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Forgotten Ghost Ships of San Francisco Bay

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A mystery wreck of an early steam tugboat is now home to schools of rockfish, a pair of wolf eels and a giant octopus. It’s one of more than 300 “ghost” shipwrecks being documented by researchers off of San Francisco.

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O’Neill Sea Odyssey – Building Ocean Leaders of Tomorrow

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O’Neill Sea Odyssey was founded in 1996 by wetsuit innovator and surfer Jack O’Neill. A living classroom was created on board a 65-foot catamaran sailing the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Fourth through sixth grade students from schools throughout Central

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Ghost Ships Off California

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Ghost ships! Tales from the deep! The waters along California’s coast form one of the greatest underwater maritime museums in the country. We talk to Robert Schwemmer, West Coast Regional Maritime Heritage Coordinator for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries,

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Exploring Sea Caves in the “Galapagos of the North”

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Happy World Ocean Day! What better time to celebrate the ocean world right off our shores? Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and National Park are called the “Galapagos of the North” for the untamed beauty, variety of wildlife and unique

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Whale Alert App!

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Slow-moving whales are vulnerable to ship strikes since feeding and migration areas overlap with shipping lanes. The public and mariners on the West Coast now can use an app to help decrease the risk of injury or death to whales

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Slowing Ships for Cleaner Air, Safer Whales

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Can reducing ship speeds in the Santa Barbara Channel reduce ship/whale collisions while improving air quality? A new trial program in the Santa Barbara Channel gives cargo ships incentives to slow down to reduce air pollution and increase protection of

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Reducing the Threat of Ship Strikes to Whales

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Ships and whales–we need both! We talk with Michael Carver, Deputy Superintendent of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, to learn about West Coast ship strikes to whales and what national marine sanctuaries are doing to help solve this problem. Find

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109-Year-Old Shipwreck George E. Billings

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Did you know that hundreds of historic ships and aircraft lie beneath the waves off of California’s coast? We talked with Bob Schwemmer, a NOAA maritime archaeologist, whose job is to explore and document shipwrecks like the wreck of a

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West Coast Ship Strikes

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The U. S. West Coast is a critical feeding destination for endangered whales. It’s also home to busy ports and essential shipping lanes. Where whales and ships overlap, there is an increased risk of ship strikes that can cause serious

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America's Cup Healthy Ocean Project: "More Than A Sport"

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Excitement is building as America’s Cup comes to San Francisco in 2012 and 2013. Your Thank You Ocean campaign is proud to support the Healthy Ocean Project, “the embodiment of the America’s Cup commitment to leave a positive social and

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California Coast: Whale World! (Part I)

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One of the best shows of summer can be found right off the California coast with an abundance of whales visiting our shores. Mary Jane Schramm is co-author of the book “West Coast Whale Watching” and is media and public

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