Whidbey Island Critters

Fish & Invertebrate sightings and descriptions, hosted by resident NWDC ID expert Janna Nichols (nwscubamom).
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:41 am

Not many time I do two dives on the same day, last Sunday the tides were just right to lure me out to do just that.
Keystone Jetty is becoming much more colorful lately, thanks partially to Orange Social Ascidians...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:33 am

Skyline, Fidalgo Island. Lots of colors and critters which make Skyline such delightful dive.
Stimpson's sun stars, Buffalo sculpins, cucumbers and anemones to name just few ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:29 pm

It was a busy Labor Day Monday at Keystone. Some of the critters I met on my dive there... :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:02 pm

More from the Labor Day dive at Keystone Jetty:
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:51 am

Feeling sluggish on this Thursday morning? Here are some associates from DP... :)
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Post by Jan K » Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:16 am

Beautiful September day at Skyline on Fidalgo Island.
Blowing bubbles and taking pictures. Life is good ... :)
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Post by Jan K » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:12 pm

Of course, visit to Skyline would not be complete without a juvenile Wolf eel ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:58 pm

Saturday dive at Keystone Jetty.
Making bubbles and collecting memories with friends...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:22 am

The highlight of Saturday Keystone Jetty dive: Blue topsnail spawning ...
And ScubaJess' toenails :) :) :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:47 am

Possession Point Fingers slugfest.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:20 am

Well, it sure didn't take long. The identifying game is getting harder and more confusing by the day. It used to be the domain of common names, thanks to the advances in DNA and other research, the scientific one joined the circus. Thanks to a note from a fellow diver and underwater photographer (thank you Merry Passage), another change in the taxonomy, Janolus fuscus is no longer the correct scientific name, please welcome Antiopella fusca.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by ScubaJess » Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:23 pm

cool new name! Thanks for the update Jan. Also great pics as always!!! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:31 am

Possession Point dive - the rest of the story. Some fish and some invertebrates ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:24 pm

The official Keystone Mosshead Warbonnet salute :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:57 am

Saturday at Keystone. Little bit windy and overcast above, but underwater quite nice.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:21 am

What we do on our dives ? We look for critters :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:33 am

I wonder if love for the Kelp Greenlings blossoms in the fall?
On this dive they ignored my intrusion into their space and let me click away... I have to admit, they present quite a glamorous pair. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:15 am

First time to find the Orange (in this case in red color) Feather Duster worm out in the open. Usually I see only their crown which quickly disappears underground when it detects my presence.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Gdog » Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:14 pm

Great shots of the worm Jan. Beautiful!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:12 pm

Thanks, after all these years seeing only the top portion, now I saw the rest of it. Why it was exposed like this, I have no idea.

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:28 pm

Lined Compound Ascidian mystery. How each tunicate colony manages to acquire colors so different from its neighbor, filtering the same water ?
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