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The woman in the lighthouse

Marine monitors protect sea creatures from construction work


Last updated 12/18/2019 at 11:45am

Madeline Coats

Bridget Macchione uses heavy-duty binoculars to see across the water and look out for protected species during ferry terminal construction.

Residents have expressed concern after seeing a person wandering around the Mukilteo Lighthouse lately. Yes, there has been someone inside the lighthouse. No, it is not an intruder.

Her name is Bridget Macchione, and she is a marine mammal monitor. She uses the elevation of the lighthouse to look for protected species in the water during construction of the new Mukilteo Multimodal Ferry Terminal project.

"Every now and then, someone notices that I'm standing here," she said. "It's pretty obvious when someone is up here."

Macchione is there to monitor the water when crews are pile-driving an...

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