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From Bay Nature magazineJuly-September 2016

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How Do Marine Mammals Sleep?

August 22, 2016 by Michael Ellis

How do marine mammals sleep? And is sleep essential for their survival?

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Photographer Tory Kallman Gets His Orca Breach

January 09, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

On a whale watching trip in the Monterey Bay, photographer Tory Kallman witnessed one of nature's great events—an orca in pursuit of lunch. One of the resulting photographs became Bay Nature's January 2014 cover image.

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July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Seaflow works to build an international movement dedicated to protecting humans, whales, dolphins and all marine life from active sonars and other ocean lethal ocean noise pollution through science, creative action, the arts and community participation. Our Sanctuaries Campaign and Vessel Watch Project are working to reduce the environmental threats of large vessels along the California Coast.

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National Marine Mammal Laboratory

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

The National Marine Mammal Laboratory conducts research on marine mammals with particular attention to marine mammals off the coasts of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California.

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Marine Mammal Center

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

The Marine Mammal Center is the premier rescue and rehabilitation organization for marine mammals on the West Coast. The center also conducts research and education programs at their facility in Marin County.

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Bodega Marine Laboratory

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature


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Fur Seals Making a Comeback on the Farallones

October 05, 2011 by Juliet Grable

Recent surveys on the Farallones show that the islands' cute, feisty fur seals continue to make a comeback, more than a century after the West Coast population was hunted nearly to extinction.


Safe Harbor

July 01, 2011 by William Keener

When William Keener got a report of a harbor porpoise inside San Francisco Bay in 2008, he knew this was big news: They had been absent since World War II. Now, Keener's group of researchers has turned the Golden Gate Bridge into a world-class wildlife observatory where anyone can see porpoises in action. Why have they returned? Did Bay cleanup efforts make the difference? While we can't know for sure, we can celebrate this rare case of a large mammal reintroducing itself into its former habitat.


Tracking an Extreme Mammal: Elephant Seals

March 14, 2011 by Juliet Grable

They can plunge to depths of more than a mile and stay submerged for 90 minutes without coming up for air. They can swim up to 14,000 miles a year. The males can weigh over two and a half tons. You could say elephant seals are "Extreme Mammals," record-holders in several categories, including deepest divers. And with new tracking methods, we're learning more than ever about these amazing creatures.

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On the Rocks, with a Pup

February 20, 2009 by Kate Brittain

If you're looking for northern elephant seals, there is no place better to visit than Ano Nuevo State Reserve, home to the world's largest mainland breeding colony.

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