Dead plainfin midshipmen at Sund Rock

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Re: Dead plainfin midshipmen at Sund Rock

Postby derekcs » Wed May 31, 2017 6:48 pm

Greg Jensen wrote:It's typical for a bunch of them to die off this time of year, following reproduction. Main thing that draws so many bald eagles to Seabeck, to scavenge them.


I did see a bald eagle swoop down onto a rock along the south wall between dives. Thanks for the explanation!
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Re: Dead plainfin midshipmen at Sund Rock

Postby Greg Jensen » Tue May 30, 2017 11:21 pm

It's typical for a bunch of them to die off this time of year, following reproduction. Main thing that draws so many bald eagles to Seabeck, to scavenge them.

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Re: Dead plainfin midshipmen at Sund Rock

Postby Jeremy » Tue May 30, 2017 10:03 pm

Odd, I saw a dead one floating midwater in the shallows at Redondo last Thursday too

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Dead plainfin midshipmen at Sund Rock

Postby derekcs » Tue May 30, 2017 9:44 pm

At Sund Rock yesterday, I found quite a few dead plainfin midshipmen in various states of decay/being eaten laying out in the open. It struck me as very unusual. Has anyone ever seen a bunch of them dead like that? Is it an early sign of another low oxygen event? Do other critters not find them very appetizing?

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