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7 thoughts on “Name ‘Salish Sea’ offers new possibilities for description

  1. Thanks Mr. Dunagan,
    I for one am very excited about the move to recognize ‘The Salish Sea’. I think that it not only offers new possibilities in terms of describing the nature and habits of aquatic life…I think it opens up discussions on geology, geography, history, anthropology, cartography and more! The obvious targets of this are our children, but even this old dinosaur gets some joy in discovering this. I hope others-people,not dinosaurs-are also excited!

  2. This politically correct BS will never get any traction amoung the common people. Only the “Intellectual Elite” will ever use it. It will serve to make you sound very PC and well informed at your next AlGore fund raiser.

  3. I wonder if it will give rise to ANOTHER umbrella environmental group: the Salish Sea Society, or whatever. Another group, another appropriation, another set of meetings for those who do nothing else to attend.

  4. NOT an e-group, but an fb-group: those on Facebook are welcome to join the group: Living on the Salish Sea. It’s free, it’s non-governmental, and there are no meetings.

  5. I understand why some scientists will find the term convenient when referring to the whole area. I don’t think it will be used by most people as it is likely to cause confusion instead of communication.

    For example, Transient orcas in small pods of 3-7 frequent the Strait of Juan de Fuca and go north into the open waters of the Straits of Georgia, but seldom enter Puget Sound. It is misleading to say only 3 orca pods frequent the Salish Sea, but not so to say only 3 frequent Puget Sound.

    By the same token, if I said I lived on the ‘sea’shore (Salish Sea), people around here would get the concept that I lived on the ocean..certainly not Hood Canal. It would be poor communication on my part even though I’d live on the “Salish Sea”.

    1. Tom,

      As I noted in the story comments, I really don’t see any reason for concern. The prime territory for the Southern Resident killer whales just happens to be the entire Salish Sea. Like you say, I don’t anticipate using the term very often.

      Transient orcas, on the other hand, generally travel everywhere in the Salish Sea plus all the way through British Columbia up to Alaska, as well as down the coast to California. Check out the maps at the bottom of the page on the Cascadia Research site.

      When I talked about the transients that stayed in Hood Canal for eight weeks, I noted that they were generally sighted in Alaska’s Glacier Bay each spring. There is no need to talk about the Salish Sea in these contexts.

  6. So, are they Salish Sea Chinook now? Should the entire population be considered in regard to continued listing under the ESA?

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