West Seattle Blog... » Seen at sea http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:54:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle whale watching: Look for orcas tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-whale-watching-look-for-orcas-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-whale-watching-look-for-orcas-tomorrow/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:56:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289459 Late in the day, orcas were back in the area, first time since last Friday’s throng, heading south – thanks to @sudsymaggie for tweeting the report! – so if you’re by the water tomorrow, keep watch, and please let us know (text/call 206-293-6302) if you see them. Even though weather made the viewing tougher, orca lovers were somewhat balmed, after the sadness of last night’s report that the Southern Resident Killer Whales’ first baby in two years is missing and presumed dead.

Unlike most of their counterparts, the southern residents subsist on fish, and they are here looking for chum salmon; as of last weekend, the run didn’t yet appear to be plentiful – Guy Smith on Alki Point sent a photo of a purse seiner that he said didn’t seem to be hauling much in on Sunday night (though apparently it did net some fish before departing Monday morning).

Also regarding the chum, our friends at the Kitsap Sun have published this update about how things are looking across the water.

WEDNESDAY MORNING: A sighting was reported from the Bainbridge ferry just after 7 am, by a commenter on the Orca Network FB page, a few orcas headed toward the southwest. Weather’s awfully murky today but conditions can change quickly, so …

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Puget Sound orcas’ first baby in 2 years missing, presumed dead http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/puget-sound-orcas-first-baby-in-2-years-missing-and-presumed-dead/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/puget-sound-orcas-first-baby-in-2-years-missing-and-presumed-dead/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:45:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289374

(Photo by Carrie Sapp)
After the Southern Resident Killer Whales came through last Friday, the experts noticed someone missing in other regional sightings – baby L120, first calf born to the local orcas in two years. No one wanted to announce her death until word came from orca experts – and now it has, shared in a news release via Orca Network:

The Center for Whale Research has confirmed that baby L120, only about seven weeks old and the third known offspring of a 23-year old Southern Resident orca known as L86, was not with his or her mother when she and other members of L pod were photographed recently in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research said, “L86 was seen and photographed on Friday, Saturday, and Monday, all without L120.”

L120 was the first newborn Southern Resident offspring seen since August 2012. In February of that year the the body of L86′s second offspring, 3-year old female L112, washed up at Long Beach Wash. with indications of death by severe acoustic trauma.

Research conducted in recent years has shown that Southern Resident orcas depend almost entirely on chinook salmon for sustenance, with a diet of chum salmon during fall months when chinook are especially scarce.

This orca clan has suffered episodic food deficiency for many decades, as chinook salmon runs were depleted by habitat destruction, excessive harvest and dams from Alaska to California. They were also routinely shot at for decades and over 50 were captured or killed for theme parks during the 1960s and 70s, followed by wanton disposal of persistent toxins into Puget Sound that continue to impair fetal development and immune responses, especially when the whales can’t find sufficient food.

“We haven’t treated these magnificent orcas well at all. As a society we are not successfully restoring this orca community despite the many warnings and legal declarations. Our challenge is clear: bountiful salmon runs must be restored and protected or we won’t see Resident orcas in the Salish Sea in coming years.” said Howard Garrett of Orca Network.

The loss of her second baby must be especially traumatic for L86, but knowing this young orca will never grow up and reproduce is painful for all who care about this precariously dwindling extended family. Now down to only 78 members, the Southern Resident community is at or below their numbers in 2001 when alarms rang with such intensity that they were eventually listed as endangered under the ESA in 2005.

Is it time to take more dramatic protection measures? As previously announced, one proposal will be the topic of The Whale Trail‘s next Orca Talk in West Seattle, October 30th – details here.

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VIDEO, PHOTOS: Orcas swim past West Seattle whale-watchers http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-whale-watching-orcas-back-in-the-area/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-whale-watching-orcas-back-in-the-area/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:59:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288935

(Starting at :15 in, you’ll see some whales – sorry for the shakiness, very long zoom!)
8:59 AM: If you’re anywhere near the water today, keep watch for orcas! Just before nightfall Thursday, the Orca Network had southbound sightings in the north Sound – first sightings that far south in quite a while. Then this morning around 7:30 am, according to West Seattleite Jeff Hogan from Killer Whale Tales, sightings were reported off Vashon Island – still southbound, but at some point, they will have to head back this way, so we’re sharing the alert. If you see whales, please let us know (text/voice 206-293-6302 is our breaking-news hotline, and this qualifies); we’ll update with any reports.

