Well, it’s been awhile!

Today, we begin the start of the shiny, new, weekly podcast that is AquaCast. This is now my full time job, so when I’m not travelling around the sound, I’ll be researching and recording episodes.

This week our featured critter is the Pacific Spotted Ratfish, the mascot of AquaCast, and there’s some news of the sonic variety.

Hope you enjoy, and remember to Keep Swimming!



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Akmajian, A. M., D. M. Lambourn, M. M. Lance, S. Raverty, and J. K. Gaydos. 2012. Mortality related to Spotted Ratfish (Hydrolagus colliei) in Pacific harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) in Washington State. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 48:1057-1062. DOI: 10.7589/2011-12-348. http://www.seadocsociety.org/publication/mortality-related-to-spotted-ratfish-hydrolagus-colliei-in-pacific-harbor-seals-phoca-vitulina-in-washington-state/

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Froese, Ranier, Date Unknown, Fishbase.org. “Hydrologus Colliei / Spotted Ratfish” WWW Database http://www.fishbase.org/summary/HYDROLAGUS-COLLIEI.html

Keenan, Greta. Sept 21, 2016. “Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds.” WWW Publication, New Scientist Magazine. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2106331-fish-recorded-singing-dawn-chorus-on-reefs-just-like-birds/#.WKt-B_ez99A.twitter

Picture courtesy of: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hydrolagus_colliei.jpg#file

porpoiseToday I spent my morning at Washington Park, the crown jewel of the City of Anacortes. Washington Park has an extensive trail system with sweeping vistas of the Rosario Straight and Burrows Bay.

My wife and I found ourselves perched on a rock face some 200-300 feet above the Burrow Straight watching as seagulls wheeled about, boats motored by, and swallows darted back and forth skimming the grass in search of insects. But what held our attention most raptly was in the waters below. A small shoal of Harbor Porpoises were playing in the current below us, with what appeared to be a young one in tow. The three creatures swam through passing boats wakes, wheeled about in corkscrew motions under the water, and even breached the surface, letting their bodies hit the water with a great splash.

It’s one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen, and all I had to do was sit back and watch. I highly recommend that, if in Anacortes, you explore the beaches and vistas of Washington Park. Life abounds, from chitons and crab on the rocky shores, to Harbor Porpoises in the waters beyond and I hope you get a chance to explore it!

Keep swimming!

P.S.: Click here to learn more about the Harbor Porpoise!

Photo Credit: Erik Christensen