Hijinks on the High Seas

Posted: January 9, 2014  |  By: Natalie St. John [Chinook Observer]

PACIFIC OCEAN — Looking out over the rolling swells of the Columbia Bar on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 9, officer Dan Chadwick strained to find an orange and blue buoy that bobbed at the bottom of a trough of water.

“It’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” Chadwick sighed.

That buoy was just one of more than 400 such “needles” that Chadwick and his fellow Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers needed to find and count before the tide went out around mid-day.

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