Posts Tagged ‘Seals’

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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Seal and Sea Lion Recovery

Monday, July 25th, 2011


Elephant seals on the south coast of San Miguel Island (Photo courtesy of Todd J. Braje/Humboldt State University)There has been a dramatic recovery in seal and sea lion populations around the north Pacific where the animals have found protected places to recover, such as the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Anthropologist Todd J. Braje, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Humboldt State University, tells the story. (Photo courtesy of Todd J. Braje/Humboldt State University)

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