Jellyfish spawn eggs and sperm, which combine in the water. From the fertilized eggs develop invisible blastula, which are hollow spheres of cells. From these develop planulas which swim by means of vibrating hairs. Still invisible to the naked eye. For the next stage, the planulas have to find an empty space under rocky overhang where they metamorphose into polyps - scyphistoma. And that is what I found at Lagoon Point. The polyp rapidly buds off many segments like stacked saucers, which detach to become swimming larva (ephyra), completing the cycle as pulsating medusa. Now I am waiting for the jellyfish big enough to photograph
Thanks Frank, glad you like my site, even if not all underwater stuff. BTW, that motorhome was not mine, Jeep is all I drive...
The plankton soup cutting down visibility to three feet, and that is fuzzy three feet at best, I found three small Sea Pens at Langley. It has been many years since I spotted one there..
Kudos for being able to sneak up on them... and two for the price of one.. double Kudos....
Went to the Smug site, very nice and about time eh??? enjoyed the Alcan Hiway photos... posted a comment there... I just like to know all the "Private dive sites" on whidby are.. heheh... secret spots eh???
Usually, I find the worm with one trumpet only, Worm expert Leslie had this to say about my recent find:
Rare but not unknown. The crowns consist of 2 semicircles of radioles (the individual feathers). Normally the second dorsalmost radiole on one of the semicircle is modified into the operculum. If it's lost the worm will regrow another one often on the other semicircle. Some just like having two I guess. Individuals with 2 opercula (that's the plural form) usually have one smaller than the other which is the case here.
Adding to the not so spectacular list for creatures, Spaghetti Sponge.
Also I am in process of uploading archival stuff to my new site:
http://JanKocian.smugmug.com So take a peek and let me know what you think. Thanks.
And here I thought Fred and Bob were the two guys living in the upper floor of Janna's new avatar!
GREAT pic, by the way! Love those gunnels... and the warbonnets, and the nudis, and the sculpins, etc. etc. etc. etc.
More Pics Than You Have Time To Look AT "Anyone who thinks this place is over moderated is bat-crazy anarchist." -Ben, Airsix "Warning: No dive masters are going to be there, Just a bunch of old fat guys taking pictures of fish." -Bassman
Won't he have a funny story to tell when he makes it out of there!?
"See, I was on my way over to the Plumose Anemones, when this silly little Corella sucked me into it's siphon!!! It was like BAM! Nothing I could do! I sat in there for hours trying to figure out how to get out...Then this diver guy came over to me and started poking on the side like I was in an aquarium or something! "