The highest tides of the year are on their way.
Captain Dan Krehbiel was steering a water taxi boat from West Seattle on Thursday when he spotted a runaway barge -- a six-story wall of steel containers -- headed at a clipped pace of the Great Wheel and the Seattle Aquarium.
What follows is Krehbiel’s account of what happened.
A huge barge loaded with shipping containers drifted from Terminal 18 on Harbor Island toward Pier 66, home to Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises.
There were many factors that led to the death of Tokitae, the orca taken from Puget Sound waters to live and perform in Miami over the past 50 years. "Old age" is the simplest way to put it.
Tokitae was the last Southern Resident Orca kept in a marine park. She died unexpectedly on August 18 at the Miami Seaquarium.
The Puget Sound area has seen good, moderate, and dangerous air quality in the last few weeks due to wildfire smoke. Last weekend was especially bad, but many people hit the streets and parks anyway.
Whale researchers say the Northwest’s endangered orcas have apparently had a very good year.
The lead veterinarian overseeing the orca known as Tokitae said she's in good clinical condition for her pending relocation from Miami to her native Washington waters.
The lowest tides of the year are coming to Puget Sound starting this weekend.
The Washington Sea Grant is teaming up with Washington State University Extension to counter the rapid increase in the number of green crabs populating Puget Sound.