Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri May 25, 2018 5:11 pm

Jan K wrote:Driftwood Park juvenile Wolf-eels, some like live in old tires and some in discarded bottles and glass jars.
Never have I seen an adult here or the nearby Keystone Jetty


Unfortunately, that was before I moved to Whidbey.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Desert Diver » Thu May 24, 2018 6:56 pm

Jan K wrote:Driftwood Park juvenile Wolf-eels, some like live in old tires and some in discarded bottles and glass jars.
Never have I seen an adult here or the nearby Keystone Jetty.
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Many years ago, late '80s, early 90's there were a couple adults on the jetty.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu May 24, 2018 5:37 pm

Sunflower stars at Driftwood Park ! What a pleasant surprise! I don't know where they came from, but finding eleven adult healthy Pycnopodia is a very wonderful sight ... And seeing an octopus, even if only a small portion of the animal, was nice treat too ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed May 23, 2018 6:04 pm

Another day, another dive. Deception Pass in fog. Series of panels I call ZOOMING IN from the dive. Enjoy :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue May 22, 2018 6:33 pm

Driftwood Park juvenile Wolf-eels, some like live in old tires and some in discarded bottles and glass jars.
Never have I seen an adult here or the nearby Keystone Jetty.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon May 21, 2018 10:07 pm

Keeping an eye on underwater Penn Cove - the starfish look happy, (only a couple are sick), well fed on mussels.
Crabs like mussels too, but unlike the stars, the crabs fight a lot :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun May 20, 2018 3:39 pm

Langley Harbor dive shows off its Sunflower star juveniles, I counted 31 healthy individuals. Interestingly, they all prefer one area on the south side of the tire reef. And one of the mooring H-beam anchors is very popular with Ochre, Mottled and now, also the juvenile Sunflower stars. When the anchors were installed back in 2013, then the dominant specie - Sunflower stars (Pycnopodia) occupied it in impressive numbers.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri May 18, 2018 6:20 pm

Skyline Wall underwater scene May 11th.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed May 16, 2018 8:17 am

Wrapping up the spawning extravaganza at Deception Pass - sea star spawning was a very welcome sight indeed.
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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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