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Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae

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wendy5

Date

December 1, 2018 12:55 PM PST

Description

A pair of Humpback Whales swam between Marrowstone and Whidbey Islands.

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Eurasian Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris

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wendy5

Date

June 5, 2018 01:08 AM PDT

Description

We felt incredibly lucky to see one Sciurus vulgaris (Eurasian Red Squirrel) in Grasmere, downtown in the early morning.

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White-lined Dirona Dirona albolineata

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wendy5

Date

August 9, 2018 09:32 AM PDT

Description

We spotted three Dirona albolineata (Frosted Nudibranch) today, bringing my total for the summer to about 25, many more than other summers.

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Pacific Sea Gooseberry Pleurobrachia bachei

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wendy5

Date

April 14, 2018 01:00 PM PDT

Description

I hope this is Pleurobrachia bachei (Sea Gooseberry), as it would be the first I've found! It was only about 1/2" across, like a clear marble.

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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wendy5

Date

April 8, 2018 12:35 PM PDT

Description

This is one of four Bald Eagles I saw today, tearing apart a dead bird with a long leg, perhaps a cormorant? I was on the beach and it was on top of a post in the water.

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Flattened Acid Kelp Desmarestia ligulata

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wendy5

Date

April 5, 2018 02:43 PM PDT

Description

Here's the first Desmarestia ligulata (Broad Acid Weed) I've seen this year, just a few inches long now, and before long it will be many yards long!

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wendy5

Date

April 3, 2018 01:25 PM PDT

Description

I think this is the most beautiful marine worm I've seen yet! Its tail end was encased in muddy sand, and it measured maybe about 9" long. Details of its paddles and head, shown with my macro lens, are amazing, as is its iridescence.

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Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

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wendy5

Date

March 26, 2018 10:47 AM PDT

Description

About a dozen Black-crowned Night Herons perched and/or slept in the cattails and trees

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Red-eye Medusa Polyorchis penicillatus

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wendy5

Date

March 27, 2018 10:06 AM PDT

Description

This 1" diameter jelly had 3" bright red triangular dots at the base of its very round bell. Multiple tentacles streamed behind it, about 5" long.

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Branched Dendronotus Dendronotus venustus

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wendy5

Date

March 27, 2018 09:55 AM PDT

Description

This 1" long nudibranch was crawling along seaweed beside the dock. It had large rhinophores and many spiky cerata. Its body was white with tiny brown speckles, and it seemed covered in gold glitter.

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American Coot Fulica americana

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 19, 2018 12:44 PM PST

Description

There were about 15 American Coots on this bitterly cold day. The smaller lagoon at Kah Tai was mostly frozen, and the birds all huddled together out of the wind in one small unfrozen part. Only a few Buffleheads stayed in the large lagoon.

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Changeable Lizard Calotes versicolor

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wendy5

Date

January 31, 2018 10:33 PM PST

Description

Another cute Changeable Lizard

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White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis

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wendy5

Date

January 30, 2018 01:30 AM PST

Description

Another beautiful White-throated Kingfisher

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Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 5, 2018 12:32 AM PST

Description

This large brown and turquoise bird perched on a wire. It was the only one like this I saw, and can't find it in my field guide!

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Lime Butterfly Papilio demoleus ssp. malayanus

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wendy5

Date

February 7, 2018 09:01 PM PST

Description

This beautiful butterfly was feeding on a zinnia in a small garden on An Binh island.

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Laced Woodpecker Picus vittatus

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wendy5

Date

January 30, 2018 02:02 AM PST

Description

This gorgeous woodpecker flew into a tree by the path, pecked at the trunk, and repeatedly groomed itself. A Laced Woodpecker?

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Green-billed Malkoha Phaenicophaeus tristis

Observer

wendy5

Date

January 30, 2018 12:54 AM PST

Description

This large and unusual bird with a pale curved beak, a red patch around its eye, and a very long black and white tail flew into a tree by the bike path and stayed just long enough for me to snap two photos.

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Marbled Murrelet Brachyramphus marmoratus

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wendy5

Date

December 16, 2017 03:52 PM PST

Description

We saw about a dozen Marbled Murrelets today, and this was closest, very close to the pier, where I'd never seen one before.

