I took the photo above recently at Alki Pipeline, in West Seattle. It’s a noble sea lemon, Peltodoris nobilis, and it’s larger than any other specimen I’ve ever seen, at … Continue readingThe noble sea lemon
This illustration from the Seattle Times (link to article) provides a fascinating window into what Seattle’s marine ecosystem might have looked like prior to urbanization. It’s a map of the … Continue readingSeattle before urbanization
A few times recently when I’ve been out collecting sediment, I’ve had the feeling that I’m being followed. Each time, I turn around and find one of these little guys … Continue readingMy friend the spotted ratfish
Unfortunately, the urchin corrals (see previous post) proved unsuccessful. After numerous adjustments to the design, escapees continued to find their way to freedom. By the end, the only prototypes that … Continue readingUrchins on leashes
Here’s a cool recent paper from Cesar Megina and colleagues: Harbours as marine habitats: hydroid assemblages on sea-walls compared with natural habitats. Megina et al. compared communities of hydroids in harbors and … Continue readingHydroid assemblages in Spain’s harbors versus natural rocky habitats
That’s right, the first 8 week samples from the enrichment plots are in and it’s time to get to work. Here’s what the inside of our lab fridge looks like … Continue readingEnrichment plot samples are here!