Scalyhead Sculpin- Ocean’s Best Dad?

While small, the Scalyhead sculpin is a fierce protector of his eggs and will take on anyone who try to steal them. Scalyhead sculpin (Artedius harringtoni), also known as Plumose sculpin, uses camouflage to blend into its surroundings and avoid predators. Only about 4 inches long, they can be identified by their bright orange gill…

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Fish-Eating Anemone

Fish Eating Anemone

The world’s favorite fish and the hero of “Finding Nemo”, clownfish, can often be found among the tentacles of anemone. However, this particular spieces of anemone is usually in the company of a small fish called the Painted Greenling. This fish serves as a bait for anemone’s pray and keeps parasites away, and in turn,…

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Vermilion Rockfish

By Seattle Dive Tours Staff What is the name of a fish that can live almost as long as an average human does and is known for defending its territory as a dog would do it? This is a story of a senior citizen of the ocean, Vermilion rockfish, popularly called simply “reds”. Besides the…

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Dungeness Crab

By Seattle Dive Tours Staff Although Oregon State named this crab the state crustacean in 2009, just like all the other crabs, the “shell” of a Dungeness crab often ends up displayed as an ornament, decoration, or as a memento from a holiday at the beach. But this sideways walker deserves better attention, if for…

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Cabezon by Steve Zedekar

By Seattle Dive Tours staff Although the Latin name, Scorpaenichthys marmoratus, is literary translated as a “scorpion fish”, in Spanish, cabezon means big-headed or stubborn, and it’s not by accident that this fish bears that name, and also, the head takes up a third of its body. They belong to the genus of Scorpaenichthys (Cottidae family),…

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Hooded Nudibranch Mating Season Begins

Late summer each year is the time Hooded nudibranch (Melibe leonina) migrate from deep water to the shallow eelgrass beds of Puget Sound to mate and lay eggs. During peak times, they can be seen by the thousands at dive sites such as Edmonds Underwater park and Redondo Beach. They can also be found as far…

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