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California Sea Otters

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Everyone loves sea otters — they’re entertaining, interesting, and just so darned cute! But there’s a lot we might not know about these marine animals who populate our coastal areas. Sea otters are an “indicator species” for environmental health, and

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Elephant Seals: Back from the Brink

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Hunted nearly to extinction in the 1800’s, California’s elephant seals have made a remarkable comeback and are now protected by the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act. One of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for the northern elephant

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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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Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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Stranded sea lions and dramatic rescue operations have been in the news more than ever in California. Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals stranded along the Orange County

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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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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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Help Give Sharks a Fighting Chance – Winner of the Thank You Ocean Favorite Podcast Contest!

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In celebration of our upcoming 100th Thank You Ocean Report podcast, we launched a contest that let our supporters and fans select their favorite podcast. The winner: sharks! The Project AWARE Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization working with divers

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Wallace "J" Nichols: Sea Turtles and Citizen Science

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Sea turtles are fascinating iconic symbols of the ocean. All species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered, and they connect us with many of the environmental challenges facing the ocean. We talk with Wallace “J” Nichols, research associate at

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Enjoy-But Do Not Disturb-Coastal Wildlife

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While we enjoy observing coastal wildlife, it’s important to avoid disturbing them. Our guest Mary Jane Schramm, Media and Public Outreach Specialist with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, says failing to be respectful and cautious when encountering

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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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Tide Pool Treasures

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California’s rocky intertidal shores are dotted with tide pools. Filled with water at high tide and exposed to air at low tide, tide pools are home to a variety of sea life. Pat Krug, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at

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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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Pacific Marine Mammals

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The warmer waters of an El Nino can cause fish to move to colder waters removing the food that sea lions need to survive. This report focuses on the impact of an El Nino on marine mammals. Kelli Lewis, Education

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