9:40 AM: Still southbound, south of us, per this ON commenter – off Point Robinson on Maury Island (across Puget Sound from Des Moines) about 20 minutes ago.

10:44 AM: Now at least some of the whales are reported to have turned and headed northbound.

12:14 PM: Jeff just texted to say that whales believed to be from all three resident pods are “trending northbound” past Three Tree Point south of West Seattle.

(Added: Photo by Greg Snyder)
1:28 PM: In view! Passing Blake Island.

1:58 PM: The research boat is visible off Blake Island – binoculars definitely needed – if you are near Me-Kwa-Mooks on Beach Drive as we are now. Some whales are ahead of it, some behind.

5:38 PM: Continuing to add visuals from today’s sightings as we get them. Above and (added) below, photos by Gary Jones, as the orcas passed Alki Lighthouse.

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Protected zone for orcas? Find out about it at The Whale Trail’s upcoming Orca Talk http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/protected-zone-for-orcas-find-out-about-it-at-the-whale-trails-upcoming-orca-talk/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/protected-zone-for-orcas-find-out-about-it-at-the-whale-trails-upcoming-orca-talk/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:04:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288799

Here’s word of the first presentation in a new series of Orca Talks presented by West Seattle-headquartered The Whale Trail: You’ll hear about the proposal for “A Protected Zone for Puget Sound Orcas,” 7 pm Thursday, October 30th at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). From TWT executive director Donna Sandstrom:

The Southern Resident Killer Whales are endangered and seriously declining; their 2014 population of 79 is the lowest since 1985. To aid their recovery, Orca Relief is urging NOAA Fisheries to conduct a public process that will result in a Whale Protection Zone for the SRKWs.

A well designed and enforced WPZ would provide the Southern Resident Orca a safe-haven in the very core of their critical habitat, and a relief from vessel impacts including noise, disturbance and air pollution. Bruce Stedman, Executive Director of Orca Relief, will describe the key aspects of how a protected area for the Orca should be developed and how it could help the SRKWs begin to recover.

Join us to hear the latest about the orcas, and updates from Robin Lindsay (Seal Sitters), and “Diver Laura” James (tox-ick.org).

These talks are usually sellouts – get your ticket(s) ASAP online, $5 suggested donation, kids free. C & P is at 5612 California SW.

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Video: Seen off West Seattle shores, ‘Beneath a Dark Sea’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/video-seen-off-west-seattle-shores-beneath-a-dark-sea/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/video-seen-off-west-seattle-shores-beneath-a-dark-sea/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 03:01:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287850

Last time we featured undersea video from “Diver Laura” James – observing a curious octopus – we heard clamors for more. Laura has obliged, inviting us to share the clip you see above, which she titled “Beneath a Dark Sea.” Yes, these are local waters – Cove 2, right off Seacrest.

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Video: Late-night octopus-watching off West Seattle’s shore http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/video-late-night-octopus-watching-off-west-seattles-shore/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/video-late-night-octopus-watching-off-west-seattles-shore/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:55:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287170 Thank you, as always, to “Diver Laura” James for sharing another view of what you won’t see unless you’re a diver too. From her dive last night off Seacrest, an unedited stretch of octopus-watching:

Un-cut octopus footage from 9/28 from Laura James on Vimeo.

Along with the link, Laura wrote: “We spent almost 10 minutes with this amazing beautiful creature before we had to leave because of depth, time and air constraints (though I would have happily spent all night). It turns out my buddy swam right over the well-camouflaged octopus and was checking out the den of another octopus looking to see if there were any eggs (none to be found so far). You can see me signal him by bobbing my lights. The octopus gets curious and decides it wants to come check me out (I’m actually swimming backwards in some of the video) until my dive buddy comes over and then it decides to do something even more entertaining. Upon noticing my dive buddy, it ceases advancing on me and for lack of a better descriptive, turns around and starts sneaking up on my buddy. You can actually see it hunkering down and hiding behind the log, then it squeezes under the log and boo! Octopus! It does not appear upset in any of the interactions, more curious and checking things out. It does get upset later on when it tries to invade the den of a second octopus and gets into a bit of a wrestling match.” P.S. Interesting Giant Pacific Octopus info and trivia here.