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Northern Feather Duster Worm Eudistylia vancouveri

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wendy5

Date

December 11, 2017 02:19 PM PST

Description

Several Eudistylia vancouveri (Northern Feather duster worm) hang off the dock at this marina

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Columbian Lewisia Lewisia columbiana

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wendy5

Date

July 6, 2017 12:46 PM PDT

Description

Lewisia columbiana (Columbia Lewisia) was abundant at about 5000' and absolutely gorgeous!

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Date

June 13, 2017 01:16 PM PDT

Description

This 3/4" Haliclystus stejnegeri (Oval-anchored Stalked Jelly) was feeding in this photo. It is yellower than most I've seen.

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Stalked Kelp Pterygophora californica

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wendy5

Date

February 18, 2017 03:10 PM PST

Description

The holdfasts on this Pterygophora californica (Old Growth Kelp) were beautiful!

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Spectacular Corolla Corolla spectabilis

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 18, 2017 12:59 PM PST

Description

I'm puzzled by these clear, rubbery, hollow mysteries. They are covered in little bumps, like warts. They fit onto the tip of your finger, like a little slipper. Each was almost 2" long, and they appear clear in water. I found about 50 washed shore along the Spit. A Cnidarian? Something similar to Cliopsis krohni?

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Seurat's Hermit Crab Calcinus seurati

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wendy5

Date

January 29, 2017 02:38 PM PST

Description

The larger Calcinus seurati (Seurat's Hermit Crab) shows off its big left pincer.

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Bull Kelp Nereocystis luetkeana

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wendy5

Date

January 14, 2017 04:09 PM PST

Description

I was surprised to see ice crystals formed on the Bull Kelp which had washed ashore. It's been so cold, and the kelp was in the shade on the beach. Nothing else had crystals, so I wonder if they were formed from some chemical emitted from the kelp? Once I saw "Silky Hair Ice," which looks like white cotton candy, formed when carbon dioxide made by fungi pushes filaments of ice from logs under certain cold conditions. Here are 5 photos.

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Lace Lichen Ramalina menziesii

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wendy5

Date

September 25, 2016 01:29 PM PDT

Description

A friend pointed out this beautiful Ramalina menziesii (Fishnet aka Lace Lichen), growing on a Doug Fir and also on a willow right by the bay.

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Penpoint Gunnel Apodichthys flavidus

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wendy5

Date

August 28, 2016 08:19 AM PDT

Description

This gorgeous 9" Penpoint Gunnel was under a rock during the minus tide.

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Moonglow Anemone Anthopleura artemisia

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wendy5

Date

August 28, 2016 09:02 AM PDT

Description

This is by far the most colorful Anthopleura artemisia (Moonglow anemone) I've ever seen!

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Lacy Crust Bryozoan Membranipora villosa

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wendy5

Date

August 2, 2016 09:28 PM MST

Description

The kelp these days is covered in gorgeous colonies of Membranipora villosa (Kelp-encrusting Bryozoan).

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Sea Clown Triopha Triopha catalinae

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wendy5

Date

July 31, 2016 08:51 AM PDT

Description

I found this stunning Triopha catalinae (Clown Nudibranch) inside an empty Nuttall's Cockle shell during the minus tide. It's the first I've ever found!

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Cascade Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel Callospermophilus saturatus

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wendy5

Date

July 21, 2016 03:45 PM PDT

Description

Many inquisitive Callospermophilus saturatus (Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel) hoped for handouts along the Skyline Trail on the slopes of Mt. Rainier. They are larger than chipmunks, and have no streaks on their faces.

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Common Beargrass Xerophyllum tenax

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wendy5

Date

July 21, 2016 08:31 AM PDT

Description

I loved seeing dozens of the short-blooming Xerophyllum tenax (Beargrass) for the first time.

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Lined Chiton Tonicella lineata

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wendy5

Date

June 7, 2016

Description

This Tonicella lineata (Lined Chiton) was only a bit more than 1/2" long, yet one of the prettiest I've ever seen.

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Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus

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wendy5

Date

June 9, 2016

Description

This Rufous Hummingbird appears to be teaching a bee how to fly faster.

