Bay pipefish Syngnathus leptorhynchus
The bay pipefish is generally a nearshore species, though sometimes it
is found in shallow offshore water. It camouflages itself in eelgrass
beds (where it looks like a strand of eelgrass) and in patches of other
seaweed in bays and estuaries. It can also be found hanging around
wharves and floating freely in tidelines. Its range stretches from Sitka
Alaska to southern Baja California... Pipefish and seahorses belong to
the same family. For all species of this family, the female transfers
eggs to the males brood pouch, located under the tail, and the male
cares for the developing young. (Biodiversity of the Central Coast)
Canadian natural-gas flow to Washington resumes, but PSE maintains conservation warning
Western Washington utilities told their customers Thursday they can
return to normal use of hot water and electricity after a shortage of
Canadian natural gas that they rely on was resolved. The disruption to
garbage collection also ended. Natural gas resumed pumping into
Washington from Canada early Thursday, having been halted since Tuesday
by a pipeline rupture near Prince George, British Columbia, according to
Puget Sound Energy, Washington’s biggest private energy utility
company. Cascade Natural Gas, another company impacted by the stoppage,
said Thursday morning that its customers no longer needed to curtail
their usage, according to an emailed statement. Paige Cornwell reports.
(Seattle Times) See also: 'Is this gonna blow up?' Fear, questions from B.C. First Nation after pipeline explosion Andrew Kurjata reports. (CBC)
Supreme Court rules Ottawa has no duty to consult with Indigenous people before drafting laws
Canada's lawmakers do not have a duty to consult with Indigenous people
before introducing legislation that might affect constitutionally
protected Indigenous and treaty rights, the Supreme Court ruled
Thursday. The decision will be welcomed by the federal government, which
has argued such an obligation would be far too onerous and slow down
the legislative process considerably. In its 7-2 decision, the top court
has ruled against the Mikisew Cree First Nation in Alberta, which had
argued that two omnibus budget bills introduced by the former
Conservative federal government in 2012 affected its constitutionally
protected treaty rights because they amended regulatory protections for
waterways and the environment. John Paul Tasker reports. (CBC)
Can these super oysters survive our screwed-up oceans?
Thanks to us, the famously delicious oysters of the Pacific Northwest
are in danger. The CO2 and methane we release into the atmosphere ends
up acidifying the ocean — which makes it difficult for oysters and other
shelled sea creatures to calcify the homes they carry on their backs.
But at the NOAA Research Station in Manchester, Washington, marine
biologist Joth Davis of Pacific Hybreed is helping oysters fight back by
selectively breeding varieties that are resistant to ocean
acidification and other threats. Basically, he's growing super oysters.
To get there, Davis raises millions of oyster larvae (a single mother
can produce 100 million eggs at a time) from dirt-like specks to
super-shelled adults in specialized tanks and eventually the open ocean.
The experiment is ongoing, but the hope is that genetically resistant
oysters can eventually overcome ocean acidification, disease or any
other doomsday threat we can throw at them. Sarah Hoffman reports.
How to Write About a Vanishing World
Scientists chronicling ecological destruction must confront the loss of
their life’s work and our planet’s riches. Elizabeth Kolbert reports.
Now, your weekend tug weather--
West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-
227 AM PDT Fri Oct 12 2018
W wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 2 ft. SW swell 3 ft
at 4 seconds. Widespread fog with visibilities below one quarter
mile this morning.
W wind to 10 kt becoming E after midnight. Wind waves
1 ft or less. W swell 1 ft at 5 seconds building to 6 ft at
5 seconds after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight.
SE wind 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. W swell 6 ft at
7 seconds. Patchy fog in the morning.
E wind to 10 kt. Wind waves 1 ft or less. W swell
4 ft at 6 seconds.
SE wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 2 ft. SW swell 4 ft at
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