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Eyes Under Puget Sound: Critter of the Month — Black-Eyed Hermit Crab
The Black-Eyed Hermit is never far from home, because it carries it along. Hermit crabs generally 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.

Eyes Under Puget Sound: Critter of the Month — 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.
Eyes Under Puget Sound: Critter of the Month — The Hair Worms
The hair worms belong to a family of polychaetes called Cirratulidae, and their tangled hairs are actually branchiae, external gills that occur in pairs along their bodies.
Eyes Under Puget Sound: Critter of the Month —The Pea Crabs
Pea crabs are very tiny. They can be found inside oysters, marine worms, or — especially in the Pacific Northwest —in ghost shrimp burrows.
Eyes Under Puget Sound: Critter of the Month — The Glistenworm
The glistenworm is a shell-less, footless mollusk that burrows into marine sediments by digging with the shield around its mouth.
Eyes Under Puget Sound: Critter of the Month – The Pacific Stinkworm
When disturbed, Travisia pupa, the stinkworm, as its name suggests, gives off a pungent odor similar to rotting garlic.
Eyes Under Puget Sound: Critter of the Month — Slender Sea Pen

This month’s critter looks a lot like an old fashioned-feather quill pen and is fittingly named Stylatula elongata, the sea pen.

A foot of water can make or break a King Tide

Help scientists track and document King Tides this year! The King Tides Photo Initiative is aimed at getting people to take and share photographs during unusually high tides.

Port Gamble Bay update – by the numbers

Get ready to say goodbye to the final, large sign of the lumbermill and sawmill that operated on Port Gamble Bay for more than 140 years.

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