Whidbey Island Critters

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Post by Tom Nic » Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:19 pm

I would call the one in the lower right hand corner of your Coppers a Brown based on the indistinctiveness of the lateral line.

But that's just me.... :-)
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Rockfish

Post by Jan K » Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:56 pm

On my last dives at Keystone Jetty, I came across some strikingly different colored rockfish. Not hundred percent positive, but I still think they are variation of Coppers. The one in question, is the first upper one of the four pictured. :book:

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And Black Rockfish too:
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Post by Tom Nic » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:54 pm

Beautiful pics Jan! I love the colors on the Painted Greenlings! Nice clarity as well. =D>

I wonder if there is a "timing logic" to the breeding? By that I mean, would the greenlings at Langley breed on their own timetable, or could we expect the Painted Greenlings down in our neck of the woods in South Sond to be breeding as well?

Curious if anyone has knowledge of this.
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Painted Greenlings

Post by Jan K » Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:16 pm

The romance is still going on at Keystone Jetty, breeding colors displayed proudly by some of the Painted Greenling pairs.

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Post by Zen Diver » Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:53 am

The egg ribbons always look like knit cuffs to me. Great shots Jan!

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Noble dorids

Post by Jan K » Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:25 am

Inside the jetty rocks, Noble dorids are busy creating new generation of yellow slugs :bounce:

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Post by Tom Nic » Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:00 pm

They sure are gnarly looking critters! :rr:
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Plainfin Midshipman

Post by Jan K » Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:53 pm

From the murky waters of Langley Tire Reef -

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Post by LCF » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:33 am

Bob and I dove Deception Island last year, and I remember laughing my head off at the number of scallops that flapped off in terror at Bob's approach. They remind me of possessed dentures . . .
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Post by Joshua Smith » Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:03 pm

I love the Scallops! I'll never forget the first time I saw one "jetting" through the water to get away from me! And, as much as I love eating them, It was probably a good idea to get as far away from me as possible! Ha!


Great pics, as always, Jan! Thank you for sharing them here!
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Spiny Pink Scallops

Post by Jan K » Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:42 pm

Just outside of Deception PAss, Whidbey Island, Deception Island provides a protected dive site when the currents in the pass are ripping. Not much fish life, visibility wasn't that good, but lots and lots of scallops..

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Post by LCF » Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:41 am

Wow -- I really LOVE the behaviors you catch with your camera! So much more educational than just pretty pictures. Thanks, as always, Jan.
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Saddleback gunnels

Post by Jan K » Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:44 am

It takes the entire family when Saddleback gunnels go clamming in the shallow waters off Keystone Jetty..

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Post by Jan K » Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:57 pm

LCF - Thank you for your kind words, I hope you had a great dive. Sorry I missed you yesterday, I dove Langley in the morning - visibility was bad, wish I went to Keystone instead. Well, I went to Keystone this afternoon, I had a interesting dive, my drysuit leaked to point of flooding, so I was very, very wet and cold, but as most of time, did see interesting things...Cheers, Jan

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Re: Sex life of cucumber

Post by Tom Nic » Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:50 pm

Jan K wrote:Well, from what I saw, it was not an orgy, the other cucumbers in the vicinity did not show much interest in the gyration of the individual I was taking pictures of


You never know... perhaps they were not unlike homo sapiens... various members of the species of which can be given to attention getting gyrations of various kinds that others just ignore.... :-)
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Post by LCF » Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:28 pm

We went and dove Keystone yesterday, Jan, and I looked excitedly around when we got there to see if anybody looked like your drawings of you -- and the whole time we were underwater, I kept thinking about all the wonderful things you find there, and telling myself, "Go slowly and look CAREFULLY."

We had a wonderful dive, and you are partially to thank for it :)
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Sex life of cucumber

Post by Jan K » Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:46 am

Well, from what I saw, it was not an orgy, the other cucumbers in the vicinity did not show much interest in the gyration of the individual I was taking pictures of ...

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Humpy shrimp?

Post by Jan K » Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:13 pm

Thin red lines, humpy looking, hope that I ID it correctly.. :book:

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It is not Humpy, it is Sitka shrimp - Heptacarpus sitchensis
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Painted Greenling

Post by Jan K » Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:07 pm

Langley Reef - I found that eggs are still being laid and guarded by the Painted Greenling..

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Post by Zen Diver » Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:26 am

GillyWeed wrote: Either that or he is just a big bully and wont share.. =)[/color]


Yes, he's just being shellfish....

(heading off to sleep now to escape the groans...)

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Post by GillyWeed » Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:59 am

Its like he's sentimental or something.. He had to save all the old shells he used to live in.. Either that or he is just a big bully and wont share.. =)
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Hermit Crab

Post by Jan K » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:32 pm

I met this shell collector at Keystone. \:D/

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Post by LCF » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:27 am

I've often wondered about how you dive Keystone so often. I've been told to avoid the site in any but very small tidal exchanges, but you seem to dive there all the time. Now I know the answer -- You don't mind being dust in the wind!
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Post by Zen Diver » Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:43 pm

I love the cartoons of the diver's tanks being pulled off by the current! Looks exactly how I've felt at times...

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Pilings

Post by Jan K » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:14 pm

The currents get little crazy sometimes even at the Pilings

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