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The striped nudibranch: Don’t mess with this ferocious sea slug!
Nudibranchs, or sea slugs, are the elegant, marine-dwelling cousins of the slimy brown slugs you find in your garden.
Celebrate Pride! The ornate tube worm sports all the colors of the rainbow
Our benthic taxonomists share details on critters in sediment habitats, including life history, and the role each critter plays in the community. This month's focus is the Ornate Tube Worm.
Latest health report on Washington beaches
See the good, the best, and the poopiest marine swimming beaches in our BEACH Program Annual Report.
Women in Science: Arati Kaza

Chemist Arati Kaza is our quality assurance officer and this month's woman in science.

Citizen science at Washington beaches

"Involving citizen science volunteers is vital to our monitoring program. Especially in smaller communities," said Julianne Ruffner, manager of Ecology's BEACH program.

Ecology taking action to support orca and salmon recovery

Governor Inslee has directed Ecology to take the necessary steps to allow increased water to spill over the Snake and Columbia River dams during the spring season.

Monitoring air quality in Washington

Using continuous monitoring data, we can let you know when air pollution reaches unhealthy levels.

Our sediment monitoring team contributes to the Smithsonian’s Global Genome Initiative
Our scientists use DNA barcoding to identify Puget Sound benthic invertebrates. This work is a collaboration for the Global Genome Initiative.
Women in Science: Sheelagh McCarthy

Sheelagh McCarthy is a surface water quality specialist and computer modeler.

Moss animals: Animals in plant disguises!
Bryozoans take on many different growth forms that provide habitat and shelter for juvenile fish and invertebrates. Some resemble fans or lace, while others appear more geometric.

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