P.S. On a much-smaller scale – remember Laura’s iPhone-microscope plankton-watching? She has agreed to join us in the WSB booth at the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival four weeks from today, so you can bring your kid(s) by to have a look at the tiny creatures that fill our seas. The Harvest Festival is set for 10 am-2 pm Sunday, October 26th.

ADDED 3:42 PM: Laura just sent an edited video with a “potpourri of critters” from the dive, so we’re adding it:

Potpourri of Critters from Laura James on Vimeo.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Arrest on the water; missing fire pit; burglary http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-arrest-on-the-water-missing-fire-pit/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-arrest-on-the-water-missing-fire-pit/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:34:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285730 West Seattle Crime Watch notes:

TROUBLE AT SEA: Thanks to Wendy (who sent that photo), Erin, and Lynn for mentioning police activity on the water and on land off the Don Armeni/Anchor (Luna) Park area around sunset tonight. After hearing via the scanner that police were going to tow a boat downtown, we headed over in hopes of asking shoreside officers what was going on, but we just missed them. Via e-mail, we did get some information from Southwest Precinct Lt. Paul Leung, who says it involved “a disturbance between a male and a female. Officers boarded the boat. The female retracted her story but the male was arrested for several outstanding DV [domestic violence] warrants.”

MISSING FIRE PIT: James, near Lincoln Park, says the fire pit used for neighborhood gatherings all summer is suddenly missing.

(Saturday), my family and I went to Alki for lunch and then ran some errands. We’re sure the fire pit was out front when we left, but now it’s not. It was close to the street, but didn’t have a ‘Free’ sign or anything on it. I’d like to see if a nearby neighbor picked it up wondering if it was indeed abandoned. We live on a block with very light traffic (46th Ave SW between Kenyon & Austin) and don’t see many cars that don’t live close. It disappeared between noon and 4:30 on Saturday (yesterday).

The fire pit is black iron. The base is up on legs, and the fire is in a tray surrounded by an iron lattice. It’s probably 3 feet long on its longer side, and 2 feet wide. Can you see if anyone in the neighborhood took it thinking we were giving it away? No harm no foul if we get it back.

It has been reported to police just in case it WASN’T a mistake.

ADDED 1 AM – SUNDAY BURGLARY: Just missed a phone call from someone who reported being burglarized in Belvidere Sunday, coming home to find their home on 37th SW “trashed,” including jewelry left behind that didn’t belong to them.

P.S. No West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting this month, but WSCPC says it will reconvene in October (10/21, 7 pm, at the precinct).

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Puget Sound orcas welcome first new baby in two years http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/puget-sound-orcas-welcome-first-new-baby-in-two-years/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/puget-sound-orcas-welcome-first-new-baby-in-two-years/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 03:49:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284833

(L-pod orcas – file photo, shared here in 2009 by Jeff Hogan of Killer Whale Tales)
Just a week ago, the Kitsap Sun reported that Puget Sound’s orcas, the Southern Resident Killer Whales, were down to their lowest population level in almost 30 years, after two deaths this year, and no new births in two years. Tonight, some good news: The Center for Whale Research, which had reported the population down to 78, says it’s up to 79, with a new baby spotted in L Pod, same pod that had the last SRKW birth in 2012. In a Facebook post, CWR says the baby, to be known as L120, was with L86. You can see a photo on Orca Network‘s FB page.

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Followup: See underwater video from ROVs’ morning at Seacrest http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/followup-see-underwater-video-from-rovs-morning-at-seacrest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/followup-see-underwater-video-from-rovs-morning-at-seacrest/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:54:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284051

“Diver Laura” James promised video from her morning at Seacrest with two ROVs (and friends) – and she’s delivered. The clip above includes some footage of the unfortunately not-recovering-yet local sea stars, as well as showing how an ROV gets around.

