Marine Biology

Shark Warning

Swimmers Warned Of Great White Sharks Off Seacliff State Beach In Santa Cruz County

In 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.

07/03/2015

Great White Shark (Getty Images)

Strengthening El Nino Possibly Linked To More Shark, Exotic Fish Sightings Off California Coast

Warmer waters from a building El Nino may one reason for the recent great white shark sightings in Santa Cruz County.

07/02/2015

Sea Hare

Return Of The Blob! Big Purple Sea Slugs Wash Ashore In East Bay

Big purple sea slugs are washing up on East Bay beaches this summer to the wonder and curiosity of beach combers and naturalists.

06/12/2015

A Great White Shark swims in Shark Alley near Dyer Island on July 8, 2010 in Gansbaai, South Africa. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Floating Robot Tech Lets You Track Great White Sharks Swimming Along California Coast In Real Time

For 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.

01/29/2015

Navy Sonobuoy

Navy Wants To Place More Sonar-Pinging Buoys Off Coasts Of California, Oregon, Washington

The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates.

01/25/2015

A blue whale breaches the surface. (NOAA)

Study Shows California Blue Whale Population Has Recovered To Pre-Whaling Levels

New 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.

09/06/2014

A Great White Shark (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Despite Southern California Great White Shark Attack Caught On Tape, Shark Attacks Are Diminishing

Recent 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.

07/07/2014

Steven Robles

Shark Attack Victim Recounts His Bloody Encounter With A Great White Off SoCal Beach

A man who was attacked by a great white shark off a Southern California beach is describing how quickly a routine swim turned into a bloody nightmare.

07/06/2014

Marine Mammal Center volunteers feed an elephant seal pup (CBS)

Biologists Use Marine Mammals To Map Toxins On California Coast

California marine scientists are collecting samples from sea mammals around the state in an effort to create a map of toxic hot spots.

01/05/2014

Sea Stars

UC Santa Cruz Reports Record Deaths Of West Coast Starfish

Marine scientists are finding a large number of dead starfish along the West Coast stricken with a disease that causes the creatures to lose their arms and disintegrate.

11/03/2013

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