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Doe Bay Open Mic Night Local Benefit for SeaDoc Society

Join SeaDoc Society at the Doe Bay Café for some great food and music on Thursday nights throughout the entire month of November!

SeaDoc will be the featured nonprofit at the Doe Bay Café Open Mic night, meaning $1 for every entrée sold on Thursday nights will be donated in support of our mission to heal the Salish Sea. 

Open mic night runs from 7-10 p.m. give or take. SeaDoc will have a table on the following Thursday nights. Note that there is no event on Nov. 22, which is Thanksgiving.

  • Thursday Nov. 1

  • Thursday Nov. 8

  • Thursday Nov. 15

  • Thursday Nov. 29

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7:00 PM19:00

Ocean Night at the SeaView Theatre with Florian Graner (Screening of Beneath the Salish Sea)

Florian Graner is an accomplished diver and videographer who will screen his beautiful documentary, Beneath the Salish Sea, as part of our Ocean Night at the SeaView Theatre series on Orcas Island.

This is a free, family-friendly event. Food and drinks will be available at the snack bar.

More about Florian Graner

After earning a B.Sc. degree in Marine Biology, Florian extended his hobby of underwater still photography into the field of film. Now, more than a decade later, Florian holds a PhD in Marine Biology with specialization in marine mammals and works full-time as a freelance marine cinematographer. Being a qualified marine biologist, he brings professionalism and extensive subject knowledge to his films. His films have been shown in many countries and his images can be seen in various books, field guides and dive magazines.

Florian's cinematography assignments have taken him all around the world. His recent work includes underwater cinematography for the last two seasons of Animal Planet's RIVER MONSTERS, an Icon Films Production; producing and filming National Geographic's AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS: OLYMPIC; and filming for CBC's WILD CANADIAN YEAR. He has worked on many film assignments for the BBC including PACIFIC ABYSS, AMAZON ABYSS and THE BLUE PLANET; the UK documentary company Icon Films; the German television company NDR Naturfilm; Parthenon Entertainment for National Geographic, and others. Florian also stays busy shooting stock footage in high definition and 2-5K RED formats for his extensive stock libraries.

Florian is a rebreather specialist: he has current rebreather certification and has been diving with rebreathers since 1995. As of July 2016, he has logged over 2,900 dives. Florian grew up diving in Germany and became a certified research diver with the Biological Institute Helgoland (BAH). He has since lived and dived in Norway, along spectacular Sognefjord, Norway's longest and deepest fjord, and in the US, in quaint Pacific Grove, on California's scenic Monterey peninsula. Florian and his family now reside on beautiful Whidbey Island in Puget Sound where he dives and films in the waters of the Salish Sea. Florian is fluent in English, German and Norwegian. His business, Sealife Productions, is registered in Washington state.

Sealife Productions has a strong ethical mission. Florian is committed to using his work to bring issues to the public that would otherwise be difficult to visualize. Florian has produced material for several environmental groups and has appeared on television and radio programs in both the US and in Europe to promote marine conservation issues.

Florian is constantly pushing forward the boundaries, in terms of diving methods and camera technology, to bring unique images back to the surface. In keeping with this philosophy, we hope this website provides a resource for promoting the conservation of a truly global domain...the oceans.

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7:00 PM19:00

Fantastic Fishes: Fact, Fiction and Finding Nemo by Dr. Adam Summers


Ocean Night is a monthly series of family-friendly talks held at the Sea View Theatre on the first Wendesday of each month.

Every winter, SeaDoc hosts a series of monthly science talks on Orcas Island. This year, we’re putting an exciting spin on the series, which we’re calling Ocean Night—a free, family-friendly event at the Sea View Theatre on the first Wednesday of every month, starting at 7 p.m.

The debut event is this Wednesday, Nov. 7th and will feature Dr. Adam Summers of the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs, who was also a science advisor on the Pixar films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.

His presentation is called “Fantastic Fishes: Fact, Fiction and Finding Nemo,” and in it he will break down the form, shape and movements of several species from the animated classic. Summers was approached by Pixar Studios in the early 2000s and spent three years advising the animators who brought Nemo’s underwater world to life.

Summers will also explore some of the incredible fish that live right here in the Salish Sea. Video and multimedia will be a staple of all Ocean Night events, including this one, which will feature several clips from Nemo as well as slow-motion footage of real fish in action, with Summers guiding us on our underwater journey. 

Ocean Night is FREE and food and drinks will be available for purchase at the Sea View snack bar. Doors and concessions open at 6:30 p.m. and the talk starts at 7. Have questions? Call us at 360-376-3910. 

More about Adam Summers

Adam Summers was raised in New York City and the north woods of Canada. At Swarthmore College he earned degrees in mathematics and engineering, but was not interested in pursuing either as a career. While teaching SCUBA in Australia on the Great Barrier Reef he met his first professional biologists. He returned home to get a masters degree in Biology at New York University and the University of Massachusetts for a Ph.D. From the beginning of his research career he attempted to capitalize on previous training as an engineer to understand the evolution of the mechanical systems of animals.

At the University of California Berkeley he was a Miller Research Fellow working on the mechanics of salamander walking and the jaws of a particularly unusual group of limbless amphibians called caecilians. While at UCB he was approached by Pixar Studios to help them with the movie Finding Nemo. He spent three years advising on animal movements and biological aspects of the film and was delighted when the hard work of the Pixar folks was so well received at the box office.

