Marine Biology

Bizarre New Shark Species Found In Eastern Pacific By Cal State StudentA new species of shark -- dubbed the Ninja lanternshark -- has been discovered in the central eastern Pacific Ocean near Central America by a Cal State grad student and her professors.
Dungeness Crab Season Threatened By Toxic Algae Bloom Along Pacific CoastThere's a large toxic algae bloom out in the Pacific and fishermen at San Francisco's Pier 45 are worried it could do serious damage to this season's Dungeness crab catch.
Possible Pufferfish Found On Monterey Bay Beach Linked To El NiñoTwo pufferfish may have been spotted on a Monterey Bay beach, far north of their usual range of habitat, according to the Santa Cruz-based conservation group Save Our Shores.
Cluster Of 20 Great White Sharks Spotted Swimming Off Pacifica, SF Ocean BeachA spokeswoman for Gulf of theFarallones National Marine Sanctuary says most of the sharks were between 10 and 15 feet long and a couple of them were about 18 feet long.
Boaters Mapping Floating Garbage Patch In North Pacific Return To San FranciscoVolunteer crews on 30 boats have been measuring the size and mapping the location of tons of plastic waste floating between the West Coast and Hawaii.
Swimmers Warned Of Great White Sharks Off Seacliff State Beach In Santa Cruz CountyIn the past week, up to fifteen young great white sharks have been spotted along the coast off Santa Cruz and signs posted on state beaches are warning people to think twice before getting in the water.
Strengthening El Nino Possibly Linked To More Shark, Exotic Fish Sightings Off California CoastWarmer waters from a building El Nino may one reason for the recent great white shark sightings in Santa Cruz County.
Return Of The Blob! Big Purple Sea Slugs Wash Ashore In East BayBig purple sea slugs are washing up on East Bay beaches this summer to the wonder and curiosity of beach combers and naturalists.
Floating Robot Tech Lets You Track Great White Sharks Swimming Along California Coast In Real TimeFor the first time ever, online and in real time, scientists as well as the public can detect and track the locations of white sharks along California's central coast.
Navy Wants To Place More Sonar-Pinging Buoys Off Coasts Of California, Oregon, WashingtonThe U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates.
Study Shows California Blue Whale Population Has Recovered To Pre-Whaling LevelsNew research suggests there are as many blue whales living off the coast of California as there were before humans started hunting them to near extinction 110 years ago.
Despite Southern California Great White Shark Attack Caught On Tape, Shark Attacks Are DiminishingRecent shark sightings in Southern California, one the ended in an attack on Saturday, is enough of a reason to want to stay dry on shore this summer. But data shows shark attacks are down.

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