Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Sharkb8 » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:47 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of or seen photos of tropical oysters. What a cool thing to see!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:30 pm

Jan: When I think about it, I must laugh at myself. If I were to tell someone how eagerly I await your posts, and they asked "What is in them?" "Oh, pictures of oysters, sponges, flatworms, and slugs." Add my near obsession with whales and seabirds, no wonder I am considered weird. Thanks again for your post. - Curt :snorkel:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:39 am

Thanks Tangfish, tropics do show off their colors even in worms. Flatworms that is :)

Encrusting sponges beautifying Giant Honeycomb Oysters...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tangfish » Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:42 am

Wowza! That flatworm is spectacular, Jan!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:39 pm

Flatworm and slug to brighten up your Sunday :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:27 pm

It is nothing but water ... :)
The leisure stroll on Main Street continued ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:20 pm

When I look at the wonders you depict, I think of an exchange I had with a cousin years ago. He asked why I didn't return to my birth state of Missouri. "It doesn't have an ocean for one thing" I replied. He answered, "What's the big deal about the ocean? It is nothing but water." Nothing but water indeed.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:43 am

Fiji - dive # 8, Main Street. So many questions about the new sights presented in this new to me underwater tropical world. For example, when I saw some of the soft coral releasing what to me looked like string of eggs, similar to the spawn of Plumose anemones here in our cold water, I assumed that I am witnessing coral spawning. Not so. After long search on the internet, I found out that the coral was shedding skin, something which the Toadstool Leather coral does regularly. So now you know too :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:59 am

Golden Dream reef provided many more memorable encounters, and the camera kept on clicking ... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:24 pm

Thanks Curt, there is so much to see around us, and so much we miss to see...

And back to warm waters of Fiji. Golden Dream, dive #7.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:42 am

Jan: You show us again and again the marvels one can see in what many consider sites not worth the effort: Langley, Coupeville, and Holmes Harbor. But you are an exceptionally gifted observer.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:58 am

I don't know what earned this little slug its name, but I would certainly NOT name it Pacific Stomach Wing. I got the Pacific part, for it is found here, I could understand the wing part, but stomach ? Anyway, here are some pics of what it looks like when they make more of themselves. Even the hermit crab among them seems to be trying to figure the flying stomach thing... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:58 pm

Enough of snow shoveling and longing for the warm, tropical waters. Time to return to the cold water reality of Whidbey Island diving. Valentine's Day good as any to dust off the drysuit, recharge the camera and strobe batteries and slosh through wet snow into the waters of Langley Harbor... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:12 am

Welcome back, Curt. Nothing lame about what you saw in your travels. The real thing pixels can not replace .

Fiji fish, corals, sponge and feather star parade continues ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby oldsalt » Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:08 pm

My access to internet has been limited while I was in the Galapagos. I just saw your trip photos. My goodness. My Fiji photos are so lame in comparison. Thank you,
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:11 am

Thank you Sharkb8, I am glad you enjoy the pics. And no, the Great White Wall was not visited this time. Maybe next trip ? :)

From the cold island back to the tropics. More pics from dive #6 in the underwater Disneyland...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Sharkb8 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:24 pm

Your Fiji content is absolutely incredible. Hopefully you got to dive the Great White Wall!!!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:53 am

Rain and snow = Slushy Mess...
Time for another Fiji memory dive. Number 6 - Disneyland.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:40 pm

Interrupting the white world of snow surrounding us with some color of Fijian corals :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:06 pm

Whidbey Island winter snow, Round 2. With the world around me turning white, I dig for some color into the Fiji files from dive # 5. Swim through Heaven. My new friend Mike, whom I met there and who spends winters in Fiji, probably wonders why I returned the US so soon. I am wondering myself ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:38 am

Whidbey Island. 21 degrees F outside my window while I process more of the photos I took underwater, which was 82 F.
Our fourth dive site called "Always Cool". :)
Flat worms pretend to be nudibranchs and more coral and colorful scenery for your (and mine) enjoyment...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tangfish » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:21 pm

Gorgeous colors and as always, such wonderful illustrations!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:24 am

While many of my fellow Washingtonians will now post pictures of this morning snow, I will throw in some more tropical colors from our dives in Fijian waters ... Amazing Maze is the name of section of Sailrock Reef, large area off the northeast end of island of Viti Levu, location of our third dive.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:45 am

Thank you Tom, travel is what nurtures my soul ... :)

Fiji Dive 2 - After one hour long surface interval, we move to another location - Bula Maker.
Less current and better visibility. I could linger on just one of the coral heads the entire hour allocated for the dive and find enough to keep me mesmerized...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:14 pm

So beautiful.... Makes my travel trigger finger itch!

Thanks for sharing this and so many other journeys with us Jan! Blessings on you and your daughter!
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