Morning on the water in Deer Harbor. The smoke from wildfires on California has drifted up to Orcas Island.
As one of the traps came to the surface, I heard Sachi say, “Whoa!” in a tone that was part surprise and part anxiety. It looked as though an alien had entered the trap. It was a bright orange sunflower sea star with 19 arms and we weren’t sure what to do.