Steller Sea Lions

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is largest of them all? Well, if we are talking about sea lions, Steller sea lions are winning this contest. This threatened species got their name from German scientist, George Steller, who studied and classified them, but there are still many unknown details about these animals. For example, science…

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Gray Whales visit Puget Sound

Gray Whale photo by Merrill Gosho

When people hear of Puget Sound, they often think of Orcas, but we also have many other different types of whales that stop by Puget Sound throughout the year. One of these is the Gray whales. A small sub set of Gray whales come to Puget Sound each spring to feed on Ghost shrimp in the…

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Harbor Seal Pupping Season Arrives

Seal Sitters: Share the Shore from EarthFix on Vimeo. [space height=”20″] The Pacific Northwest has many marine mammal species- Orca, whales, dolphins, porpoises, and several Pinnipeds, including seals and sea lions. One of the most common is the Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina). Harbor seals live year-round throughout Puget Sound, and can be seen swimming about…

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Divers Meet Steller Sea Lions at Hornby Island

Its been a fun and exciting 6 days with our March 2015 Hornby Island dive trip, where we spent two days of diving in Puget Sound before heading up to Hornby Island, British Columbia to dive in Canadian waters, and to see the Lions of Hornby Island. Our divers traveled from Florida, Hawaii, California and…

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River Otter Facts You Need to Know

Here in Seattle, we love our scrappy local River otters. River otters are the most common mammal in the Northwest marine environment, more common than Harbor seals, California sea lions, or even Orcas! While not federally protected like their Sea otter cousins down in California, River otters play an important role in keeping our rivers…

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Harbor Seals join us for a Night Dive

One of the best parts of a night dive are the different animals that come out in the evening hours. Our night dive last week had Harbor seals join us for most of the dive, using our dive lights to hunt for invertebrates. Harbor seals are fairly common marine mammals in Puget Sound with healthy…

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