What a strange, difficult and stressful year this has been for all us in some way or another. Each of us has been affected by this years events. I for one cannot wait for the tide to change so we can get on with our work and lives.
My work at 'Made In Puget Sound®' this year got off to a wonderful and promising beginning. I was partnering with a few other prominent non-profit organizations on some important, and in one case, truly unique endeavors.
Hopefully next year or in 2022, I can restart our totally unique live, interactive, underwater classrooms for students in Western Washington and around the world. I worked very hard to build this system. Bringing our vibrant, living underwater world of Puget Sound into your homes and classrooms.
In the meantime, I have been doing other research work in preparation for when things return to some normalcy and safety.
Viewing, photographing and recording on video the creatures of the deep in our local waters is my greatest passion. Hermit Crabs, Red Octopus, Great Sculpins, Moon Jellyfish, Spiny Red Stars and Elegant Coastal Shrimp on Sponges are only a sample of what I see every week.
This year has also exposed vastly increasing levels of toxins and pollutants in our waters. I have reported on, and will continue to research the devastation this is leading to.
Providing accurate information and bringing the colorful, beautiful animals to you and your classrooms is all part of my goals in the years to come.
Drew Collins professional underwater photographer and environmentalist living and diving primarily in the beautiful Emerald green waters of Puget Sound near Seattle, Washington.