I’ve been away from “Water Ways” quite a lot lately while
covering a trial in Tacoma involving safety and environmental
concerns at Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club. Kitsap County is suing
the club over operations at its gun range near Bremerton. (Watch
for my “live blogging” or read the stories on the Kitsap Sun website.)
Meanwhile, I’d like to call your attention to a story by Kitsap
Sun reporter Brynn Grimley, who took a “salmon tour” via kayak last
weekend. Her close-up story and some great photos by Meeghan Reid
can be seen in
Sunday’s Kitsap Sun.
Whale Trail poster / Click on
image to download poster (PDF 1.5 mb)
As chum salmon begin to arrive in small streams throughout the
Kitsap Peninsula, you may wish to carefully observe their migration
and spawning. Several years ago, a couple of us at the Sun created
a map with videos depicting the best viewing spots. Check out
Kitsap Sun Salmon
Map. I hope to update the videos with new information when I
Another map that may be of interest is the “Whale Trails” map that purports to
show the best places in Puget Sound to view marine mammals.
Unfortunately, there are no places shown on the Kitsap Peninsula. I
might recommend Point No Point County Park in North Kitsap,
locations on the Kingston waterfront, and Bachmann Park in the city
of Bremerton, as well as several places on Bainbridge Island.
The Whale Trail organization sent me a poster for the Washington
State Ferries that will help riders know what kinds of marine
mammals they may be seeing. This is a great idea, and I hope people
will take the opportunity to learn about the kinds of animals
common in the waters of Puget Sound. Click on the image (PDF 2.5
mb), above right, to download the poster.
The Puget Sound killer whales are a little late this year in
making excursions into South Puget Sound. They typically come south
hunting for chum salmon after the runs of chinook decline up north.
I’ll have more to say about this when we begin to see them more
frequently, assuming they are just late this year.
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