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An illustration of the longfin sculpin (Jordania zonope)

In total, 253 fish species have been recorded in the Salish Sea, and that’s about 14 percent more than in the last count.

A deep-sea anglerfish

You thought you had a quirky feature? You’ve got nothing on these fish!

Photo of a Northern Rubber Boa snake

Northern Rubber Boas can also be found in Idaho, western Wyoming, central Montana, northern Nevada and Utah.

Rocky Mountain Tailed Frog

Rocky Mountain Tailed Frogs are found in the Blue Mountains of eastern Washington state.

Photo of Northwestern Salamander

Northwestern salamander larvae and terrestrial adults are mildly poisonous, which generally allows them to survive alongside predators.

Duwamish River in 1906

For millennia, the Duwamish River sustained a diverse ecosystem before experiencing a dramatic transformation wrought by human engineering.

Kéet Ooxú (Killer Whale Teeth) (left, far right): Shgen George, Tlingit, 2014

Connections to older artworks often provide the spark that keeps Native artists inspired in today's growing art scene. 

Himantolophus stewarti described by Ted as new to science in 2011.

That’s a face only a mother could love!… Or maybe a scientist.

Youth in Kodiak, Alaska, hold the model angyaats they built with curator Sven Haakanson

After nearly a century of silence, Kodiak youth and adults learn how to build a traditional model Angyaat.

Camas by US Forest Service Northern Region.

Plants were an integral part of the Coast Salish diets prior to Euro-American colonization but also played central roles in social systems.

Curator Sven Haakanson cleans a bear intestine

Referencing Burke collections to reverse-engineer how this material was made and used in the past so it can be used again in the present.

golden king crab

Study finds egg masses of snailfishes deposited inside the gill cavity of North Pacific king crabs using molecular techniques.

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