Eyes over Puget Sound

Around once a month, we take to the air and travel by boat to obtain high-resolution aerial photo observations and gather water data at our monitoring stations and state ferry transects. This provides us a visual picture of the health of Puget Sound, which we call Eyes Over Puget Sound or EOPS.

Eyes Over Puget Sound empowers you to:

  • See what is currently happening in Puget Sound.
  • See how weather and climate are shaping Puget Sound water quality.
  • Use Eyes Over Puget Sound as free educational material for your own endeavors.

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Surface conditions on our latest flight

From patches of jellyfish and snow geese, to sediment and early blooms, our February flight saw more than you might expect to see in winter. 

This winter, weather has been warmer and wetter than usual. Rivers are flowing higher than normal. 

In North Sound marine waters, temperatures have become too cool for Northern Pacific anchovies to tolerate. However, Puget Sound has many species worth showcasing. In this issue of Eyes over Puget Sound, learn about the heart crab — a shy critter that wears its heart on its shell.

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