Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:40 am

Attention divers! Those little "flags" streaming from the ends of Red sea urchins are not what you think they are ...
Read all about it. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:05 pm

Giant sea cucumber. Contributing to the bad visibility on my dive in Langley Harbor. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:07 pm

Langley Harbor sea star survey. Bad visibility at Tire reef, unusual - the visibility in the shallows was better (6-8 feet) while below the thermocline it dropped to four feet. Ochre stars are still wasting away, nevertheless, hundreds of baby stars on rocks below the seawall still look healthy.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:03 am

Jan you are so cool!!!! Love all these snaps :)
Live Long And Prosper!!!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Tidepool Geek » Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:02 am

Hi Jan,
Your photography is always terrific, but you've outdone yourself with that image of nudibranch eggs - incredible detail!

Plus, I always enjoy seeing photos of things named for the wrong color; like the yellow "White Nudibranch" or a purple "Ochre Star" or a yellow/green "Red Irish Lord". Keep up the good work!


Colorfully yours,
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:44 am

Celebrating the Fourth at Deception Pass.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:32 am

July begins with another visit to the Driftwood Park.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:22 pm

Happy Fourth to all ! :salute:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:01 am

Thank you Gdog, ScubaJess

Coupeville Wharf dive. Visibility only couple feet on the bottom where most of the sea stars live, so this survey is inconclusive as far as the sea star wasting goes.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby ScubaJess » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:56 am

I want to see those sparkly guys!! Looks really fascinating!!!
Nice work Jan!!!!!! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Gdog » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:35 am

Amazing work Jan, Thank you for sharing

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:56 am

White bubble shell slugs showing up in our waters around Whidbey.
Some are sporting red "tails" - it is some kind of algae.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:54 am

Few more from Keystone Jetty.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:16 pm

These guys are hard to find. They are not rare, but they look almost exactly like their food :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:49 am

Chitons. Little jewels on the rocks of Keystone Jetty.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:50 am

Langley Harbor, June 22. Collecting some of the wasting sea stars for University of British Columbia. The bad news is that I am finding sick and dying Ochre stars, the good news is that I am finding more and more Sunflower stars. And so far, they are healthy!
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:06 am

I drew this cartoon into my log fifty years ago. And here I am, realizing, that the Iron Curtain still exists. Except it doesn’t divide anymore the world between East and West, between the communism and capitalism, but that invisible curtain is rising again all over the world, inside countries, in the cities, in the streets and even between friends and families. There is not a patrol boat to evade, like it was the case that night, so many years ago. This new kind of a border seems to be much more difficult to cross. Unlike then, there is no shore to swim to, one to walk out and say, I am free, at last. I am worried, very worried...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:29 am

Keystone Jetty, June 21. First day of summer. All crabs, and on our dives, we come across many of them, have to molt out of their hard exoskeletons as they grow, since they don't fit anymore. But since the process of slipping out of the old suit takes only about fifteen minutes or so, and the "changing room" maybe some discreet place, not often I witness the procedure. I was lucky on Thursday. Male Red rock crab was holding his female sweetheart as she changed her attire, trying to hide her from my curious stare... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:32 am

More from the colorful gardens of Deception Pass on the last day of Spring.
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Graceful decorator's dressing room
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:35 am

Deception Pass, June 20. Last day of Spring. The tide cycle was not the best, the slack period very short, but comparing with all the other dive spots around Whidbey Island, it was much more rewarding. Colors galore.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:17 am

Beautiful weather above did not translate to a beautiful sights underwater. After lugging dive gear down and up the forest road, I had very unrewarding dive. Even descending to 105 feet did not open up the visibility beyond few feet. :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:52 am

Moon snail egg-collars. They are a very common sight on the beach and underwater. But did you know how they are made and that they are created by the snail UNDER the sand? I saw the event of the emerging collar only couple times. The snails are a common sight in and above the water , but on Wednesday, I found a pair of Lewis's Moon Snails mating. First time sighting for me...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:49 am

Langley Harbor, June 11, 2018 sea star survey.
The good news - I came across 56 healthy juvenile Sunflower stars. And lots of baby stars along the seawall.
The bad news - The Sea Star Wasting Disease is starting to hit the Ochre stars. :(
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:03 am

Friday June 8. Fourth dive at Deception Pass this week. The wind blowing from the SE, so the waters were calm, protected by the cliffs of Whidbey Island. The rain was predicted to arrive after my planned exit, and it did. This time, no other diver on the scene...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Postby Jan K » Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:44 pm

And more from Deception Pass. It is such a beautiful place...
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