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Mosshead Warbonnet Chirolophis nugator

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wendy5

Date

June 5, 2016

Description

This 10" Chirolophis nugator (Mosshead Warbonnet) was quite magnificent, even though ti was stranded on some kelp during the minus tide.

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Northern Pacific Tree Frog Pseudacris regilla

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wendy5

Date

April 16, 2016

Description

This Pseudacris regilla (Pacific tree frog) has beautiful shades of bronze and green.

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wendy5

Date

April 10, 2016

Description

I saw many Plumularia setacea (Glassy Plume Hydroid) during the minus tide. They are amazing, and look so much like feathers! Most measure about 2 to 3" long.

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Seersucker Kelp Costaria costata

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wendy5

Date

April 10, 2016

Description

My favorite kelp-- Costaria costata (Seersucker Kelp).

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Winged Rib Cumathamnion decipiens

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wendy5

Date

April 10, 2016

Description

It's unusual to find Delesseria decipiens (Winged Rib) alive, rather than just a piece washed onto the beach.

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Austral Grass-Tree Xanthorrhoea australis

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wendy5

Date

February 19, 2016

Description

One of my favorite Australian plants, the Xanthorrhoea australis (Southern Grasstree), was very common at this reserve.

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Man Fern Dicksonia antarctica

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wendy5

Date

February 19, 2016

Description

The Soft Tree Ferns (aka Man Ferns) at St. Columba Falls State Park are truly spectacular!

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Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis

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wendy5

Date

February 17, 2016

Description

I wonder if this is a Tursiops truncatus (Bottle-nosed Dolphin) or a Common Dolphin? There were about 100 dolphins near our boat.

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Lord Howe Woodhen Gallirallus sylvestris

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wendy5

Date

February 8, 2016

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Description

The Tricholimnas sylvestris (Woodhen aka Lord Howe Rail) has an amazing success story of being brought back from the edge of extinction on Lord Howe Island. Four lived in the understory of the forest by our hotel, including this adult w/red eye, and this juvenile w/dark eye, who were foraging with the others on the lawn as I hung my laundry.

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White Tern Gygis alba

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wendy5

Date

February 8, 2016

Description

Here's an adult Gygis alba (White Tern) showing its beautiful blue bill, huge eyes, and powder blue feet. What a magnificent bird! One day as I rode my bike along the main road, I counted 172 perching in Norfolk Pine trees and flying around the trees.

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Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris

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wendy5

Date

February 17, 2016

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This is one of about 100 Thalassarche cauta (White-capped aka Shy Albatross) we saw feeding with gannets and shearwaters. A life dream to see albatrosses!

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New Holland Honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae

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wendy5

Date

February 19, 2016

Description

I was lucky to see this Phylidonyris novaehollandiae (New Holland Honeyeater) up close, sipping nectar from flowers in a garden, as I walked through the neighborhood.

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Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus

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wendy5

Date

February 19, 2016

Description

This gorgeous Pelecanus conspicillatus (Australian Pelican) spent a long time on this rock.

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Snakeskin Chiton Sypharochiton pelliserpentis

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wendy5

Date

February 18, 2016

Description

I love the Snakeskin Chiton (Sypharochiton pelliserpentis) of Australia. What an amazing design!

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Blue Linckia Linckia laevigata

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wendy5

Date

February 10, 2016

Description

Apparently these Linckia laevigata sea stars (Blue Linckia) are more common in deeper water than this one, discovered in shallow water at low tide by expert naturalist Ian Hutton.

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wendy5

Date

February 8, 2016

Description

This fern with bumps like braille is Microsorum pustulatus ssp. howensis, an endemic subspecies to Lord Howe Island. Its frond tended to be about a foot long. I saw examples of it growing in many different areas, including along the Malabar trail.

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wendy5

Date

February 7, 2016

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I had never seen a Aplysia dactylomela (Spotted Sea Hare) until going to Lord Howe Island, where I saw dozens at every low tide! This one is about 7" long.

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Sea Lilies Class Crinoidea

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wendy5

Date

February 7, 2016

Description

I had always wanted to see a Feather Star! This 3" Class Crinoidea (Feather Star) is shades of brown and orange. Thanks to naturalist Ian Hutton for showing it to me during the low tide at Lord Howe Island. Interesting that they are also called Sea Lilies!

