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2011 August

From the monthly archives:

August 2011

Wikipedia article on the Salish Sea foot mystery

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2011

Wow! There’s an article at Wikipedia about the mystery of the sneakers and feet washing ashore all over the Salish Sea. An no…I did not write it! —Tim Salish Sea human foot discoveries From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Since August 2007, eleven detached human feet have been discovered on the coasts of the Salish Sea […]

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Foot found in sneaker in Vancouver inlet

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2011

This unsigned story appears at CBC.ca: [Investigators on a dock in a False Creek marina examine remains found in a shoe there Tuesday evening. (Emily Elias/CBC photo)] INTERACTIVE MAP: Feet found on West Coast Video: Another foot found (1:54) What appears to be a human foot and a leg bone have been found in a […]

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Shellfish farmers confront silent watershed crises

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2011

Recent problems facing the shellfish industry have made nurturing the tender little bivalves a little tougher, leaving farmers struggling to stay productive and sustainable. Tiffany Ran has the story at Crosscut: Ask a shellfish farmer about his plans and he would first consult his tide calendar. Between now and the equinox, Gary Webb of Eagle […]

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ln Migael’s Wake | Anacortes

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2011

Migael Scherer has this item at Three Sheets Northwest. I want to add my two cents: I love Anacortes! When I was a kid, we trailered our boat up from Portland, Oregon, each summer, and Anacortes was merely a “jumping off point”. Once we left Anacortes, our “real” vacation could start. Nowadays, however, I like […]

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Amateur video captures high-speed killer whales

by Tim Flanagan on August 31, 2011

Christopher Dunagan has this item in his blog at the Kitsap Sun: When killer whales swim really fast, it’s called porpoising. Some of the most dramatic orca photographs capture whales in mid-leap. If you haven’t had enough killer whale images the past few days, I’d like to share a video shot Friday by amateur videographer […]

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This unsigned story appears in the Tacoma News Tribune: A group of about six orca whales has been spotted in South Sound over the past few days, according to reports to Cascade Research Collective, an Olympia-based marine mammal research group. The whales, which appear to include two calves or young whales, are transient orcas and […]

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Follow-up to suspected boat collision with orca

by Tim Flanagan on August 30, 2011

Christopher Dunagan has this story in his blog at the Kitsap Sun: Given the excitement of the moment, including comments over the radio, some people still believe that L-90, a 19-year-old female orca named Ballena, was struck by a boat off the west side of San Juan Island on Friday. An experienced driver for the […]

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Luna the whale comes to the big screen

by Tim Flanagan on August 30, 2011

Lynda V. Mapes has this story in her nature blog at the Seattle Times: Remember Luna, the orca whale who lost contact with his family in Puget Sound in 2001 and turned up near Vancouver Island in Nootka Sound, hanging around boats and docks? Luna, the lonely whale. Cameron Forbes, photo We covered his life […]

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SEATTLE – The Coast Guard and Washington Dept. of Ecology continue to monitor the wreckage of the fishing vessel TW Legacy for pollution, Sunday, after the vessel ran aground, Saturday, near Decatur Island, Wash. The crew was safely recovered, but the vessel submerged and slid down an embankment to a depth of approximately 85 feet. […]

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Pusher tug, barge stop by en route to Alaska

by Tim Flanagan on August 28, 2011

David G. Sellars has this story in the Peninsula Daily News: [The 208-foot AVEC-208 is docked at Port of Port Angeles Terminal One North pier. Click on the camera icon below to see its pusher tug, the MV Cavek. -- Photo by David G. Sellars for Peninsula Daily News.] Two parts that become one pulled […]

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Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary having busy summer

by Tim Flanagan on August 28, 2011

CoastReporter.net has this story from “UNIT 12”: Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary-Pacific, Unit 12, Halfmoon Bay has been fairly busy over the past few months with various call-outs on the water. AUGUST 28, 2011 Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary-Pacific, Unit 12, Halfmoon Bay has been fairly busy over the past few months with various call-outs on the […]

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SEATTLE — The Coast Guard recovered six people from the 62-foot fishing vessel TW Legacy after the vessel ran aground near Decatur Island, Wash., while transiting Thatcher Pass in the San Juan Islands, Wash., Saturday. The Coast Guard received the report of the vessel grounding at approximately 2:30 a.m. and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter […]

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Reports of injured killer whale are likely false

by Tim Flanagan on August 27, 2011

Christopher Dunagan has this story at his (Kitsap Sun) blog: I’m happy to inform you that reports of a killer whale being struck off the west side of San Juan Island this morning apparently were false. Erin Heydenreich, Ken Balcomb and others with the Center for Whale Research spent about two hours on the water […]

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Orcas seen swimming in Sinclair Inlet

by Tim Flanagan on August 27, 2011

Christopher Dunagan has this story in the Kitsap Sun: BREMERTON — A small group of killer whales, probably seal-eating transients, visited Sinclair Inlet Friday afternoon and evening, according to several people who reported the whales to the Kitsap Sun and to Orca Network. The first sighting was about 4 p.m. in Rich Passage, where three […]

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This unsigned story appears in the Kingston Community News: [A $764,000 grant for SoundRunner will be used to improve docking and fueling for the passenger ferries. File photo / 2010] KINGSTON — The Port of Kingston will use $977,000 in federal and matching funds to improve docking and fueling for the SoundRunner boats, and to […]

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Mark Yuasa has this item in his Reel Time blog at the Seattle Times: The pink fishery has amped up to hot in recent days to go right along with the nice weather we’re finally seeing. Anglers didn’t have to venture far to find them as places like Shilshole Bay, Alki Point south to Redondo […]

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Charlie Bermant has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT TOWNSEND — The Port of Port Townsend has developed a schedule for the preparation and development of a passenger ferry service between Seattle and Port Townsend. “We need to move on this very quickly,” Port Director Larry Crockett told port commissioners Wednesday night as […]

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[Port Angeles Boat Haven’s A/B float. -- Photo by Chris Tucker/Peninsula Daily News] Tom Callis has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: PORT ANGELES — A fleet of up to six armed submarine escort boats could be moved to Port Angeles. The Port of Port Angeles is in talks with the Navy over relocating […]

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Port of Tacoma container volumes reverse course in July

by Tim Flanagan on August 27, 2011

JOHN GILLIE has this story in the Tacoma News Tribune: The Port of Tacoma’s seesaw container numbers were up again in July after two consecutive months of decline. New figures from the port show container numbers measured in 20-foot-equivalent units or TEUs exceed last July’s by 3.9 percent. July’s result follow disappointing May and June […]

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Putting the pinch on illegal crabbers

by Tim Flanagan on August 27, 2011

Craig Welch has the story in the Seattle Times: [A crab is measured with a caliper. The couple who caught it were cited because it was too small. ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES] Officer Chris Moszeter squatted on the deck of his 28-foot patrol boat and measured the shells of a bucketful of […]

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