By Sandy Howard, communication manager, Environmental Assessment Program
If you haven’t gotten up to the San Juans this summer, Eyes Over Puget Sound can take you there.
Our August cover shows a bird’s eye view of Sucia Island — looking like a giant downward-facing hand.
We saw an intense yellow-green phytoplankton bloom inside Fossil and Mud bays in this photo taken at 11:22 a.m. last Monday.
Sunshine and warm temperatures have returned after last week’s intense rain.
We observed that the Puyallup and Nisqually rivers are flowing high. Red-brown blooms and numerous patches of jellyfish remain strong in South Sound, Sinclair and Dyes Inlets, and in Bellingham Bay. And we saw brown-green blooms in Whidbey Basin.
Macro-algae surface debris is very high in South and Central Sound. Hood Canal remains cooler but Puget Sound-wide temperatures are now warmer and less salty.
Sea surface temperatures are above 15 °C, conditions favorable for some pathogens, and harmful algae blooms.
Read about super colonies of by-the-wind sailors washing up on our shores. They are called Vellela vellela.
Eyes Over Puget Sound combines high-resolution photo observations with satellite images, en route ferry data between Seattle and Victoria BC, and measurements from our moored instruments.
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See the August issue of Eyes Over Puget Sound.