The owners of the “Marine Room” restaurant in San Diego were certainly in for a surprise this morning, after an eight-month old sea lion pup found her way into their establishment overnight and … Continue readingSea Lions as urban megafauna
Winter is coming… well, it’s here really. January is a time of change and rebirth for many species in the seasonal seas of the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps this is true for … Continue readingWinter is coming
Most coastal cities are built at the mouths of rivers and in estuarine systems where soft sediment was the dominant marine habitat type historically. Though we’ve added all sorts of … Continue readingAll that lives in a handful of mud
If you’re a barnacle, clam, mussel, or any other filter feeder in Seattle, you’re likely rejoicing right now in the recent profusion of food! Just as terrestrial plants throughout the northern … Continue readingGreen Seas in the Emerald City
Coastal cities are not just home to high densities of humans. Octopus may also come to dwell in urban landscapes in large numbers. This is what we’re finding in an … Continue readingUrban Dweller: The Giant Pacific Octopus
A quick tribute to a common urban marine organism that I think is particularly beautiful: the Moon Jelly, Aurelia aurelia. Here’s a video I took recently of one in Seattle’s Elliott … Continue readingThe aesthetic delight of Aurelia aurelia
Last fall, I posted photos from an urchin barren at Elliott Bay Marina. It’s taken me forever to compile video from the same dive, but here it is in all its glory … Continue readingUrchin barren video
There’s been much talk in the local dive community recently of an urchin take over in Puget Sound’s urban waterways. Divers at some of Seattle’s busiest dive sites have noticed a sudden … Continue readingUrchin take-over?
What lives out there in Seattle’s underwater landscape? That’s been the question of undergraduate interns in the Sebens Lab over the last 2 months, as they’ve analyzed photos from our recent … Continue readingWhat’s out there?
Sea urchins may not seem like they’re destined for great things in life, but the marine environment would really by quite different without them. These prickly creatures, which are related … Continue readingUrchins destined for great things