Millions of jellyfish take the center stage for this month's Eyes Over Puget Sound



Front cover of Eyes Over Puget Sound shows many, many jellyfish swimming, viewed from underwater.
Low flows from rivers and warm temperatures from “the Blob” have Puget Sound waters acting strange. During this month's Eyes Over Puget Sound monitoring flight, we saw massive blooms of jellyfish stretching hundreds of feet long. By teaming up with NOAA, we were able to measure one of these jellyfish blooms and found that it was over 36 feet deep! That's a lot of jellies! Local waters are acting in a way never seen before.

Also in this edition

Text: "This is our 24 ft research boat, and these are jellyfish." The boat is dwarfed by the jellyfish smack. Inset: a picture of jellyfish.

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Estuarine circulation is weak, so what gets into Puget Sound stays there. Mats of organic debris and red-brown algae blooms are prevelant throughout the Sound and just bake in the sun. Learn more about the Blob, jellyfish, and current Puget Sound conditions in this month's Eyes Over Puget Sound report.

Puget Sound is 4 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than is normal for this time of year. See how these warm conditions are impacting water quality and marine wildlife in our blog: Puget Sound waters left sweltering after double punch from the drought and the Blob.