From the monthly archives:

January 2010

UW oceanographer studies Quartermaster Harbor's paralytic shellfish poisoning
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Research five years ago showed that Quartermaster Harbor hosts the highest concentration in all of Puget Sound of an alga that causes paralytic shellfish

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El Niño to top extreme tides – TheNewsTribune.com

by Tim Flanagan on January 27, 2010

El Niño to top extreme tides
TheNewsTribune.com
The warmer ocean water expands, the southwest winds pile up the ocean water feeding into Puget Sound, and the northwest Pacific Ocean experiences persistent

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What’s wrong with this picture?

by Tim Flanagan on January 26, 2010

Got a little promotional notice about the Seattle Boat Show from West Marine. It included the picture below. But right off the bat, medical I knew that something was just…wrong. The more I looked at this picture, seek the more my head hurt! Can you tell what’s wrong with this picture?

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Emily Heffter has the story in the Seattle Times: Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn told the City Council on Monday that his deep concern for public safety was his only motive for wanting to rush a tax measure onto the ballot to replace the city’s sea wall. He was trying to convince a skeptical council that […]

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An interesting post by Sue Frause over at the Seattle PI’s Whidbey Island Life blog: What’s in a name? Possession Sound is part of Whidbey Basin that’s in Puget Sound that belongs to the Salish Sea Here’s [an excerpt from] an article in The Herald that may be of interest to Whidbey Islanders: EvCC students […]

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Flying with my TWIC

by Captain Richard Rodriguez on January 26, 2010

I don’t enjoy traveling like I used to.   The experience this last weekend was a pleasant surprise.  The trip was a short three day affair from Seattle to Oakland, CA for my Mom’s memorial service.
Deciding to use my federally issued Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC) was a test to see if the TSA had figured out their own system. [...]

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EvCC students oversee monitoring of Possession Sound
HeraldNet
The device, about a yard long, is attached to a piece of concrete in about 50 feet of water off Port of Everett property on the northern shore of Mukilteo.

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Sailing can be one of the greenest activities to enjoy. But the increased complexity and size of sailboats have made sailing less environmentally friendly than it could be. In his new book “Sustainble Sailing: Go Green When You Cast Off,” Portland, Ore. author and editor Dieter Loibner explains how sailors can reduce their environmental impact and be [...]

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15-m-year-old fossilized sea star found by tourist

by Captain Richard Rodriguez on January 25, 2010

This 15-million-year-old fossilized sea star was discovered by a tourist on Olympic National Park’s Beach No. 4 near Kalaloch.
(Photo: Peninsula Daily News)
KOMOnews.com is reporting:
The sea star – also known as a starfish – was spotted by an unidentified tourist last July embedded in a sandstone bluff at ONP’s Beach No. 4 near Kalaloch WA.
The [...]

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At boat show, learning can be priceless

by Deborah Bach on January 24, 2010

As early as November, George Harris starts getting the phone calls. What seminars are being offered this year? callers ask. Who will be speaking?
“It’s really amazing,” said Harris, president of the Northwest Marine Trade Association. “We just can’t ever seem to get the seminar schedule up on the website soon enough.”
The broad offering of seminars [...]

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Lummi Island ferry to make test run to Fairhaven

by Tim Flanagan on January 23, 2010

Threats Prompt Navy to Be More Tight-Lipped on Ship MovementsKitsap SunThe USS Abraham Lincoln leaves Bremerton earlier this month after completing work at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Navy officials, who usually … A healthy Puget Sound depends on Washington's decision makersHeraldNetPuget Sound is a hallmark of Washington. It provides critical habitat for wildlife, such as […]

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A healthy Puget Sound depends on Washington's decision makers
HeraldNet
Puget Sound is a hallmark of Washington. It provides critical habitat for wildlife, such as the orca and salmon, and opportunities to take

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Threats Prompt Navy to Be More Tight-Lipped on Ship Movements
Kitsap Sun
The USS Abraham Lincoln leaves Bremerton earlier this month after completing work at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Navy officials, who usually

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KOMO News
Tropical whale found on Puget Sound beach
Seattle Times
A biologist says a dead whale that washed ashore on a south Puget Sound beach this week is a tropical whale thousands of miles from its normal range.
Tropical whale found floating in Puget SoundKOMO News


Whale common in tropical waters turns up dead in Puget SoundVancouver Sun
Carcass of tropical whale washes ashore near OlympiaBellingham Herald

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Fate of schooner Fantome remains a mystery

by Puget Sound Maritime News Service on January 22, 2010

Almost any Seattleite alive in the ‘40s and ‘50s can recall the large, black, four-masted schooner Fantome (ex. Flying Cloud). She sat, anchored, in Portage Bay like a centerpiece, visible from both bridges and numerous points along the shore. More than one duffer at the old University golf course tried to drive a ball onto [...]

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Fishing season-setting time has arrived

by Tim Flanagan on January 21, 2010

Air Station Astoria Airman Cristopher J. Angus is scheduled to attend Aviation Survival Technician “A” school in Elizabeth City, remedy N.C., buy more about next month. The highly demanding 18 week program is designed to identify individuals with the exceptional physical and mental capacities required for the job. Angus, online a Vancouver, Wash. native, has […]

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Seattle Boat Show opens in one week!

by Tim Flanagan on January 21, 2010

[Time for another press release from my friends at the Seattle Boat Show. I’m looking forward to it. —Tim] The Seattle Boat Show, sick Indoors + Afloat, decease opens next Friday, January 29 and runs through Saturday, February 6. Over the next seven days, we’ll be fitting 1,000 boats and yachts into Qwest Field Event […]

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Dead whale in South Sound was far from native waters
The Olympian
The whale matches several reports of a mystery whale spotted swimming in Puget Sound waters since early January. The carcass washed ashore this week in

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Sandi Doughton has the story in the Seattle Times: The most extensive survey of pH levels in the Pacific Ocean confirms what spot measurements have suggested: From Hawaii to Alaska, caries the upper reaches of the sea are becoming more acidic in concert with rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. "If you see these changes […]

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Pacific’s rising acid levels threatening marine life

by Tim Flanagan on January 21, 2010

Sandi Doughton has the story in the Seattle Times: The most extensive survey of pH levels in the Pacific Ocean confirms what spot measurements have suggested: From Hawaii to Alaska, caries the upper reaches of the sea are becoming more acidic in concert with rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. "If you see these changes […]

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