Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese

Lolita and the Treatment of Captive Animals

zkillerLolita is the name of an Orca whale who is currently residing in a Florida Aquarium after being captured in the Puget Sound by whale hunters 44 years ago. The government is now pushing to have Lolita retroactively protected under the Endangered Species Act and returned to Washington waters, giving her the same protection that killer whales in the Puget Sound have today. Continue reading

What to do with the Giant Pacific Octopus

giant_octopusXAs reported by The New York Times, Seattle has recently faced a debate regarding  the the Giant Pacific Octopus, the question being: to eat or not to eat. The controversy was sparked last Halloween, when Maple Valley resident Dylan Mayer dove from Alki Beach into the Puget Sound and combated with a GPO, eventually killing it and dragging it ashore and into his truck. Continue reading

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Harbor Porpoises Return to Puget Sound

porpoisesSound the seashell trumpets! As reported by the Seattle Times (in a great article worth checking out), Harbor Porpoises are once again populating the Puget Sound in numbers after a decades-long absence. Last common in the 40’s and 50’s, possible reasons for their disappearance include industrial pollution, vessel noise, and entanglement in gill nets, which researchers say might have driven the porpoises further north. But it now appears that these troublesome conditions have reduced enough for them to return, and they’ve become a common sight once again. This is something of an environmental victory for the city, giving cause to deem Seattle’s pollution cleanup efforts effective. Continue reading