Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Purple Sea Star survey on South side of Breakwater at Alki. 40 Purple Stars with 7 with very minor SSWD spots and 1 with advanced SSWD. General size of stars was 15cm. Breakwater is 75 meters long. Was PC with about 10 knot wind 40 deg f. Thanks to Noelle Congdon for spotting stars that I could not bend far enough to see. Breakwater is 75 meters long. Other marine life included chitons, anemones (one very green Moonglow) , keyhole limpets, mussels and sea cucumbers.
Early morning total lunar eclipse was not visible due to clouds in Seattle so live TV feed from NASA was only option....or transporter trip to CA but I misplaced my keys to the transporter....
|Burrowing Sea Cucumber|
|Super Blue Blood Eclipse (TV image due to clouds in Seattle)|
|Anemones and Purple Star|
|Mussels and branacles|
Friday, January 26, 2018
January 26th marked the 10th day that Harbor Seal pup Uno has been monitored in January on Lincoln Park and lately Cove 3 beach at Alki. Uno appears healthy for a 4-6 month old pup and its activity level is good. Usually Uno arrives on the beach at high tide and departs for the water some 4 to 7 hours later...a normal rest pattern for a pup. Seal Sitters continues to monitor Uno in rain and wind and sometimes even a little sun. California Sea Lions are present in normal winter numbers in the bay but do not come to rest on local beaches preferring buoys and barge decks as resting spots. Winter has provided some dramatic lighting effects but unhappily no pot of gold.
|California Sea Lions|
|Gull with Sea Star meal|
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Harbor Seal pup Uno was back at Alki for a rest on Cove 3 beach today. Uno seems healthy and is spending about the same amount of time on the beach each day. This is 7 days in the past 2 weeks that Uno has been monitored by Seal Sitters at Alki.
In addition to Uno a group of 5 California Sea Lions rested in the water a short distance from Cove 1 shore. Usually they rest of the large mooring buoys off shore but a tug and barge chased them into the water while tying up to the buoy. Flippers raised out of the water is for thermoregulation as the flippers lose less heat in air then in the water...they can also absorb heat from the sun. Lots of divers were in the area and the sea lions moved off shortly after the divers went in the water. Once the tug activity ceased the sea lions were back on the buoy. A few sea lions remained on the barge during the entire operation, undisturbed by all the activity.