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Smooth-handed Ghost Crab Ocypode cordimana

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 10, 2016

Description

This tiny 1" Ocypode cordimana (Ghost Crab) surprised me when I was walking on the sandy beach. Its strong defensive personality reminded me of our Green Shore Crabs.

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Umbrella Slug Umbraculum umbraculum

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 10, 2016

Description

This Umbraculum umbraculum (Umbrella Snail aka Umbrella Slug) was one of the most unusual creatures I've ever found. I didn't even know it was a snail. When I saw the 2" white shell, I thought it was a piece of plastic and went to pick it up. Thanks to naturalist Ian Hutton for the ID, and later I learned on an Australian website that it's a large marine gastropod mollusk in the group Opisthobranchia.

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Mimic Nudibranch Phyllodesmium rudmani

Observer

wendy5

Date

February 10, 2016

Description

This is the nudibranch that looks like Xenia elongata (a soft coral). Many thanks to naturalist Ian Hutton for showing it to me, and unfortunately I missed its name. The first two photos show it with its amazing purple eggs. The third photo shows the nudibranch on the left, and the Xenia elongata coral w/extended polyps on the right.

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wendy5

Date

February 7, 2016

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This 4” Breynia australasiae (Heart Urchin) lives buried in the sand and with some spines worn away, looked much like a coconut! I watched it move gently through the sand. The second photo shows several tests found along Lagoon Beach. I saw hundreds while snorkeling, but only this one live animal.

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Sea Grapes Caulerpa racemosa

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wendy5

Date

February 7, 2016

Description

The Caulerpa racemosa (Sea Grapes) add a beautiful shade of green to the coral reefs around Lord Howe Island. Thanks to naturalist Ian Hutton for pointing them out to me, and for letting me taste this delicious "vegetarian caviar."

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wendy5

Date

February 7, 2016

Description

Another beautiful green Caulerpa seaweed, this is Caulerpa taxifolia, which looks like long, delicate green feathers, adding to the beauty of the Lord Howe Island coral reefs. I'm not surprised it's called Feather Caulerpa! Thanks to naturalist Ian Hutton for showing it to me.

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wendy5

Date

February 10, 2016

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This huge 6" nudibranch, Platydoris formosa, is the most spectacular nudibranch I've ever seen! Naturalist Ian Hutton spotted it drying out on the rocks during a very low tide, and he placed it underwater, where it immediately revived.

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Date

February 10, 2016

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The beige/turquoise Xenia elongata was my favorite soft coral on Lord Howe Island. The photos show its extended polyps.

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Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus

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wendy5

Date

January 24, 2016

Description

I was surprised to see nine Hooded Mergansers, including three adult males, swimming together in the marina, as usually there are only two or three there.

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Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa

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wendy5

Date

January 14, 2016

Description

I was very surprised that this Golden-crowned Kinglet seemed so unafraid. It was all alone (which is unusual), and called to me from a tree, then let me photograph it on the lawn. After trying to photograph these birds for months, two days in a row I've succeeded.

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Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus

Observer

wendy5

Date

January 13, 2016

Description

Since it's Woodpecker Week, I walked through the forest listening for woodpeckers, and was really lucky to find a Pileated Woodpecker close to the trail. It was intently drilling into a Western Redcedar tree, and didn't mind being photographed. Most of my photos turned out blurry, like the second one, because it tapped so rapidly on the tree.

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Pacific Madrone Arbutus menziesii

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wendy5

Date

January 10, 2016

Description

This Madrona was glowing in the low winter sunlight.

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Painted Anemone Urticina grebelnyi

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wendy5

Date

January 7, 2016

Description

I love all the colors in this Urticina grebelnyi (Painted Anemone) and its surroundings.

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Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata

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wendy5

Date

November 2, 2015

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Dozens of Surf Scoters (Melanitta perspicillata) regularly gather by the ferry dock at Edmonds and across the sound at Kingston. I always thought they dived for fish, but after noticing a pair eating barnacles off a piling, I learned their typical winter food is mollusks and crustaceans.

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Northern Red-legged Frog Rana aurora

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wendy5

Date

October 17, 2015

Description

This 2.5" Northern red-legged frog (Rana aurora) jumped away from me beside Anderson Lake.

