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Crazy Days of Summer Ocean Fun!

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Summer and ocean fun go together. Whether it’s in the ocean, at an aquarium, or at home reading a book, the ocean and its critters provide entertainment, fascination, and just plain fun! We talk with Claire Fackler, National Education Liaison

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Posted in Environmental Education, Ocean Photography, Surfing

O’Neill Sea Odyssey – Building Ocean Leaders of Tomorrow

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O’Neill Sea Odyssey was founded in 1996 by wetsuit innovator and surfer Jack O’Neill. A living classroom was created on board a 65-foot catamaran sailing the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Fourth through sixth grade students from schools throughout Central

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Posted in Boating, Environmental Education, Ways to Help the Ocean

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

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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

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Posted in Marine Protected Areas, National Marine Sanctuaries, Ocean Health

109-Year-Old Shipwreck George E. Billings

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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

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Posted in Boating, National Marine Sanctuaries

David Helvarg’s The Golden Shore

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What discoveries shocked author and Blue Frontier president David Helvarg while writing The Golden Shore? What would surprise you about California and its environmental history? We talked with David about The Golden Shore: California’s Love Affair with the Sea, the

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Posted in Ocean Health, Ways to Help the Ocean

Jean-Michel Cousteau: Orcas

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“The ruler of the ocean,” orcas are one of the ocean’s most fascinating inhabitants. Found along California’s coast and within national marine sanctuaries, the largest species of the dolphin family is often called “killer whale.” We talk with Jean-Michel Cousteau,

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Posted in Marine Animals

Capturing the Beauty of California’s Ocean and Coast

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The beauty, mystery, excitement, wildlife and lifestyle of California’s Ocean and Coast are captured in this montage of spectacular photos representing some of the winning images from the 14th Annual California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest. We talk with

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Posted in Ocean Photography

BLUE Ocean Film Festival: September in Monterey

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September 24-30, filmmakers, photographers, scientists, explorers, entertainment executives and the general public, will gather in Monterey at BLUE to honor the best in ocean filmmaking, to learn more about the issues facing our ocean, and to collaborate on improving the

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Posted in Ocean Photography, Ways to Help the Ocean

Life’s A Beach!

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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

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Posted in Marine Animals, National Marine Sanctuaries, Ocean Photography

BLUEMiND: The Ocean and Your Mind

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BLUEMiND is a look at the Ocean through neuroscience, linking studies of the mind and ocean. Summit founder Wallace J. Nichols talks about BLUEMiND questions: why the Ocean makes us happy, why we are drawn to the ocean, and what’s

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Posted in Ocean Health, Ways to Help the Ocean

Help Give Sharks a Fighting Chance – Winner of the Thank You Ocean Favorite Podcast Contest!

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In celebration of our upcoming 100th Thank You Ocean Report podcast, we launched a contest that let our supporters and fans select their favorite podcast. The winner: sharks! The Project AWARE Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization working with divers

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Posted in Marine Animals, Marine Debris

Ocean Acidification

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What is this threat and how can it affect our ocean world? What does it mean for organisms such as sea urchins? Dr. Gretchen Hofmann, Professor of Marine Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara, discusses her work with

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Posted in Climate Change, Ocean Health

Earth Day’s Big Blue Marble

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On Earth Day, we often see the NASA photo from space of Earth as a Big Blue Marble, but what makes it blue? The ocean! We talked with Wallace J. Nichols about BlueMarbles.org, the global movement inspired by the Earth

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Posted in Ocean Health, Ocean Photography, Ways to Help the Ocean

California King Tides Initiative: Glimpses into the Future of Rising Sea Levels

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King Tides are the highest predicted high tides of the year.  Combined with winter storm events, these high water levels can show us how rising sea levels due to climate change might impact our communities in the future.  The California

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Posted in Climate Change, Ocean Photography

California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest: Seeing our Watery World Through a Lens

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Over 1,400 photos were submitted to the 13th Annual California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest, sponsored by the Thank You Ocean campaign, the California Coastal Commission, and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts of California! Brian Friedman, the Judges’ First Place Winner,

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Posted in Ocean Photography

Using the Power of Film to Protect the Health of the Ocean

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MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s largest independent producer of IMAX theatre films with an extraordinary track record and a new campaign to restore the health of the ocean. For more information, visit: One World One Ocean MacGillivray Freeman Films

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Posted in National Marine Sanctuaries, Ways to Help the Ocean

Engaging the Public, Protecting the Coast, and Capturing the Moment

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The California Coastal Commission Public Education Program engages the public in coastal protection and restoration activities and increases the public’s understanding about California’s marine resources. Sylvie Lee, Public Education Program Coordinator, tells us about the Coastal Commission’s many outreach programs

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Posted in Ocean Photography, Ways to Help the Ocean