Archive for the ‘National Marine Sanctuaries’ Category

California’s Whale Trail

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Did you know that more people whale watch from shore than from a boat? But how do you find the best location, and how do you know what you’re looking for? California’s coast offers some of the best whale watching in the world, and now it’s part of the “Whale Trail.” We talk with Bill Douros, regional director for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, about this series of coastal sites where people can view whales and other marine mammals from shore. The Whale Trail is designed to raise awareness of marine waters, connect visitors to marine life, inspire stewardship, and promote land-based whale watching.

Everyday Action: Visit a coastal Whale Trail location, your local aquarium or National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center to learn about California’s whales.

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Elephant Seals: Back from the Brink

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Hunted nearly to extinction in the 1800′s, California’s elephant seals have made a remarkable comeback and are now protected by the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act. One of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for the northern elephant seals is in California at Año Nuevo State Park, adjacent to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We talk with Terry Kiser, Año Nuevo State Park superintendent, about these fascinating marine mammals and what we can do to help protect them.

Everyday Action: Get out and enjoy the beautiful coast and ocean. Respect your local marine life. Tread lightly, or not at all, on tide pools and rocky shore habitats, and keep your distance from marine animals as you can disturb their feeding or resting.

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Reducing the Threat of Ship Strikes to Whales

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Ships and whales–we need both! We talk with Michael Carver, Deputy Superintendent of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, to learn about West Coast ship strikes to whales and what national marine sanctuaries are doing to help solve this problem. Find out how a new whale spotter app is engaging mariners to help!

Everyday Action: Go out on whale watching tours to view and learn about these magnificent creatures and enjoy your national marine sanctuary. Report injured, entangled and ship struck whale concerns to the 24-hour hotline: 877-SOS-WHALE.

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Take The Tour!

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Come see what your Thank You Ocean Campaign is all about! This short, fun-filled report will take you on a tour of the campaign, and show you how to make the most of the website, information, links and materials. You’ll quickly learn how to access the Thank You Ocean Report podcasts, sign up for the newsletter, join Facebook, follow on Twitter, and get the latest news, events, and other exciting stories about our ocean. Watch, listen, learn and be a part of the campaign!

Everyday Action: Visit for things you can do to thank the ocean, “Like” TYO on Facebook, follow TYO on Twitter, and subscribe to Thank You Ocean Report podcasts.

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Wonders of the Sea

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Ever wonder what lies beneath the surface of our ocean in California? Prepare to be dazzled by the incredible photographs of our California coast and rich marine life, taken by photographer Marc Shargel. Shargel has dedicated his photography career to documenting marine life in California, exploring and bringing to life the rich history of California’s coast and ocean. Through his colorful images, he hopes to communicate the beauty of our ocean and motivate others to preserve it.

Everyday Action: Go out, explore, and learn about your local MPAs—you can dive, tidepool, kayak, and just enjoy these areas. Become a citizen scientist and help monitor MPAs. And don’t forget to dive into the Pacific Ocean with Marc by checking out his photo books, filled with some of California’s incredible sea life.

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Central California Marine Protected Areas “On Track” To Help Ocean

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The first major study of California’s marine protected areas shows they are on track to help to improve ocean health. Scientists, fishermen, resource managers and environmentalists gathered recently to share results from the first five years of monitoring in the Central Coast region. We spoke with Liz Whiteman, Director of the MPA Monitoring Enterprise program at California Ocean Science Trust, who says monitoring is showing promising results for marine life and the ocean economy.

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109-Year-Old Shipwreck George E. Billings

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Did you know that hundreds of historic ships and aircraft lie beneath the waves off of California’s coast? We talked with Bob Schwemmer, a NOAA maritime archaeologist, whose job is to explore and document shipwrecks like the wreck of a 109-year-old schooner discovered on the ocean floor. The George E. Billings once hauled timber in the early 1900s from the West Coast to Hawaii and Latin America. Bob tells us how it was found last year after two decades of searching in NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. And there’s more to the story!

Everyday Action: Get out and enjoy the ocean, and learn more about shipwrecks that lie just off our coast!

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Sanctuary Exploration Center

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center is a state-of-the-art facility designed to foster stewardship of the region’s marine ecosystem. Just steps from the ocean, the two-story, 12,387 square-foot center, located in Santa Cruz’ famed beach area, functions as the sanctuary’s premier interpretive facility. Our guest, Lisa Uttal, Sanctuary Exploration Center Interim Director, describes how interactive exhibits connect people with the water, geology, ecosystems, and the extraordinary diversity of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Exhibits include the Exploration Theater, a walk through a kelp forest, intertidal touchpool, open-ocean mini-theater and a replica deep-sea canyon with a remotely operated vehicle.

Life’s A Beach!

Monday, July 30th, 2012

We’re celebrating our 100th Thank You Ocean Report podcast in style–beach style! It’s summer, and more people enjoy the beaches than any other time. California’s beaches offer a variety of experiences, from quiet coves to broad expanse of sand to rocky crashing waves. You’re a part of the celebration as Thank You Ocean fans share some of their favorite beaches in a video montage ended with a summer beach message in English and Spanish. Here’s to 100 Thank You Ocean Reports and we look forward to hundreds more! Thanks for the support!

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California Coast: Whale World! (Part II)

Monday, July 16th, 2012

It’s a spectacular year for whale sightings off the California Coast, with blue whales and humpbacks in abundance. Why are they here in such large numbers, and how can we best experience them? We continue our discussion with Mary Jane Schramm, media and public outreach specialist for Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Find out what we can do to help whales survive—and thrive—for future generations of avid whale watchers.

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