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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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Get Into Your Sanctuary!

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Kayaking! Diving! Surfing! Wildlife watching! June is the month to explore your national marine sanctuary. Make a splash in the four off California: Greater Farallones, Cordell Bank, Monterey Bay and Channel Islands national marine sanctuaries. Bill Douros, West Coast Regional

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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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Two California National Marine Sanctuaries Doubled in Size!

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NOAA recently announced an exciting milestone: Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries have been expanded to protect more of what is called the “Blue Serengeti” off the California Coast. The sanctuaries are destination feeding areas for

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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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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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Nominations Open for New National Marine Sanctuaries

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Our national marine sanctuaries protect special places in America’s ocean and Great Lakes, and promote responsible and sustainable uses to protect the health of our ocean for future generations. We talk with Matt Brookhart, Chief for Policy and Planning, NOAA’s

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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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California's Whale Trail

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Did you know that more people whale watch from shore than from a boat? But how do you find the best location, and how do you know what you’re looking for? California’s coast offers some of the best whale watching

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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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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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Wonders of the Sea

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Ever wonder what lies beneath the surface of our ocean in California? Prepare to be dazzled by the incredible photographs of our California coast and rich marine life, taken by photographer Marc Shargel. Shargel has dedicated his photography career to

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Central California Marine Protected Areas "On Track" To Help Ocean

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The first major study of California’s marine protected areas shows they are on track to help to improve ocean health. Scientists, fishermen, resource managers and environmentalists gathered recently to share results from the first five years of monitoring in the

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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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Sanctuary Exploration Center

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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center is a state-of-the-art facility designed to foster stewardship of the region’s marine ecosystem. Just steps from the ocean, the two-story, 12,387 square-foot center, located in Santa Cruz’ famed beach area, functions as the

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Life's A Beach!

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We’re celebrating our 100th Thank You Ocean Report podcast in style–beach style! It’s summer, and more people enjoy the beaches than any other time. California’s beaches offer a variety of experiences, from quiet coves to broad expanse of sand to

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California Coast: Whale World! (Part II)

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It’s a spectacular year for whale sightings off the California Coast, with blue whales and humpbacks in abundance. Why are they here in such large numbers, and how can we best experience them? We continue our discussion with Mary Jane

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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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Celebrate the Ocean on World Oceans Day

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World Oceans Day is our planet’s biggest celebration of the ocean, held every June 8. Our guest Bill Mott, Executive Director of The Ocean Project, talks about World Oceans Day 2012 with the theme “Youth: the Next Wave for Change.”

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National Marine Sanctuaries

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America’s ocean treasures are right off our coasts! National marine sanctuaries are special ocean places that have a unique ability to touch people. Thirteen national marine sanctuaries and one marine national monument make up the National Marine Sanctuary System. Four are in

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Using the Power of Film to Protect the Health of the Ocean

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MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s largest independent producer of IMAX theatre films with an extraordinary track record and a new campaign to restore the health of the ocean. For more information, visit: One World One Ocean MacGillivray Freeman Films

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Ocean for Life

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Ocean for Life brings together students of diverse cultures and backgrounds to discover marine science, conservation, and how the ocean connects us all. NOAA’s national marine sanctuaries provide the optimal setting for this unique opportunity to enhance cross-cultural relationships, while

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Seal and Sea Lion Recovery

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There has been a dramatic recovery in seal and sea lion populations around the north Pacific where the animals have found protected places to recover, such as the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Anthropologist Todd J. Braje, Ph.D., Assistant

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Youth: The Next Wave for Change

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June 8 is World Ocean Day and the theme this year is “Youth: the Next Wave for Change.” On this report we introduce MERITO (Multicultural Education for Resource Issues Threatening Oceans), a marine conservation outreach effort comprising approximately twenty-five regional

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Ancient Discoveries in Channel Islands Aid in Marine Management

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Studying archaeological data from 12,000 years ago is helping marine scientists forumlate management strategies. Our guest is Todd J. Braje, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Antropology at Humboldt State University. For more information, visit: University of Oregon/Anthropology/Erlandson webpage Torben C. Rick

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Adventure Swimmer and Ocean Ambassador

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Bruckner Chase is an internationally recognized marathon swimmer and one of only two people to swim across Monterey Bay. Now he is on a quest to connect us with his sport and the ocean he wants us to help protect.

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Explorations Inspiring a Life’s Journey

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Explorer. Environmentalist. Educator. Film Producer. For more than four decades, Jean-Michel Cousteau has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet. For more information, visit:

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Hope Spots

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World renown oceanographer and scientist Sylvia Earle is focusing on places in the ocean that merit special protection such as National Marine Sanctuaries. For more information, visit: The Syvia Earle Alliance-Hope Spots

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In the Wake of Giants

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This story is about the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and an extraordinary film about the people who rescue whales from fishing line entanglement. For more information, visit: Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Akua Films

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A Commitment to Protecting the Ocean

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Marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle has pioneered research on marine ecosystems and has led more than 50 expeditions totaling more than 6,000 hours underwater. On this report she emphasizes the importance of protecting the Ocean. For more information, visit: Mission

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Explore the National Marine Sanctuaries

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This new series of books focuses on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Sanctuaries. Our guest is Jean-Michel Cousteau, the series author. For more information, visit: Explore the National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures

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