Rhagoletis basiola (rose hip fly) on introduced Rosa rugosa (rugosa rose) hip. As their common name implies, the larvae of these green eyed fruit flies feed on rose hips (including native Rosa nutkana).
Heading out with a family visiting from China who have never been out on our waters. What a perfect evening to show them the beauty of our coast, and hopefully bonk a few fish! #charterboat#fishing#haidagold
A sandy path between the sea and the hills, bordered by fields, seagulls riding salty drafts, leading to a lighthouse on a hill at the cliff's edge. Probably one of my most favorite casual strolls of all time.
Yesterday, The Whale Museum announced that matriarch K-13 Skagit, a 45 year-old female, was declared missing and is presumed dead. Skagit was the mother of four (K-34 Cali, K-27 Deadhead, K-25 Scoter, and K-20 Spock, whose ages range from 16 - 31 years) and grandmother of two (K-44 Ripple, who is K-27's offspring, and K-38 Comet, who is K-20's offspring). K-13 Skagit's death brings the Southern Resident orcas down to a total of 77 dolphins and is a reminder of our impact on the environment. May she swim in peace.
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Photo of K-13 by the Center for Whale Research.