Friday, August 3, 2012

"Eyes Over Puget Sound" for July 31, 2012

By Sandy Howard, communication manager, Environmental Assessment Program

Check out the aerial photos from our marine monitoring program’s July 31st Puget Sound over-flight.

We saw extensive red-brown blooms in South Sound Inlets and parts of Central Sound. We also observed high algae blooming activity in most of Puget Sound. Jellyfish aggregations have grown in size and numbers in Budd Inlet. We also saw several large tidal eddies.

To the north, summertime is in full swing in the San Juan Islands! Salish Sea waters are very green right now with abundant growth of both micro and macro algae in many bays and passages.

“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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