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Photos: ‘Diver Laura’ and friends’ Seacrest morning with ROVs http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/photos-diver-laura-and-friends-seacrest-morning-with-rovs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/photos-diver-laura-and-friends-seacrest-morning-with-rovs/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:17:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283858

(Top photo by Laura James; other photos by Rachel Chaimson)
On Wednesday morning, the divers at Seacrest weren’t all human: As previewed here, “Diver Laura” James and friends went in with ROVs, to check on the sick-sea-star situation, among other missions. Laura sent a report and photos:

The day started by picking up the trash can that had been knocked over the night before:

Pretty gross. (Thanks to the kind gentleman who offered me a wet-wipe afterward.) Now on to the ROV’s :) They show up in BIG yellow boxes – seen here with National Geographic Young Explorer Erika Bergman, who is currently working on the OpenExplorer platform, and OpenROV summer intern Christine Spiten from Norway:

The event was well documented by myself and another West Seattle shooter, Micah O’Keiley, and his snazzy camera (he’s helping me do a promo video for Diver Laura and Kids program stuff, for which I am AMAZINGLY grateful).

Video up in the next day or so. They are very cute – this one even has a shark fin!

Then it was time for me to get in the water with the little critters:

They were waiting impatiently:

Good dive! Vis was a bit murky, and the baby mottled stars that were abundant a few weeks ago are now sparse. There is wasting disease ongoing, with arms from moderately-sized mottled stars lying around at regular intervals.

All too soon it was time to pack up and head home:

As noted in Wednesday’s daily preview, Laura is working on her own OpenROV, and promises advance notice of explorations, so you can check it out in person.

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From Alki to Bainbridge and back: 2014 Great Cross-Sound Race http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/from-alki-to-bainbridge-and-back-2014-great-cross-sound-race/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/from-alki-to-bainbridge-and-back-2014-great-cross-sound-race/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:56:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283419

It took 52 minutes and 9 seconds for those four rowers to make the 7-mile round trip between Alki and Bainbridge during Sound Rowers’ Great Cross-Sound Race this morning. Their quad was listed as entry #1, and that’s where they finished. In second at 53:40, Megan Yount and Bruce Rolfe:

Finishing third and fourth, Evan Jacobs (multiple past winner) in 54:10 (right) and Robert Meenk in 54:31:

No immediate rest at race’s end:

Full list of the almost three dozen entrants and their finishing order is here.

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Video: Who’s in the water? iPhone ‘microscope’ shows you Puget Sound creatures you’d never see otherwise http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/video-whos-in-the-water-iphone-microscope-shows-you-puget-sound-creatures-youd-never-see-otherwise/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/video-whos-in-the-water-iphone-microscope-shows-you-puget-sound-creatures-youd-never-see-otherwise/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:38:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282974

From the ever-creative “Diver Laura” James … a new idea for looking at who and what are in Puget Sound. She says it’s simple as pie to turn an iPhone into a microscope that’ll show you plankton and other micro-organisms in Puget Sound.

And there’s a reason she hopes you’ll look at the videos she’s creating with this rig, even if you don’t try to replicate it yourself:

My goal with these videos is to help show that every drop of our precious Puget Sound is alive, and when we pollute it, the stormwater is not going into just water, but flowing into and poisoning the homes of the foundation of our food web, and a nursery for so many baby critters that it boggles the mind.

See more of the plankton here:

And check out Laura’s YouTube playlist. She says she’s working on a “key” to help plankton viewers know exactly what they’re seeing, too.

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WSF side note: About the ferries at Vigor on Harbor Island http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/wsf-side-note-about-the-ferries-at-vigor-on-harbor-island/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/wsf-side-note-about-the-ferries-at-vigor-on-harbor-island/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:46:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282830

With this weekend’s Washington State Ferries woes – Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth is still running two boats because the un-mothballed M/V Evergreen State remains out of service – some have wondered about the status of ferries in view at Vigor on Harbor Island. The one in the foreground of our photo above is the 130-car M/V Kitsap, a 34-year-old ferry that is at Vigor until late September for $5 million worth of scheduled work, including painting and galley modifications. In the background at right is the M/V Yakima, in for about $310,000 of maintenance scheduled to last another week. The third ferry you might glimpse at Vigor is still being built, the 144-car M/V Samish, expected to go into service next year.

