Blog Archives

Creatures of the Deep

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Monsters? Spaceships? Aliens? No, these are Creatures of the Deep! These strange, odd and fascinating animals live in the waters off our shores, in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and beyond. We speak with Dr. George Matsumoto, Senior Education and

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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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How Blue is Your Mind?

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We know that people will pay more for an ocean view, but did you know that water actually makes you more creative? That a walk along the coast helps you be more connected? We talk with Wallace J. Nichols, the

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Children’s Songs from the Sea: Banana Slug String Band

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An ocean of fun! The Banana Slug String Band is committed to educational entertainment for children and families through interactive music and performance. Their Only One Ocean CD is 14 rockin’ songs designed to inspire young people and their families

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You Can Be an Ocean Warrior!

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Enjoy getting outside in nature? Do you want to make a difference and help the ocean and marine wildlife? We talk with Dana Roeber Murray, Senior Coastal Policy Manager and Marine Scientist for Heal the Bay, who tells us about

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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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Big Blue LIVE

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The magnificent marine life of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary — gigantic whales, leaping dolphins, soaring seabirds, lively sea lions and playful sea otters — will be the stars of Big Blue LIVE, presented this month by BBC and PBS.

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Don’t Trash the Beach!

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California’s beaches mean summer fun and beautiful views. The beach is a great place for recreation and relaxation…alone, or with family and friends. We all need to do our part to protect our beaches and coastline. In this report, we

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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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Extreme Drought UPDATE!

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California’s record-breaking drought continues, and we all need to take action. For the first time in history, Governor Brown has ordered mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California. We speak with John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources,

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Ocean and Coastal Photo Contest Winners

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The power of a breaching whale, the luminous mystery of Morro Bay at sunrise, the quiet drama of a surfing memorial and a startling seafloor surprise—all are captured by photographers in the 16th Annual Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest.

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California King Tides: “Snap the Shore, See the Future”

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What will happen to our coastline with sea level rise and how will it impact your community? You can help answer these questions through snapping photos during California’s “King Tides”–the highest tides of the year. We talk with Sara Aminzadeh,

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Guardians of the Ocean

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Want to make a difference in your community? Are you passionate about the ocean and conservation? Follow the lead of local California students in Ocean Guardian Schools who have made a commitment to protecting the ocean and preserving local watersheds.

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California's "Next Generation" of Ocean Leaders

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Where will California’s future ocean scientists and policy experts come from? We talk with Shauna Oh, Associate Director of California Sea Grant, about the California Sea Grant State Fellowship Program where fellows acquire “on the job” experience at various state

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Extreme Drought

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California is experiencing record-breaking drought and we all need to take action. Governor Brown has urged us to reduce our water consumption by 20%. We speak with John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources, about this issue and what long-term

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Ocean Protection Through Action

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What does a seafloor map look like, and who uses one? How does California use Marine Protected Areas as underwater laboratories? In this Thank You Ocean Report, we continue our conversation with Cat Kuhlman, the California Ocean Protection Council’s Executive

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Protecting California's Ocean

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The California coast is breathtakingly beautiful and also plays a vital part in our economy. With almost 70% of California’s citizens living in coastal communities, the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) helps to ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive

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Take The Tour!

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Come see what your Thank You Ocean Campaign is all about! This short, fun-filled report will take you on a tour of the campaign, and show you how to make the most of the thankyouocean.org website, information, links and materials.

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Ocean for Life

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Can the ocean strengthen global relationships among different cultures? We think so. Ocean for Life brings together high school students of diverse backgrounds and cultures to discover marine science, conservation, and how the ocean connects us all. We talk to

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Yesterday's Ocean

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Where have all the abalone gone? Travel back in time to see what our ocean and coasts were like 100 years ago! You will be amazed at how abundant our ocean once was. Photographer Marc Shargel’s new e-book “Yesterday’s Ocean”

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Should We Fear Red Tides?

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Why did your grandfather tell you to only eat shellfish during months that contained an “r”? This advice that we now know to be myth, comes from the fear of contaminated shellfish from harmful algal blooms (HABs). We talk with

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Crazy Days of Summer Ocean Fun!

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Summer and ocean fun go together. Whether it’s in the ocean, at an aquarium, or at home reading a book, the ocean and its critters provide entertainment, fascination, and just plain fun! We talk with Claire Fackler, National Education Liaison

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