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Protecting shorelines for public and environmental benefits

This week, Ecology formally revised the state procedural rules for managing marine and freshwater shorelines.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream cone worms
Ice cream cone worms are easily recognized by their distinct cone-shaped tubes that can be up to two inches long.
Eyes Over Puget Sound: River flows above normal

Cooler and wetter conditions set the stage for a favorable supply of freshwater in June 2017.

Flora or fauna? The tube-dwelling anemone lights up the Sound with its "blooms"
Meet the tube-dwelling anemone, a delicate blossom at the bottom of Puget Sound.
We're over the moon for the moon snail
With its easily recognizable shell (the largest found on Puget Sound beaches), we are certainly over the moon for this month's critter: the Moon Snail.
The voucher sheet project
A voucher sheet is a document that contains descriptions and photos of a species. We create these to identify the critters we monitor and to help other scientists doing similar work.
Be still, my heart (urchin)!
Unlike most sea urchins, which are round, heart urchins appear heart-shaped, elongate with a small depression at one end for the mouth.
Ring in the New Year with the black-eyed hermit crab
The black-eyed hermit is never far from home, because it carries it along. Hermit crabs find protection from predators inside empty snail shells.
Eyes Over Puget Sound: La Niña is here!

November 2016 surface-conditions report: heavy rains swelled Puget Sound rivers and streams to above-normal levels, so water temperatures, salinity, and oxygen improved.

Get winterized with the frost-spot corambe
The frost-spot corambe is a beautiful sea slug with frosty white speckles that seem to glow as if it just swallowed a set of twinkly lights.

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