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Humpbacks Make Rare Near-Shore Visit in Santa Cruz

November 01, 2011 by Paul Hagey

A pod of humpback whales, about two or three families, adults with a few calves, have been dazzling whale-watchers since about October 18, as they feed in Monterrey Bay about a quarter of a mile from Santa Cruz Harbor. Calm waters, warm weather and an abundance of food like sardines, anchovies and other baitfish have produced the ideal whale visit.

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A Container Caper in Monterey Bay

October 01, 2011 by Aleta George

On a stormy winter night in 2004, as the merchant ship Med Taipei plowed southbound off the coast of Monterey in 20- to 30-foot swells, 15 shipping containers slid into the sea. Such occurrences aren't especially newsworthy--an estimated 10,000 containers are lost every year worldwide. But these containers are now part of an important research project.

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New Efforts to Track and Predict Harmful Marine Algae

October 01, 2010 by Aleta George

Nearly every year for a decade, scientists have detected harmful algae blooms in Monterey Bay. These threaten birds and marine mammals alike, and now researchers have funding to develop new methods of predicting the outbreaks.

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Don’t Miss the Summertime Blues!

August 11, 2010 by Melanie Jones

This summer has been a great year for whale watching in Monterey Bay. The giant blues showed up early and have stuck around, making for daily sightings of these amazing animals. Humpbacks are lunge-feeding and breaching. At the heart of it all? The humble krill...

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Large-Mouthed Shark Gets Attention in Monterey

July 09, 2010 by Amos Hausman-Rogers

Some unwitting humans are bobbing in the water off the coast of California. A gigantic shark, 30 feet long, rises from the depths of the dark ocean. The shark slowly approaches the people, and then ...

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Studying Underwater Mountains in Monterey Bay

January 01, 2010 by Aleta George

The remarkable Davidson Sea Mount has gained new protections as part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This and other nearby seamounts attract spectacularly diverse sea life.

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Monterey Birding Festival

July 01, 2008 by Aleta George

Summer in the Bay Area can last well into late September, but by then many birds that overwinter here have ...

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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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Holy Mola!

October 01, 2007 by Jessica Taekman

Weighing in at almost 5,000 pounds, measuring over ten feet across, infested with scores of parasites, carrying more eggs than any other vertebrate, and shaped like a giant dinner plate, the giant ocean sunfish (Mola mola) is a creature defined by superlatives.

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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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