News from the SeaDoc Society
April 2016
Tracking the health of individual endangered wild animals has only been done in rare cases. This "extreme conservation" measure, as it was called when describing its benefits to endangered mountain gorillas, is a tool we know will benefit Southern Resident killer whale recovery.
It was an honor to work with NOAA and the National Marine Mammal Foundation to pull together nearly 30 killer whale experts from around North America to start this process. It was also an honor to have private SeaDoc donors give $30,000 last summer to facilitate a larger grant and NOAA funding to make this work possible. Thank you!
Joe Gaydos
Chief Scientist and Regional Director
Killer whales to get personal health records; may lead to hands-off annual checkups
Killer whale Joe Gaydos
Southern Resident killer whales, currently numbering 84, can be individually identified and are some of the best-studied marine mammals in the world. Researchers regularly collect important health data on them (including photographs of skin disease and body condition, as well as samples of feces, breath, blubber and skin). We even know their family history. Unfortunately, we've never compiled the data into records that permit us to easily assess their health, until now.
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Devil's Mountain Fault is really nobody's fault
Fault line
Seafloor mapping is a critical tool for understanding ocean habitats. As you can imagine, the seafloor is really hard for most people to see without mapping tools.
But Dr. Gary Greene of SeaDoc's Tombolo mapping lab knows that seafloor mapping also has other merits, such as uncovering faults that could cause earthquakes. Dr. Greene and his Canadian collaborator Dr. Vaughn Barry recently revealed, in detail, a 125km-long series of faults that run from Washington to Victoria associated with the Devil's Mountain Fault Zone. We think you'll be surprised to see how many faults there are in San Juan County.
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First in the world, again
SeaDoc is proud to be a program of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. For the second year in a row, the school held onto its top spot in veterinary science in the latest QS World University Rankings. UC Davis is renowned for applying a "One Health" approach to addressing critical health concerns on a local and global scale. SeaDoc is just one example of the school's many programs that simultaneously address ecosystem, wildlife and human health.
In addition to crediting the people and programs of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dean Michael Lairmore also noted that this recognition is "a reflection of the dedication of our philanthropic partners who provide generous gifts that help fund novel research, improved facilities and student scholarships." We feel the same way at SeaDoc. Thank you!
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No, it's not ALL work
zion trail race
This week Joe G and Jean (plus friends and family) are heading to Zion National Park to run in the Zion Ultra. There won't be any tides, or kelp, or salt water, but exploring a new ecosystem - even at a run - helps expand your mind and spirit. Run, guys, run!
SeaDoc in the news
Killer whale health records project gets wide coverage
Our recent workshop with NOAA to kick off individual health records for endangered killer whales was covered widely by The Associated Press, Seattle Times, KUOW, the CBC, and more. See coverage.

Seafloor mapping by Dr. Gary Greene featured by CBC
The CBC covered the discovery of a new earthquake fault running from Canada to the United States.
New review of The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest
SEA-media.org says,
"In just 148 pages, Benedict and Gaydos have captured the essence of the Salish Sea."
UC Davis Vet School helps in Nepal
Joe Gaydos and Jonna Mazet of the UC Davis Vet School have been helping
Nepal's Department of National Parks in improving that country's wildlife health and conservation.
Upcoming events
Chris Jordan on "Encountering Midway"
Seattle artist and filmmaker Chris Jordan will be at the Sea View Theater on Orcas Island on Thursday, April 7 at 5:30pm. Presented by Orcas Currents. Free.

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference
The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is April 13-16 in Vancouver BC. Details are here.
Tales from the Salish Sea in Vancouver
Joe Gaydos, Audrey Benedict, and Kevin Campion will share an evening of extraordinary tales from the Salish Sea at Nature Vancouver. April 14, 7:30pm.
Joe Gaydos at Sound Conversations
The Seattle Aquarium's Sound Conversations series will feature Joe Gaydos in conversation with Jeff Renner. April 20, 6:30pm. $10. Register here.

Joe Gaydos speaks for the North Cascades Audubon meeting
Joe will speak on the Salish Sea and sign books. All are welcome. The meeting takes place at the Whatcom Museum. April 26, 7pm
Joe Gaydos talks at Kitsap Audubon
Joe will speak on the Salish Sea and sign books at the regular monthly meeting of Kitsap Audubon. May 12, 2016, 7pm.
SeaDoc Wine and Sea Auction
Tickets are available at seadocsociety.org/auction. Saturday, July 9, 2016, 5pm
About SeaDoc
The SeaDoc Society uses science to find solutions to the problems facing marine ecosystems. Our work focuses on the Salish Sea, one of the most ecologically productive inland seas in the world. The Salish Sea extends from Olympia, Washington to Campbell River, BC., and is home to over 8 million people.
We are a program of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center, a center of excellence at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
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