:26 am

The illustration is too funny!
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Buffalo Sculpin

Postby Jan K » Wed May 30, 2007 7:34 am

Janna has explanation for the horns. When the Buffalo Sculpins are dead or about to die, the chin spines stick out like that. I agree, that fish doesn't look that healthy, although in general, this fish are not beauty queens ..

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Postby Zen Diver » Tue May 29, 2007 10:16 pm

Wow, cool find Jan! =D> I've never seen that before!

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Buffalo Sculpin

Postby Jan K » Tue May 29, 2007 6:22 pm

After seeing hundreds of Buffalo Sculpins, this is the first time I found one with spines erected. It was not reaction to my presence, the "horns" were up when I spotted it many feet away...

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Postby Tom Nic » Mon May 28, 2007 11:32 pm

Saw PILES of this stuff at Titlow a couple of weeks ago... had no idea what it was....

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Pooped

Postby Jan K » Mon May 28, 2007 5:04 pm

This weekend I notice that the Plumose Anemones at Keystone were contributing to the already particle filled water with a bigger caliber stuff. :pale:

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