Whidbey Island Critters

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:53 am

Holmes Harbor, Freeland. I returned to dive it after almost one year hiatus, and reconfirmed my assessment of this once very interesting dive site. Once a year is enough. It lost most of its appeal with the disappearance of most of the marine life and kept its notoriously limited visibility. The very long swim to reach deeper water is not worth the effort, at least for me... Add to the disappointment a leaky drysuit.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:17 am

Digging into 115 year old publication to get "dirt" on this feather worm. Few years ago, I collected Pyramidellid snails off them for a researcher. The snails seem to be able to eat blood or body fluids from a wide variety of hosts but prefer the feather dusters. ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:05 am

For this sea star, loosing four of five arms is not big deal. It grows four new ones ...
Isn't nature wonderful ? :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:25 am

Keystone Jetty colors to brighten windy and overcast day on Whidbey Island.
The Yellow and Red provided by tunicates and small fish :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:04 am

When the Bull kelp begins to turn into a tangled mess and Northern Kelp crabs take up residence on kelp stipe and blades, winter is not far away ...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:51 pm

From the Skyline Wall. Scaled crab with Crimson anemone.
Such handsome pair :) :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:33 am

OCTOber 8 - World Octopus Day ! :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:36 am

Possession Point Fingers. Like Deception Pass on the northern end of Whidbey Island, the south end also requires a walk through the forest to access the dive site.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:35 am

Few recent Keystone Jetty fish encounters. some common and some not so common...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:16 am

Keystone Jetty. The underwater world of crab eats crab...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Gdog » Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:16 pm

Love your Warbonnet pics Jan!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:00 am

Thanks, Gdog.

Keystone Jetty. Until now, all my photos of Stearn's Ear Shell depicted it as a flat blob on top of its favorite tunicate, blending in perfectly. Finally I got few shots of what it looks like from different angles. No snail was hurt during the process. :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:26 am

Keystone's attempt to look tropical :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:59 am

Everybody who dives Keystone Jetty notices, that the place is overrun with Green sea urchins. However, finding a different urchin specie here is unusual. I wonder how it got there. The odd individual doesn't stay around for long neither...
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:59 am

With the onset of winter, you can expect some changes in Keystone kelp :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Gdog » Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:35 am

Lovin your shots Jan, and the awesome education included. Keep em coming!

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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:25 pm

Blue skies just a memory? It rains and it rains. Throwback to a more cheerful day, Skyline on October 5th.
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:24 pm

The good news from Keystone- I did not see any sea star wasting. And Hornmouth eats barnacles and crabs are decorating... Life is good :)
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Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Post by Jan K » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:20 pm

Facebook and internet in general. Yes, it does contain lots of divisive material, but here is an example what I enjoy about it. Couple months ago I came across a fish I had hard time to ID. It started discussion and more people chimed in, and then others found same fish on different dive and different dive site. No arguing or disparaging comments, just common desire to identify the critter. What started as Gunnel ended as Prickleback. Thank you all...
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