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Monthly Archives: January 2011
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Thanks to Jim Aho of Illahee for sharing a report of an Atlantic
or Maine lobster caught from the community dock. It’s third hand
information, but wouldn’t be the first time an Atlantic lobster has
been found in the Puget Sound – 1999, 2008. The 2008 discovery lead to some interesting
exchanges between divers who liked the idea of seeing something
unusual on their dives, and those who understood the risk
non-native species pose.
People with good intentions buy and release lobsters. Someone
even wrote about their dilemma to buy and release
lobsters and in the end how they did the right thing. But the
fact that someone is putting that much thought into it means that
it’s on the minds of many. The presence of lobsters in the our
marine waters clearly shows that some follow through with their
thoughts. Maybe well intentioned, but a horribly dangerous habit to
Releasing one may help that individual live a little longer, but
just one can cause direct harm by eating and out-competing our
native species (they’re opportunists eating fish, crabs, clams,
mussels, sea urchins…) and can have even greater impact by
spreading disease. I don’t know if conditions are suitable here for
lobsters to successfully reproduce, but it’s just not worth the
Should you ever find an Atlantic/Maine lobster, please snap a
photo and send a message with location and date to me (email@example.com) and/or to the Washington Department of
Fish and Wildlife’s Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinator, or
call 877-9-INFEST. We may just continue to catch these odd
individuals here and there, but should we start to see reports
clustered in an area, this may be a species we would have a chance
to eradicate. Thanks for keeping your eyes peeled and reporting the
A couple weeks in but happy new year! Every year, I enjoy new
shoreline experiences and marvel at all there is to know and all
that is unknown. 2010′s treasures were a couple octopus. I wonder
what this year will bring?
I wanted to write a short note to draw your attention to a
pair of upcoming (this Saturday!) beach walks and share a couple
images from January beach walks past.
Please join the Kitsap Beach Naturalists at one of two locations
Saturday (January 15) evening from 7:30-8:30pm (click here for flier). Dress appropriately and
bring some form of portable light.
Bainbridge Island, ferry dock – meet @ BI
Senior Community Center on Brien Drive
Bremerton, Evergreen Park - meet at the park
Our final winter beach walk for the season will be February 15,
7:30-8:30pm at the Manchester boat launch. We’ll meet at the
library and head down to the beach from there.
I always rave about how fun and fascinating these events are.
Winter minus tides are pretty smooth sailing for intertidal
organisms – no sun, no heat, no light (for predators), little
activity on the water and beach. With waves and cold as their
biggest concerns, they’re generally just care free chilling until
the tide returns.
For the next week, we’ll have good low tides between 6:pm and
midnight (the low gets progressively later each night) so take an
evening stroll on the beach whenever you get the chance. Don’t
forget to go slow, look around and enjoy the nightlife. You never
know what lies just outside your beam.