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North American River Otter Lontra canadensis

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wendy5

Date

October 26, 2015

Description

Five River Otters, probably siblings, maybe with their mom, were playing, cuddling, rough-housing and rolling around on the dock.

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Questionable Stropharia Stropharia ambigua

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wendy5

Date

October 17, 2015

Description

Here is a Stropharia ambigua (Questionable Stropharia), a 2" mushroom that looks like a French macaron from above, and that provides a gorgeous spore print (the last photo).

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Egg-yolk Jelly Phacellophora camtschatica

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wendy5

Date

September 29, 2015

Description

Two rather beautiful Fried-egg Jellies pulsated around the PTMSC dock.

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Rusty Tussock Moth Orgyia antiqua

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wendy5

Date

September 13, 2015

Description

This spectacular caterpillar is a Rusty Tussock Moth or Vapourer (Orgyia antiqua). It is the only one I've ever seen, with tufts on its back, fuzzy black horns and tail, and bright orange spots. It took a long time googling to identify it, as it's native to Europe.

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White-lined Dirona Dirona albolineata

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wendy5

Date

August 28, 2015

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This gorgeous Dirona albolineata (Frosted Nudibranch aka White-lined Dirona) was the only one I saw today during the minus tide. I've only found four or five ever.

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Warty Columned Anemone Aulactinia incubans

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wendy5

Date

August 11, 2015

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A macro lens view of a 1" wide Aulactinia incubans (Warty columned anemone).

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Spotted Leopard Dorid Diaulula odonoghuei

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wendy5

Date

August 11, 2015

Description

This 2" long Diaulula sandiegensis (Leopard aka San Diego Dorid) was fun to photograph with a macro lens.

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Northern Elephant Seal Mirounga angustirostris

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wendy5

Date

July 25, 2015

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This male Northern Elephant Seal was resting on the beach with hundreds of Harbor Seals. It was the largest I've seen on Protection Island.

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Nanaimo Horned Dorid Acanthodoris nanaimoensis

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wendy5

Date

August 1, 2015

Description

Having only found two Acanthodoris nanaimoensis (Nanaimo Nudibranchs) before, I was surprised to find four today! They were all under rocks. I placed this rock under water to have a better look.

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Ostrich-Plume Hydroids Genus Aglaophenia

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Date

July 30, 2015

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These are one of my favorite finds on Indian Island, Aglaophenia spp. (Ostrich-plume Hydroids).

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Hydrozoans Class Hydrozoa

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wendy5

Date

July 30, 2015

Description

I believe these are Clavactinia milleri (Hedge-hog Hydroid), each strand measuring about 3". The ends of these hydroids look like fireworks, but the mass of them together look quite different from the photo in Andy Lamb & Bernard Hanby's Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest.

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Northern Hairy Chiton Mopalia kennerleyi

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wendy5

Date

July 30, 2015

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This is the first orange Mopalia kennerleyi (Northern Hairy Chiton) I've ever seen! I found it under a rock during the minus tide, and had to do some research to ID it. Thanks to pliffgrieff for his assistance!

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Lined Chiton Tonicella lineata

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wendy5

Date

July 30, 2015

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Another beautiful 2" Tonicella lineata (Lined Chiton), found under a rock during the minus tide.

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Thickclaw Porcelain Crab Pachycheles rudis

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wendy5

Date

July 30, 2015

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This 1" wide Pachycheles rudis (Thickclaw Porcelain Crab) had quite the attitude!

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Northern Hairy Chiton Mopalia kennerleyi

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wendy5

Date

July 30, 2015

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I was amazed to find this brilliant, colorful 1" chiton, and wasn't sure what it was. Following the Walla Walla key, I think it may be Mopalia spectabilis (Red-flecked Mopalia), though it's not flecked with red.

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Harebell Campanula rotundifolia

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wendy5

Date

July 12, 2015

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I love to see masses of Campanula rotundifolia (Bluebells-of-Scotland) in the Olympics!

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Olympic Marmot Marmota olympus

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Date

July 22, 2015

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I saw 8 Marmota olympus (Olympic Marmots) and heard many more during my hike up Hurricane Hill. Most were far away, but this one popped up out of its hole right beside the trail. It was larger than a cat. They are endemic to the Olympic Mts.!

