UC Researchers Find North Coast Kelp Forest Nearly Wiped OutSatellite imagery shows that the kelp forest that only eight years ago formed a leafy canopy along the Northern California coast has almost disappeared.
Decades-Old Pollution Linked to Cancer in California Sea LionsA team of marine mammal pathology experts examining two decades of data have determined the likely causes of a mysterious cancer killing sea lions include DDT and other legacy toxins dumped into the sea years ago.
Study: State Sea Otter Population Could Boom If Relocated Into San Francisco BaySea otter populations could boom in the San Francisco Bay if the otters were to get a boost from humans and were relocated into the bay waters, according to a new marine biology study.
Whale Breachings Off Monterey Coast Possibly Linked To Hollister QuakeA whale-watching tour out of Moss Landing captured some amazing photographs of unusual behavior by a pod of humpback whales in the immediate aftermath of Tuesday's magnitude 4.7 earthquake centered in Southern Monterey County.
Pacific Ocean Heat Wave Threatens West Coast Marine LifeFederal scientists said Thursday they are monitoring a new ocean heat wave off the West Coast, a development that could badly disrupt marine life including salmon, whales and sea lions.
Fed Agency Asks for Private Beach Property to Let Dead Whales Rot in PeaceAt least 81 gray whale corpses have washed ashore in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska since Jan. 1 and scientists have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so they can rot in peace.
Study Shows Boats Anchored by Sausalito Cause Significant Harm to Bay EcosystemAccording to a study by Audubon California, the illegal mooring of private boats has caused significant damage to the seafloor habitat of Richardson Bay.
Dead Gray Whale Discovered At San Francisco's Ocean BeachThe carcass of a gray whale was discovered washed ashore Monday on San Francisco's Ocean Beach -- the ninth such discovery on Bay Area beaches this year.
Scientists Issue Dire Warning On Ocean Health At SF Climate SummitScientists met at an ocean summit in San Francisco Thursday morning to discuss the effects of climate change on marine habitats in the region.
Possible New Species of Killer Whale Found Off Coast of ChileAn international team of researchers says they found a couple dozen distinctly-different orcas roaming in the oceans off southern Chile. Scientists think they may represent a new species.
Scuba-Diving Santa Plunges Into Holiday Spirit at California Academy of SciencesThe California Academy of Sciences launched its holiday festivities Thursday by having a scuba diver dressed as St. Nick submerge into a coral reef exhibit while dozens of children watched from behind the glass.
Tsunami Carries Exotic Japanese Fish Across Pacific To MontereyScuba divers in Monterey Bay have made a surprising discovery: an exotic warm water fish, native to the coast of Japan, surviving in the chilly waters.
Boogie Boarder Dies After Shark Attack Off Cape CodA man boogie boarding off a Cape Cod beach was attacked by a shark on Saturday and later died, becoming the state's first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years.
UC Researchers Discover Plant-Eating SharkUC Irvine researchers said they have found a shark that enjoys a side of seagrass with its prey.
Trump Administration Agrees to Humpback Whale ProtectionsIn a settlement with environmental groups, the Trump administration has agreed to designate critical Pacific Ocean habitat for endangered humpback whales.