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Port seeks to sell cranes at West Seattle’s closed, empty Terminal 5 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/port-seeks-to-sell-cranes-at-west-seattles-closed-empty-terminal-5/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/port-seeks-to-sell-cranes-at-west-seattles-closed-empty-terminal-5/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:54:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282644

(Terminal 5, photographed today from SE Admiral area)
Three weeks after the last cargo ship called at now-closed Port of Seattle Terminal 5 in West Seattle, the resulting stretch of empty space continues to catch attention, and we’re still getting questions about why it’s empty. In short, if you missed previous stories: The port closed it and plans to “modernize” it to handle the huge new ships that are coming on line in the cargo industry, though it has not finalized plans for how to fund the full nine-digit price tag that project will cost.

Today, a new development – the Port Commission will be asked for approval next Tuesday to sell Terminal 5′s six cranes, which it says would have to be replaced anyway. The item on the agenda for next week’s commission meeting includes a memo that also surfaces a timeline for the modernization project, saying, “The objective of this effort is to design and build a facility capable of handling two EEE class vessels by mid-2018.” The cranes that Port management wants to sell were purchased in the 1980s, and appraised as worth up to $3.75 million, according to the memo, which adds, “With the direction to modernize Terminal 5, and as there are no other open Port terminals where the cranes could be utilized, it is desirable to sell the cranes while they are fully functional and have current certifications.” It also warns that the market for used cranes is “slow” and that if they don’t sell within six months, staff will come back to the commission to “obtain authorization to dispose of them in accordance with Port procedures, including paying to have the cranes dismantled and scrapped.”

The commission’s Tuesday meeting is at noon at Port headquarters (2711 Alaskan Way) and includes one other item related in part to modernization – authorization of $1.5 million to cover half the cost of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on possibly deepening its west and east waterways to accommodate larger ships.

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West Seattle scene: Preparing to paddle across the bay to downtown rally http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-preparing-to-paddle-across-the-bay-to-downtown-rally/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-preparing-to-paddle-across-the-bay-to-downtown-rally/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:03:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282218

Thanks to Anne for the photo from Don Armeni Boat Ramp, where canoe paddlers are launching a trip across Elliott Bay to participate later this morning in a rally to show concern about environmental risks from increased oil/coal-carrying train/ship traffic in our region.
(Added 12:57 pm: Tweet with photo of Blue Heron Canoe‘s arrival:)

(back to earlier report) We received this announcement about that rally late last night:

(Today) at 11 am a ‘Protect Our Salish Sea’ rally will begin with a traditional Northwest Coastal canoe landing and kayak flotilla at the beach below the Olympic Sculpture Park, which is a traditional sacred gathering place of the Coast Salish Nations. The rally will include speakers such as Freddy Lane and Laverne Lane of the Lummi Nation, a traditional welcoming and protocol by Ken Workman of the Duwamish Tribe, Mike Evans of the Snohomish Tribe leading a traditional canoe ‘Paddle to Seattle,’ activists Carlo Voli of 350 Seattle, and Bill Moyer of Backbone Campaign. This is a family-friendly event that will include an inter-tribal jam session, a Water Blessing ceremony, and will be immediately followed by a procession to the tracks for a symbolic blockade of the BNSF Railroad at Alaskan and Broad Street in Seattle.

The Salish Sea has sustained all of life in the area for millennia. Natives and non-natives are unified to protect it from plans to despoil it to create a fossil fuel corridor to Asia. We stand together in opposition to the coal terminals being proposed for Longview and on the Great Lummi Nation’s sacred burial ground. We are unified in opposition to the huge increase in coal trains and oil trains filled with explosive Bakken oil or dirty tar sands bitumen, and pipelines in BC that will increase the risk from catastrophic tanker spills passing through Washington State. “These are unacceptable and unfathomable risks to our health, land, water, and all of life in the Salish Sea, and only increases our resolve to protect this sacred place for each other, and future generations,” says Sweetwater Nannauck, organizer of Idle No More Washington.

This rally reflects an unprecedented unity that exists in our communities along with growing momentum for future unified action. It is organized by Idle No More Washington, Backbone Campaign, Protect the Sacred, and 350 Seattle.

Two weeks ago, part of an oil-carrying train derailed in Interbay, and though nothing spilled, it spotlighted ongoing concerns about an increase in risk from oil/coal-carrying trains coming through the area.

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