Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 15, 2018 7:34 am

More info on marine life spawning event in Deception Pass waters.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 13, 2018 6:36 am

Without mothers, there would not be life as we know it ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat May 12, 2018 7:58 am

May 8. The third day of Deception Pass dives proved to be the most exciting. Not only the slack currents lasted over one hour, but the underwater world in the Pass exploded into a truly spawning extravaganza. The Painted anemone is a very common in most dive sites around Whidbey Island. I see few on almost every dive, but in thousands of dives, I have never witnessed them spawning. While I saw few spawning on the yesterday's dive, this time there were hundreds releasing gametes into the water which turned the visibility into a almost fog-like scene. Some call photographing this spawning porn or X-rated activity, but to me it is chance to witness how nature makes all this underwater beauty possible. Enjoy this for what it is - future fields of colorful anemones. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri May 11, 2018 8:43 am

Second day Deception Pass tidal cycle attracted only two divers.
So we had the beauty of underwater garden to ourselves. The visibility is down to the fact, that many of the marine critters decided to spawn.
Red sea cucumbers doing their thing .... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby fmerkel » Thu May 10, 2018 1:25 pm

These are the fast swimming 'centipedes' you sometimes see in your lights on a night dive, and sometimes a lot.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu May 10, 2018 7:05 am

A new words to learn today - Epitoky, epitoke and atoke , all part of this wiggly Nereid worm . :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 08, 2018 7:43 am

It was an early morning start on Sunday when a group of divers assembled at the Little North Beach parking lot, Deception Pass State Park. Gray overcast above, colors down below.
Jess is smiling even as her drysuit was flooding due to a leaky valve. Us divers are like this, just a little crazy, but happy, (most of the time). :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon May 07, 2018 7:16 pm

Coupeville Wharf and Penn Cove, bad visibility here is the norm. But the sea stars sure like it here...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 06, 2018 2:43 pm

It was nice to see schools of rockfish reappear after being absent in Langley Harbor for the last few months...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat May 05, 2018 10:00 am

Slugs,shrimp and one fish from Lagoon Point.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu May 03, 2018 12:29 pm

May 1st. Little bit of good news from Langley Harbor. I came across 29 juvenile Sunflower stars, all of them look healthy ! Still only 6 to 8 inches across, but hopefully they will survive to become the large predators thy once ruled at Langley tire reef area. The wasting disease is still present, although not affecting other sea stars in any significant numbers. Fingers crossed ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed May 02, 2018 10:11 am

Scallop, tunicate and trumpet worm - more color from Lagoon Point.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 01, 2018 7:13 am

Curt, how right you are. Although " A rose by any other name would smell as sweet", it is frustrating at times.

Spaghetti and worm in the same description. I am glad it is underwater and not on my plate. And the same goes for the shrimp ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:42 pm

Keeping track of nomenclature will keep you occupied for the rest of your life. It will never be settled and always disputed. I applaud your efforts. Metridium senile is one of the first I learned a half century ago. In that interval I have become Curt senile. :rawlings:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:38 am

There seems to be a never ending stream of corrections, attempts to correct and downright "fake news" concerning classification of marine life as I try to keep up. I am beginning to feel like sticking to common name creates less headaches even if it is a poor way to describe the critters we encounter.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:43 am

Skyline seaweed is also showing some bleaching.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:19 am

Deception Pass. Even the slugs had a hard time hanging on in the currents on Monday morning.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:06 am

Keystone Jetty, April 24. Only one Lingcod found. Not a good sign.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:41 pm

I visited the Deception Pass this Monday.
The currents this tide cycle were wilder than I expected and the visibility was lousy too, silty ten feet...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:25 pm

Glad you like them :)
More marine critters from under the docks at Lagoon Point.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Scubak » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:00 am

Beautiful pics Jan...
Thank you again for this wonderful thread.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:13 pm

Agreed, I love that one too!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:16 pm

One of my favorite cold water Nudi's!! Gorgeous shots, BTW. I've always thought they look like fireworks!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:29 pm

Fun with Janolus fuscus...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:46 am

Another visit to Possession Point Fingers. Abandoned Lingcod egg mass, some slugs, Buffalo sculpins and Red Irish Lords.
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