Monday, March 19, 2012


Three new links have been added;    Seal Sitters, Watching Our Water Ways, and Orca Network.
If you are not already familiar with these sites you will find a world of information on Marine Mammals and other Puget Sound news and information here.  ALL HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hope Not Lost

La Nina......
Seattle residents well remember the La Nina event of 2011...the year without a summer....well actually it arrived in August.  So she's back again in 2012 with a vengence, promising more of the same for spring and summer.  BUT WAIT,  maybe not.  Cliff Mass of the University of Washington, and owner of a great NW weather blog reports that La Nina is weakening fast......and should have packed up and left the area by the end of April.  So don't give up hope on summer we know weather forecasters are never wrong.
Read the latest update on La Nina....   I also recommend his book on Pacific NW's a page soaker.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Unusual Cetaceans in Puget Sound 2010-2012

Puget Sound has welcomed a few unusual visitors from 2010 through now.  Four species of cetaceans not normally seen in Puget Sound have been observed:   Risso's Dolphin, Long-beaked Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin and Brydes Whale.  In addition the Harbor Porpoise has made a come back in Central and Southern Puget Sound after being absent for decades.  Images courtesy NOAA.

Bryde's Whale

Bottlenose Dolphin

Long-Beaked Common Dolphin

Risso's Dolphin