Marine Biology

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.
Shark Attack Victim Recounts His Bloody Encounter With A Great White Off SoCal BeachA 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.
Biologists Use Marine Mammals To Map Toxins On California CoastCalifornia marine scientists are collecting samples from sea mammals around the state in an effort to create a map of toxic hot spots.
UC Santa Cruz Reports Record Deaths Of West Coast StarfishMarine 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.
Rare Weedy Seadragons Hatched At Monterey Bay AquariumA brood of weedy seadragon babies finished hatching last week at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, aquarium officials said.