Blue Wilderness

Where in the Bay Area might you find both the smallest and the largest animals on the planet? In the ocean waters off our shore, where the upwelling of cold nutrient-rich water feeds a most spectacular gathering of wildlife, from tiny one-celled phytoplankton to 100-foot-long kelp strands to 85-foot-long blue whales. But despite the ocean’s vastness and diversity, it has not escaped the impact of a growing human population along its edge. Fortunately, a tidal wave of action by ocean advocates is now leading to stronger protections for our state’s marine ecosystems.

 

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Diving into Our Ocean Sanctuaries

October 01, 2007 by David Lukas

While living for a while on the Monterey Peninsula, I found myself drawn time and again from the cafes and shops of Pacific Grove down to the waters of Monterey Bay. Sometimes I would just sit on a bench and look for sea otters resting and feeding their pups in the undulating kelp beds. My time in Monterey was a small but privileged window into the wonderful diversity that makes the central coast of California one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world…

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Making Waves for a Healthy Ocean

October 01, 2007 by Marilyn Hope Smulyan

When I stand on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach and look west, it’s difficult for me to comprehend that we humans can have any impact of consequence on a body of water that is so vast, let alone impacts that are life-threatening to marine organisms and, ultimately, to us. But we do. In all likelihood it […]

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Ocean Resources

October 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

I. LEARN MORE A. OUR NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES Encyclopedia of the SanctuariesOnline guide to over 100 marine species from each of the marine sanctuaries in the United States. Includes photos, streaming video, and important biological information for mammals, fish, birds, invertebrates, plants, and reptiles. * CORDELL BANK Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary – Official Site […]

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