Arriving at Friday Harbor

 

Ferry docking at Friday Harbor

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Puget sound phytoplankton counts – May 2012

Jack Rensel reports that diatoms are dominant in North/Central Puget Sound today, including Chaetoceros (Hyalochaete spp.), Thalassiosira,  Nitzchia spp. Near Port Angeles Randy Hodgin reports relatively clear water with naturally low dissolved oxygen, following a Thalassiosira bloom a few days ago when dissolved oxygen was supersaturated.

THe MODIS satellite image provided by Brandon Sackmann (Ecology) below shows relatively low chlorophyll concentrations overall, save an increase associated with the Fraser River plume (that could be turbidity related too) that was pointing due south at the time of the image recording.

 

 

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Video: Cattle Point field trip

ZooBots on a field trip to Cattle Point on San Juan Island.

 

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Photos: crab, anemone, and shrimp

More inverts from the labs.

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Killer whales

 

A pod of killer whales spotted off of San Juan Island, WA.

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Photos: Mudflat habitat

Class took a trip to False Bay to look at a soft-sediment ecosystem.

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False Bay, WA

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Dr. Megan Dethier and students

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Dr. Charlie O'Kelly with a blade of Macrocystis kelp

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Photos: Rocky intertidal habitat

Friday the class took a trip to see the rocky intertidal zone at Cattle Point.

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Sea anemone, Anthopleura

Crab

Crab hiding in seagrass tidepool

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Blood star

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Feather Boa Kelp - Egregia

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Scientific drawing

Meghan Rock will give students a short workshop on the ins and outs of scientific drawing. See her portfolio at: http://www.meghanrocktopus.com/home/portfolio

 

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baby octopus

Octopus rubescen

Baby octopus at FHL

A baby octopus from our lab. Very cute, but also very poisonous so no touching. We released this little one back into the ocean yesterday morning.

 

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