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Date

July 22, 2015

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Among all the butterflies on Hurricane Hill, this one stood out. It appears to have two levels of wings. I think it's a Hesperia comma (Common Branded Skipper).

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Western Maidenhair Fern Adiantum aleuticum

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Date

June 29, 2015

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The lovely Western Adiantum aleuticum (Maidenhair Fern) was growing along the shady parts of the gravel road down from Mt. Walker.

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Lady Fern Athyrium filix-femina

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wendy5

Date

June 29, 2015

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Several large, healthy Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Ferns) were growing on the slopes of Mt. Walker.

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Deer Fern Struthiopteris spicant

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wendy5

Date

June 29, 2015

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The Blechnum spicant (Deer Ferns) were lush and tall.

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Columbia Lily Lilium columbianum

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Date

June 29, 2015

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Over a hundred Lilium columbianum (Tiger Lilies) were blooming on Mt. Walker, mostly on our way down the road.

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Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus

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wendy5

Date

April 19, 2014

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The Rufous Hummingbird has returned to the Olympic Peninsula! Here it's feeding on a Madrona Tree, but it times its return to the blossoming of the Red Flowered Currant (which bloomed several weeks ago), and I think is rather amazing.

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Striped Sun Star Solaster stimpsoni

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Date

April 18, 2014

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The Striped Sea Star is normally more vividly colored than this one, sometimes orange and black, and sometimes rose and gray. I don't find them very often.

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Menzies' Larkspur Delphinium menziesii

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May 6, 2014

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This Delphinium menziesii is named for Vancouver's naturalist, Menzies, and was growing near the beach in clusters of brilliant blue.

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Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

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wendy5

Date

July 16, 2014

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This Harbor Seal pup found me when I was walking at low tide by barking/moaning at me. He/she was so well camouflaged, I hadn't even noticed him/her. Since I'm part of the Northwest Marine Mammal Stranding Network, I knew what to do for the next few hours-- call in the sighting, keep people and dogs 100 yards back, and hope the seal mom returns to the pup.

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Dark-throated Shooting Star Primula pauciflora

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wendy5

Date

July 8, 2014

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This is Dodecatheon pulchellum or Few-flowered Shooting Star, appropriately called Beautiful Shooting Star on this site. There were just a few growing at the bottom of the canyon that leads down from Klahane Ridge to the road, where it's very wet due to a stream/waterfall. Each blossom was about 1" long.

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Red Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus franciscanus

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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Amidst hundreds of Purple Sea Urchins and dozens of Green Sea Urchins were a few Strongylocentrotus franciscanus or Red Sea Urchins, the most dazzling of all the urchins. This one has the typical long brilliant red spines. The Red Sea Urchin is much larger than the others, up to about 4" across.

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Yellow-pine Chipmunk Neotamias amoenus

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2015

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Here's an adorable and healthy Townsend's chipmunk (Neotamias townsendii), one of three we saw on Mt. Townsend. This one was at the very summit, and seemed used to hikers.

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Tufted Puffin Fratercula cirrhata

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wendy5

Date

August 1, 2014

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I was thrilled to see 13 Tufted Puffins on the Puffin Cruise to Protection Island organized by Port Townsend Marine Science Center. A life bird, and such an amazing one! They fish off the end of the island among Rhinoceros Auklets and other seabirds, by the shore covered with Harbor Seals.

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Giant Green Anemone Anthopleura xanthogrammica

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2014

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There were hundreds of Anthopleura xanthogrammica or Giant Green Anemones at Salt Point today, visible open in tidepools and closed in the intertidal zone during the minus tide. These beautiful anemones are about 6-8" diameter when open. I don't remember so many in the past two years in the intertidal zone.

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Tree Ruffle Liverwort Porella navicularis

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wendy5

Date

January 24, 2015

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Thick masses of Porella navicularis or Tree-ruffle Liverwort growing on many trees in the Hansville Greenway Wildlife Corridor.

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Davidson's Penstemon Penstemon davidsonii

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wendy5

Date

June 12, 2015

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This gorgeous Penstemon davidsonii (Davidson's Penstemon) was growing by the trail up Mt. Townsend. I'd never seen this penstemon before.

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