New pictures from my last dive

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Post by Tom Nic » Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:50 pm

Your fish looks to be a Crescent Gunnel
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Post by H20doctor » Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:01 pm

These were from Mukilteo
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Post by H20doctor » Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:11 pm

Cool a gunnel, Ive seen them larger and bright Green... The Octo was at mukilteo last week on Wed night.. We always see Octopus when we dive there...

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Post by Tom Nic » Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:22 pm

H20doctor wrote:Cool a gunnel, Ive seen them larger and bright Green... The Octo was at mukilteo last week on Wed night.. We always see Octopus when we dive there...


The green one was probably a Penpoint Gunnel, like this one
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Post by H20doctor » Thu Sep 27, 2007 10:26 pm

Yep, I see those guys all the time diving...they are quite common
Where is Day Island Wall, and how do you get to it..? is it a shore dive or Boat..?

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Re: New pictures from my last dive

Post by nwscubamom » Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:04 am

H20doctor wrote:These are from Edmonds U P..

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1380/145 ... 5b.jpg?v=0

...And what type of sponge is that orange stuff..?


That's no sponge - that's an invasive tunicate - Botrylloides violaceous. :(

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Post by Tom Nic » Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:05 am

H20doctor wrote:Yep, I see those guys all the time diving...they are quite common
Where is Day Island Wall, and how do you get to it..? is it a shore dive or Boat..?


Gunnels are one of my favorite Puget Sound critters. I think they have an almost dog-like quality about their face, but then that's me! :rr:

Day Island is here in the South end, a FABULOUS dive site... either by shore or by boat. You should be able to google it no prob...

It is VERY current sensitive... you are basically in the Tacoma Narrows, and IMO need to dive this on a very minimal exchange with timed slack. It's not a good beginner dive site, and best explored with buddies who have been there before.
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Re: New pictures from my last dive

Post by Tom Nic » Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:06 am

nwscubamom wrote:
H20doctor wrote:These are from Edmonds U P..

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1380/145 ... 5b.jpg?v=0

...And what type of sponge is that orange stuff..?


That's no sponge - that's an invasive tunicate - Botrylloides violaceous. :(

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Yikes!
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Re: New pictures from my last dive

Post by Zen Diver » Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:52 am

nwscubamom wrote:
That's no sponge - that's an invasive tunicate - Botrylloides violaceous. :(

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Do you have any info on this latest invader Janna? :book: I wasn't aware we had a new one to deal with.

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Post by nwscubamom » Fri Sep 28, 2007 10:40 am

There are two species we've been sort of keeping our eyes on - Botrylloides violaceous and it's similar looking cousin, Botryllus schlosseri. They often inhabit marinas and are found under docks. They're actually pretty common.

Although they are non-native, they are classified as non-nuisance species at this point. They haven't seemed to pose enough of a threat to native species. They're more of a ...keep an eye on them sort of deal.

I've started keeping track where I've seen them on my dives - places OUTSIDE marinas.

One gal from the University of Chicago is studying them extensively - Erin Grey. Here's her website on the subject:
http://home.uchicago.edu/~egrey/reporting_invasives.htm

FWIW, I submitted a report to WDFW about the Botrylloides you found at Edmonds UW park - with a link to your photo. Thanks H2ODoctor!

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Post by H20doctor » Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:19 pm

Weel that evasive orange stuff, I took on some rocks at edmonds, But I cannot disclose the location cause it our little secret dive... But It does look like a sponge to me, or some type of encrusting algae... Too bad its Not a SPS coral , I could grow it in my saltwater Reef Tank in my living room.... As for Island Day Wall, I love Ripping Currant, Love it..Love it.. I have been some some nasty current and its always been fun..

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