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Mystery oil spill in Seattle’s Salmon Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology are simultaneously working to clean up and investigate the source of an oil spill detected in Seattle’s Salmon Bay, along the Lake Washington Ship Canal, on Monday. Very little information about the spill has been released so far, but a strong petroleum odor and sheen […]

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Here Flipper

Q13 posted this fun video, sent in by a view, of a dolphin leaping and playing near Point Defiance this weekend.  It appears to be a White-sided dolphin, according to Q13. It is one of three species we get see from time to time on Puget Sound — and the rarest. More common are the […]

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A healthy sea star on Alki Beach

Boaters can help as sea star epidemic spreads

Sea stars — or starfish, as I knew them growing up — are one of those things in the ocean that are just so weird you can’t possibly not notice them. And noticing them, and reporting your findings, may be their best hope for survival as a frightening new disease courses through their ranks. Brainless, eyeless, hydraulically […]

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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Dam in Ballard seen from seaward

First waterways infrastructure bill in seven years signed into law

Thanks to Captain Mike Brough for pointing us toward this story President Obama signed into this month the first waterways infrastructure spending bill to pass Congress in seven years. The Water Resources Reform Development Act funds such various maritime projects as shoreline damage prevention, harbor maintenance and various inland waterways improvements. The bill is a […]

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Noctiluca is a harmless, single-celled micro-organism that shows up on Puget Sound this time of year.

Red algae blooms showing up on Puget Sound

  Update 5.22.14 (originally published 5.18.13) Reader Brenda Harbottle  today wrote to ask why Blakely Harbor had turned orange — and provided the pictures to prove it on our Facebook Page.  We confronted the same question last year and here’s what we found: If you see a red-orange bloom on the water while boating on […]

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Boaters are required to stay 200 yards away from the region's killer whales.

A reminder to be kind to your cetacean friends

It’s that time of year again when people and whales are going to start getting cozy, and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has sent out the following reminder to boaters to steer clear of killer whales: With summer approaching, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is reminding recreational boaters to […]

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