In 2001 he founded the Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of California and while there has won the Bartholmew Prize for physiology research and the Academic Senate prize for undergraduate teaching. In 2009 he moved his laboratory north to the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories where he assumed the role of Associate Director. With students and collaborators he has published more than 70 articles in scientific journals on abstruse subjects including the heads of hammerhead sharks, the properties of skeletons and difficulties of eating hard prey. He also enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the field of biomechanics with a monthly column that appears in Natural History Magazine. The 60th column was published in 2008.

Adam continues to teach an intensive graduate course in the biomechanics of fishes at FHL and he is also prospecting for new classes of biomaterials from the sea.

A complete list of Adams publications is available here as well as his current CV in a variety of formats.

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11:00 AM11:00

COASST Marine Debris Training in Friday Harbor

Help make a difference for the environment by collecting marine debris data for COASST. We are a citizen science program involving participants in the collection of high quality data used in natural resource management and conservation decisions.

Marine debris participants collect data on the characteristics and location of debris - data that will ultimately be used to map the source and transport pathways of debris and to identify potential harm to people, wildlife, and local coastal ecosystems. No prior experience is necessary, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about ¾ mile) each month.

If you are interested in participating, visit our website to learn more about our program and join us at our training session:


Saturday, October 13, 2018
11am - 5pm (ferry arrival times may push some arrivals slightly later: come as soon as you can!)

Friday Harbor Laboratories - Commons
620 University Road
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

There is no charge to attend, but we ask participants to provide a $20 refundable deposit if you would like to take home a COASST survey toolkit. Beach surveys are best conducted in groups of 2 or more – please come with a survey partner in mind or plan to join a team during training. Training activities take place indoors. Please plan to bring a sack lunch for our mid-day break.

Please RSVP to or 206-221-6893. If you’re unable to attend, please email us to let us know that you’d like to be contacted about future trainings near you.

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Salish Sea in Focus Photo Contest Gala
6:30 PM18:30

Salish Sea in Focus Photo Contest Gala

We will celebrate the top photos from the Salish Sea in Focus photography contest at a gala at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. The event will feature photo projected across an IMAX screen and photographers and scientists sharing stories about the photos and the sea. Food and drinks will be served. Photo by: Nathan Bawaan

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6:30 PM18:30

Frans de Waal at SeaView Theater

Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?

Join us at the SeaView Theatre on October 1st for a free event with Frans de Waal.


Animals like killer whales, harbor seals, crows, and ravens - long-lived species that we all consider to be intelligent, surround us. But can we say scientifically how smart these animals are? The SeaDoc Society, with support from the Carper Foundation, will host a free talk at the SeaView Theatre on Monday, October 1st with acclaimed scientist and New York Times bestselling author Frans de Waal. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with books available for signing and purchase thanks to Darvill's Bookstore. The event starts at 7 p.m.

De Waal’s 2016 book, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, explores the oddities and complexities of animal cognition—in crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, chimpanzees, and bonobos—to reveal how smart animals really are, and how we’ve underestimated their abilities for too long.

Did you know that octopuses use coconut shells as tools, that elephants classify humans by gender and language, and that there is a young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame? Fascinating, entertaining, and deeply informed, de Waal’s landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal—and human—intelligence.

The free event is being hosted by the SeaDoc Society and is sponsored by Dan and Margie Carper. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase at the SeaView snack bar.

“An entertaining, convincing case for assessing each species’ intelligence on its own terms….not only full of information and thought-provoking, it’s also a lot of fun to read.” — Nancy Szokan, Washington Post.

“Walks us through research revealing what a wide range of animal species are actually capable of…[I]t all deals a pretty fierce wallop to our sense of specialness.” — Jon Mooallem, New York Times Book Review

“A beautifully written and delightfully conceived popular science book, written by an eminent researcher who has dedicated his career to making the general public aware of just how smart animals are.” — Nicola Clayton, Science

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9:45 AM09:45

Joe Gaydos at the Vancouver Aquarium (Kids' Book Event)

Join SeaDoc Science Director Joe Gaydos in the 4D theatre of the Vancouver Aquarium at 9:45am and 11:15am for a presentation focused on SeaDoc's recent kids' book. 

The event is part of the aquarium's Super Saturdays program, which is an opportunity to visit the Aquarium without line-ups, and instead enjoy quiet galleries and specialty programming. We open our doors early for this special members-only event, where each Super Saturday has a unique theme with lots of activities for kids and adults alike.

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9:00 AM09:00

Professional Development Seminar (Kids' Book Curriculum)

Meet one of the authors, Science Director of the SeaDoc Society and marine veterinarian Dr. Joe Gaydos, to hear about the launch of this book that hopes to inspire children to learn about the unique ecosystem that encompasses the coastal waters from Seattle’s Puget Sound up to the British Columbia. Network with local colleagues about ideas to integrate this new book with engaging activities that meet the Next Generation Science Standards. Lunch and clock hours provided.

We hope to find out about teacher interest in infusing existing curricula with local context and what teachers need in order to facilitate the dissemination of the text with a lens for inspiring youth to care about where they live and understand their connection to this place.

Participants registered by the end of July will receive a free copy of the book to explore before the workshop, bringing ideas to share.


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2018 Wine & Sea Auction
5:00 PM17:00

2018 Wine & Sea Auction

On July 14, 2018 SeaDoc will hold its annual Wine and Sea Auction fundraiser on Orcas Island from 5-8pm. This special event will be a unique opportunity for 150-175 philanthropists to combine their appreciation for fine wine with their desire to heal the Pacific Northwest’s inland sea. Premiere wines from the cellars of the region’s collectors, purveyors, and vintners will be auctioned by Jay Fiske; while attendees will enjoy wines from our friends at Coeur de Terre Vineyard. All proceeds will benefit the SeaDoc Society’s work in the Pacific Northwest.

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