September in the San juans
While on recent dives off Lopez Island, we were able to enjoy the company of some of this regions most ominous, yet beautiful creatures. The Steller Sea Lion is one of the most voracious consumers of our beloved and very needed salmon. Since the passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, populations of sea lions, seals, whales, sea otters, walruses and more have stabilized, and in some cases increased. Recently within Puget Sound and the Salish Sea, sea lion numbers have grown so much, these animals have become more than just a nuisance. They are becoming a serious threat to salmon levels, competing with orcas, fishers and others.
Steller Sea Lions on Whale Rock
The stunning beauty below the surface in these waters is amazing as well. We did dives at Long Island Wall on south Lopez Island as well as Secar Rock. The colors and variety of underwater wildlife is astonishing.
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Drew Collins professional underwater photographer and environmentalist living and diving primarily in the beautiful Emerald green waters of Puget Sound near Seattle, Washington.