A report by divers (names not available) was forwarded to me by Laura James (a professional diver, videographer and photographer) stated that they had observed 100 or so Pisaster o. in deeper water on the pipeline over the last few weeks and they appeared to be healthy and adult size.
This is good news for Constellation Marine Reserve as it is the fist time in 2 years that a survey has been completed without finding evidence of SSWD in Pisaster o. observed. This summer will tell us more about the state of the Purple Stars at CMR....hopefully we will see an increase in healthy stars......fingers crossed.
Additionally there were 15 Keyhole Limpets seen on the south side of the breakwater which is a rather high number as per my recollection from past years. These limpets may be benefiting from the low number of the Purple Stars which are a predator of the limpets.
|South side of breakwater CMR area|
|Keyhole Limpets on breakwater|
|Rip-Rap on pipeline CMR minus 1ft. tide|
|Spring Showers over Elliott Bay|