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May Indoor Meeting Highlights

posted May 28, 2016, 1:46 PM by Ed Gullekson
We were treated by having Jeff Christiansen from Seattle Aquarium talk to us about multiple subjects.  He gave us an update on sea star wasting disease research.  The disease cause is well narrowed to a couple of factors including a virus and some bacteria, with possible relationship to warming water.  The progression of the disease has slowed in the last 6 months.  Jeff said he is "holding his breath" to see how the stars react to local water warming as part of the normal seasonal cycle. If few stars succumb this summer we may be past the worst of this cycle.  Jeff talked about sixgill sharks too. The Aquarium has ended the research they were doing on sixgills for the last 15 years.  Few sharks are showing up in the Puget Sound right now.  It was a fun and interesting conversation with Jeff.

Another topic discussed was that as part of the June indoor meeting we will host an Underwater Photography Workshop.  The details are still being worked out but it will include "classroom" time as part of the meeting on Thursday 6/23, and a dive on the following weekend to try out our new skills and knowledge.  Watch this site and the FaceBook page for details.