I had an incredible day out on Monterey Bay where I saw my dissertation come to life! I recently finished my thesis at UCSC with Dan Costa and my work focused on top predator hotspots for conservation along the West Coast.
Melinda Fowler from San Nicolas Island, CA -- Being a field researcher can be incredibly challenging. We are still here on San Nicolas Island, attempting to catch the 10 sea lions we deployed satellite tags on back in November. So far, its been a great success - we've caught 6 of the 10 with a week left to go! Still, at times it can be frustrating.
Sara Maxwell at UCSC Long Marine Lab, CA -- Back to San Nicolas Island where Melinda Fowler and her crew are still working hard to catch the sea lions that were satellite tagged last November. In the last blog, I told you how to find your sea lion.
So once you've found the sea lion you are looking for, how do you actually catch it?
Sara Maxwell at UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab, CA--I've just arrived back from a week as part of the first field crew on San Nicolas Island where we were attempting to recapture sea lions satellite tagged back in November. So how do you catch a sea lion? Not unlike how you tag an elephant seal - very carefully!
Jane Stevens, at UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab - On Saturday, Feb. 2, photographer Frans Lanting presents "Albatrosses: Birds of Legend in Times of Trouble" in two shows -- one at 2 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m. -- at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz.
Jane Stevens at UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab, CA - Meet albatross researcher Scott Shaffer at Camp Ocean Pines this weekend! Get up close and personal with this guy, who's traveled to some of the most remote islands on the globe to study sea birds and mammals, take a look at his photos and hear his stories about putting satellite tags on albatross and red-footed boobies in the middle of storms and high winds. He'll bring some amazing things for show-and-tell -- the wing of an albatross, the skull and bill, a chick bolus.
Nicole Teutschel at Año Nuevo State Reserve, CA -- Last Friday's big storm generated huge waves that snatched at least three tiny pups from the sides of their mothers. Flood warnings, thunder and lightning, gale force winds, and even high surf warnings were in effect all over the central coast. Año Nuevo State Reserve was no different. One guest of the park remarked on how the thunder and lightening was cracking literally overhead, the animals were agitated and the rangers deemed the park unsafe for guests and closed the park.
Sal Jorgensen, at Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, CA.-- Here's an updated plot of the juvenile white shark that John O'Sullivan and the team from the Monter
Scott Benson in Monterey Bay, CA. During the late summer and fall, leatherback turtles usually arrive in coastal California waters to feed on schools of jellyfish that mul
Monterey Bay Aquarium shark handlers transferred the 4-foot, 9-inch, 67-pound juvenile male shark from a holding pen off Malibu to the Outer Bay tank.