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Citizen scientists help Ecology monitor the environment
Every day we work closely with fellow Washingtonians to monitor and study our shared environment. Here are just a few examples of how we partner with citizen scientists throughout the state.
The arrow worms: Part worm, part fish, part…tiger?
Let’s get “straight to the point”: the arrow worm is “right on target” to be named one of the strangest creatures roaming Puget Sound.
Here comes the sun! The golden petal worm shines like the rays of the spring sun
This month’s critter has a set of flowery petals that shine through the dark waters of Puget Sound like the golden rays of the sun.
The solitary pink-mouth hydroid keeps it together (at a distance)
The solitary pink mouth hydroid demonstrates that it might just be possible to embrace togetherness – at a safe distance.
Stuck at home? Get cozy like the tunicate amphipod
Meet the tunicate amphipod, a critter that embraces the comforts of home like no other.
It ain’t easy being green…unless you’re a kelp humpback shrimp
Top o’ the morning to you! Take a lesson from the kelp humpback shrimp, who woke up dressed and ready in its Irish best.
Explore your sweet (or bitter) side this Valentine’s Day with the western bittersweet
This Valentines day, celebrate our most complicated emotions and learn more about the western bittersweet.
Brighten your holiday season with the northern opalescent nudibranch
This month’s aquatic critter looks like a luminous holiday spirit carrying dozens of flickering candles. Definitely don’t try this at home, no matter how festive the effect might be!
This creeping pedal sea cucumber might just give you the creeps!
Move over, bats and spiders! With its blood-red tentacles and scaly body, the creeping pedal sea cucumber might just be the next creature to haunt your Halloween nightmares.
Our scientists contribute to “global biodiversity library”
Last week I was in sunny Los Angeles for the third and final west coast invertebrate “bioblitz” of the summer — the LA Urban Ocean Expedition (LAUOE).

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