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From Indonesia to California – Protecting Pacific Leatherback Turtles

October 13, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Did you know the Pacific leatherback turtle is California's official marine reptile? Nesting in Indonesia then migrating to Californian waters to feast on jellyfish, this elusive species is a truly global traveler. But with threats both in the Pacific and on their nesting beaches, the leatherback turtle may not be around for that much longer.


Bat Rays in San Francisco Bay

May 15, 2012 by Joe Eaton

What’s the cutest fish in the sea? To some biologists, it’s the bat ray, which cruises along the floor of local bays and estuaries, chomping on clams and other creatures. Maybe it’s time to make bottom-feeder a term of endearment! Springtime is breeding time for these friendly fish.

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High tech robots may launch new era in ocean exploration

November 18, 2011 by Alison Hawkes

Four surfboard-sized vehicles set sail off the coast of the San Francisco Bay on Thursday in an attempt to break world records in ocean exploration and robotics. The “wave gliders” will, if successful, traverse the longest distance of any unmanned ocean craft as they cross the Pacific Ocean.

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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 ...

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What Are Marine Protected Areas?

October 01, 2007 by Marilyn Hope Smulyan

MPAs are designated areas along and off the coast, within the three-mile limit of state waters, intended to protect critical ...

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A Moveable Feast

July 01, 2007 by Kathleen M. Wong

Fog rolling over Twin Peaks may not seem like a boon for salmon, sea lions, and blue whales, but it is. Coastal upwelling is the phenomenon that brings nutrient-rich colder water to the ocean surface just off our coast most every spring and summer, and that means fog for us and plenty of food for everything from phytoplankton to humpback whales.

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The Simple Life of a Sailor

April 01, 2007 by Michael Stocker

Usually around late April, following spring storms, Northern California beaches are littered with something that looks like gobs of purple-tinted slimy cellophane.

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Book Review: Wave-Swept Shore: The Rigors of Life on a Rocky Coast

October 01, 2006 by Dan Rademacher

Wave-Swept Shore: The Rigors of Life on a Rocky Coast, text by Mimi Koehl, Photographs by Anne Wertheim Rosenfeld, UC ...

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California Ocean Protection Act

April 01, 2005 by Christine Sculati

In response to a landmark state ocean bill signed into law last year, top state agencies are taking aggressive steps ...

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Monterey Bay Aquarium’s New Ocean’s Edge Exhibits

April 01, 2005 by Christine Sculati

If you want to get acquainted with some local marine life, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s new Ocean’s Edge exhibits, ...

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