Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:35 pm

Walking on low tide beach pays off with great views, in Sand dollars and mother ghost shrimp.
That sounds like a good reward to be the nature's friend. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:10 pm

Langley Harbor Sea Star survey. Some wasting, most stars healthy.
And the good news, Sunflower stars, even if only small ones, sighted :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:40 am

March Slugfest at Possession Point Fingers ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:49 am

Follow up on the Painted greenling egg nests post. I can't find information how the female manages to color her eggs just to be different from the eggs already deposited in the nest by other female fish. All the studies dealing with spawning and reproduction mention the color separation, but nobody, as far as I was able to find, deals with the process itself. So far, Whitespotted greenling holds the record, I found nest with 16 different egg clusters guarded by one male.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:38 am

Painted greenling, Possession Point Fingers, March 5, 2019.
Painted greenlings, Whitespotted greenlings, Buffalo sculpins, Red Irish Lords are just some of local fish where we see a male guarding multi-colored egg clusters . Here is one theory of why it is so ...

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:48 am

Monday morning visit to the tropics.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:31 am

Gumboot chiton spawning, Keystone Jetty, March 4, 2019. Unlike in many spawning events of these large chitons, this time none of the dozen participants displayed the typical erected pose in which they release the gametes into the water. All of them did it remaining in their everyday position, clinging to the surface, mostly rocks. Also, contrary to the published material, the eggs the females release were not reddish in color, but green and yellowish. Also they were not released in long strings, but loosely from the start...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:56 am

While snow flakes descend again on our weary heads on this seventh day of March, time to bring back little bit of tropical colors :)
Diving the Neptune's Rhapsody and Hakuna Matata reefs.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:52 am

Thank you Tom, Gdog,
happy to share scenes from our world underwater.

One of the reasons I enjoy diving is the possibility, that regardless how many times I dive in the same spot, there is always a chance to find something I never seen before. After nice dive on the northern end of Whidbey in the Deception Pass on Friday, on Sunday, I went to the most southern end of the island. Beautiful sunny day, calm seas. And I came across a very small, about 6mm slug, feeding on lonely hydroid. I would probably never found it if it was not contrasting with its bright yellowish attire of cerata against the grabby background of the Possession Point Fingers walls. I snapped few pictures and the surprise came later at home, when I realized, I never seen this kind of nudibranch before. Not in my guide books neither. So I contacted my friends and we came to the conclusion, that it MIGHT be the recently described Zelentia willowsi found by Karin Fletcher near her home at Rich Passage, Port Orchard !
Not 100% positive, but exciting, nevertheless.
So fellow divers, keep your eyes open ! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:01 pm

Wow the colors! Love your work Jan!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tom Nic » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:14 am

It has been said many times before, but Jan you and your work are a treasure. Thank you so much for sharing that treasure with us. We are richer for it.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:24 am

Fiji has soft corals to color up the reefs, Whidbey Island has sponges ans anemones to help out to brighten up the underwater scene :)
However, some of the Tan Finger sponges are getting sick again. Like last year, but since they seem to recover then, maybe it is just a cyclical thing with them.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:20 am

Interrupting the coverage from the tropics with a dip in our cold Whidbey Island waters.
Sea star survey at Deception Pass, first day of March... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tangfish » Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:32 pm

Love those split shots, Jan!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:40 pm

No scuba diving on Saturday, so we snoop around the nearby mangroves...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:40 am

Diving into Neptune's Rhapsody, Fiji ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:54 am

Few critters encountered on walks around Wananavu Resort, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:17 am

Liking whales, seabirds, tropical oysters, well, why not ?
If that means weird, count me in :)
What about Blue lobsters and Carnation corals ?
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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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