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September 2014 Update

In this issue: Rescuing sea lions entangled by packing straps, Federal funding for marine mammal stranding response, eelgrass science, new video explains Washington … [Read More...]

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Gary Davis on the History of Saving the Oceans

Gary Davis, a former scientist with the National Park Service, was one of the "Aquanauts" who lived underwater on the continental shelf in the 1960s. He's also the originator of the Great Annual Fish Count, and a long-time SeaDoc board member.

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How do you help a 2,000 pound wild animal that’s entangled?

Entangled Steller sea lion: SeaDoc photo[/caption]When a sea lion gets a plastic packing strap stuck around its neck, it’s not a pretty sight. The animal doesn’t die right away. As the seal grows, the strap gets tighter and tighter. Eventually the animal can starve or strangle. For almost 2 years, SeaDoc and collaborators from the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network, the Whale Museum, the Vancouver Aquarium, and the Seattle Aquarium have been working with NOAA Fisheries to … [Read More...]

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August 2014 Update

In this issue: Learning more about stranded killer whales, marine bird declines featured in the news, thank you for supporting SeaDoc at our auction, Salish Sea book is coming soon, join SeaDoc for a once-in-a-lifetime Salish Sea trip, slideshow on coastal cutthroat trout, SeaDoc presents on wildlife diseases. … [Read More...]


July 2014 Update

In this issue: Why do harbor seals swim upside down when foraging? Scientists close in on sea star wasting disease. Marine mammal video for kids. Salish Sea Conservation in Focus trip. SeaDoc's newest collaborator is 6 years old. Harbor porpoise stranding update … [Read More...]

Increase in harbor porpoise strandings

The number of harbor porpoise strandings in May of 2014 was higher than usual (but not higher than the number in 2012). Joe Gaydos was quoted in the Journal of the San Juans: In fact, according to Dr. Joe Gaydos of the Orcas Island-based SeaDoc Society, spring is the time of year when harbor porpoise typically migrate en masse from the mouth of Juan de Fuca Strait into the heart of the Salish Sea and strandings are not uncommon at that time. Still, Gaydos, who will perform the early … [Read More...]

Basking shark copyright Florian Graner. Used with permission.

Tracking Transboundary Trouble

How do you know if your ecosystem is in trouble? One clue is the number of species that are in decline or endangered. If that number gets bigger over time, you’re probably heading in the wrong direction. Publications We publish our Species of Concern analysis approximately every two years in conjunction with the biennial Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. Species of Concern 2013 (119) Species of Concern 2011 (113) Species of Concern 2008 (64) Species of Concern 2006 … [Read More...]

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June 2014 Update

In this issue: Video of coastal cutthroat trout, mapping the Pacific flyway, surprise donation from Orcas High School seniors, interns arrive for the summer, plus updates on mapping, killer whale research funding, and how UC Davis studies diseases and the interface between people and wildlife. … [Read More...]

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