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Take photos of Whidbey Island's king tides

Washington’s naturally-occurring extreme high tides began Wednesday, Dec. 12, and the state Department of Ecology invites the public to share their photos of these higher-than-usual winter tides.

King tides are expected in Puget Sound on Dec. 16-19 and Jan. 14-17.

The Department of Ecology suggested following these steps to participate:

Use Ecology’s king tide map and schedule to find when and where the highest tides will occur. Go to www.ecy.wa.gov/

climatechange/ipa_high

tide_map.htm.

Locate a public beach by checking out Ecology’s Coastal Atlas at https://

fortress.wa.gov/ecy/coastal

atlas/.

Take photos during a king tide, preferably where the high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks such as sea walls, jetties, bridge supports or buildings.

Note the date, time and location of the photo, then upload images on the Washington King Tide Photo Initiative Flickr Group at http://www.flickr.com/groups/1611274@N22/.

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