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Scuba Diving in Washington
Protecting Marine Habitats

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Mud and Sand
Mud and sand habitats are by far the dominant habitat in the near and offshore environments of Puget Sound.  Though they are flat and seem like deserts, they are more likened to productive grasslands.  These habitats depend upon slow to moderate energy environments—bays with little currents are muddy but as current speeds increase, sand becomes the dominant sediment. Growing and thriving in sand and mud are swarms of clams, worms, and shrimp that get nipped off or gobbled up by all kinds of fish and crabs.  These habitats have unique denizens such as sea pens, relatives of sea anemones and jellyfish, and gobies that live in their own burrows.  Sand and mud flat also support eelgrass beds, and where there’s enough cobbles, understory kelps and seaweeds.

Source materials: 

Kozloff, E.N. 1993.  Seashore life of the northern Pacific Coast.  UW Press.

Mumford, T.F.  2007.  Kelp and eelgrass in Puget Sound.  Puget Sound Nearshore Partnership.  http://www.pugetsoundnearshore.org/technical_papers/kelp.pdf