marine life

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photo/Chris Jordan

The majority of the plastic pollution in the ocean, by volume, comes in the form of tiny confetti-sized particles, which, as anyone who's ever kept a pet fish can attest, resemble fish food.

And fish are fooled as well.

5 Unexpected Ways Climate Change Will Impact The Northwest

Nov 12, 2013
EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

The hairy woodpecker may need more living space. Sea levels are rising. And reduced snowpacks are storing less water for the hydropower dams on the Columbia River. 

Courtesy Vancouver Aquarium

Scientists in two nations are on the lookout for an underwater epidemic that is killing starfish. 

In September, divers in Vancouver Harbour and Howe Sound near Vancouver, British Columbia, noticed the pizza-sized starfish known as sunflower stars wasting away and dying in large numbers.

Octopuses' Gardens: State Designates 7 No-Hunt Spots

Oct 7, 2013
KUOW Photo/Meghan Walker

When a 19-year-old man lured a giant Pacific octopus from its lair off Alki Beach in West Seattle last year – legally, it turned out – a small group of activists were aghast that the charismatic cephalopod wasn’t protected.

Of all the creatures in the sea, one of the most majestic and mysterious is the whale shark. It's the biggest shark there is, 30 feet or more in length and weighing in at around 10 tons.

Among the mysteries is where this mighty fish migrates and where it gives birth. Now scientists have completed the biggest study ever of whale sharks, and they think they have some answers to those questions.

This Week In Fish

Aug 12, 2013
Flickr Photo/Ingrid Taylar

An eight-foot-long sturgeon was found dead in Lake Washington two weeks ago. That same weekend, a fisherman caught an exotic piranha-like fish in a lake near Marysville. What do these fishy events have to do with each other? Turns out they tell a story about marine conservation. Ross Reynolds talks with Tim Essington, an associate professor in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington.

When Jellyfish Attack!

Jun 24, 2013
Flickr Photo/by and by

  With summer officially upon us, swimmers will soon head to beaches all over the Pacific Northwest. But swimmers might find their usual watering holes more dangerous this year. Large clusters of jellyfish are becoming increasingly common. Some scientists blame climate change for the large jellyfish blooms. What are the threats to swimmers and the environment? Timothy Essington, an associate professor of aquatic and fishery sciences at the University of Washington, talked with David Hyde about it.

Aqqa Rosing-Asvid / Flickr

The blue whale is believed to be the largest animal ever to exist. But nobody remembers number two. Fin whales are the second-largest animals on the planet, weighing in at around 80 tons.