NANFA-- FW: call for volunteers - octopus survey for Seattle Aquarium

Jay DeLong (thirdwind_at_att.net)
Fri, 1 Feb 2002 21:32:53 -0800

THE THIRD PUGET SOUND GIANT OCTOPUS SURVEY!

The Seattle Aquarium will be conducting the third annual survey of
Giant Pacific Octopuses in Puget Sound on Saturday through Monday
February 16-18, 2002 (President's Day weekend). We hope that all
divers in Puget Sound south of Keystone on Whidbey Island and inside
of Deception Pass southward will report any octopus sightings to the
Seattle Aquarium on those days (see contact information below).
Information requested is:
date
time of day,
the exact dive site
exact depth
den information
some indication of size of the octopus (tennis ball, cantaloupe,
basketball, or BIG!)
some indication of where the den is in relation to the entry point
of the dive

(For example: 51 feet deep, 20 yards right of the entry at Octopus
Hole, Hood Canal, in a vertical crack in rock outcrop,
basketball-sized body).

We hope this information can give us some indication of the relative
abundance of octopuses in Puget Sound, and future surveys will give
us an indication of trends in their abundance, whether their
populations are increasing or decreasing.
Information about any and all octopus sightings on that day can be
reported to Dr. Roland Anderson at the Seattle Aquarium:
phone: 206-386-4346
email: roland.anderson_at_ci.seattle.wa.us
fax: 206-386-4328
Possible places to dive at: Alki Pipeline, Seacrest, 4 Mile Rock
Barges, Shilshole Bay Barges, Three Tree Pt., Edmonds Wrecks,
Edmonds Oil Dock, Redondo, Richmond Beach, Blakely Rock and Blakely
Reef, Maury Island Barges, Tacoma Narrows, Titlow Beach, Possession
Pt. Ferry, Day Island, Richmond Pt. Wreck, Sunrise Beach, Keystone,
Langley Tire Reef, Fox Island, Taylor Bay Wrecks, Hoodsport, Sund
Rock, Octopus Hole, Hamma Hamma Wall, Hood Canal Bridge, Saltwater
State Park and others.
Thanks to everyone for participating! Get out and dive on that
weekend!

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