OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — It hasn’t been such an easy life for some tiny creatures living in the mud at the bottom Bellingham Bay…. …read more
From: AP Washington News
BELLINGHAM – The tiny critters living in the mud at the bottom of Bellingham Bay are showing signs of stress, according to a recently released report by the Washington Department of Ecology (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1303034.html.)
A bay-wide survey found that the abundance and diversity of sediment-dwelling (benthic) invertebrates like clams, snails, sea stars, crabs and shrimp are unusually low. (See link to pictures under “For more information”, below.)
“This is a strong indicator that the sediment quality in the bay is declining,” said Valerie Partridge, Ecology’s lead author for the report.