KQED-TV's QUEST Features TOPP

Jane Stevens, in Berkeley, CA - Check out "Tagging of Pacific Predators" on KQED-TV's QUEST!

Chamomile's Out to Sea

Jane Stevens at UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab -- Remember that cute black-coat elephant seal that was rescued on January 11? He was released earlier this month, with two other elephant seals, into his new habitat: the Pacific Ocean.

Humboldt Squid Taking Over?

Jane Stevens at Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, CA -- Will giant Humboldt squid take over Northern California's fisheries? It's a question that the producers at KQED-TV's QUEST asked squid researcher Bill Gilly in a terrific segment that will air tomorrow, Tuesday, April 1.

While We're on a White Shark Streak...

Jane Stevens at Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, CA - In case you missed seeing this video of the baby white shark who was released from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, it's worth taking a look. He ate salmon steaks -- "restaurant quality" -- which were suspended from a pole by a thread. That diet helped him grow 13 inches in the six months he lived at the aquarium. Here's the link to the video.

Just Call THIS White Shark "Streak"

Jane Stevens at Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, CA - Faster than a speeding squid, the Monterey Bay Aquarium's young white shark blasted south when he was released on Feb. 5. In just 44 days, he "made it safely past fishing grounds on the Pacific coast of California and the Baja Peninsula, rounded Cabo San Lucas and is heading toward the Mexican mainland," according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

A Yakutat Shark-Tag Tale

Jane Stevens at Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, CA - Geoff Widdows is the first person to tell you that another name for Yakutat, Alaska, in the winter is Deadsville. So when Aaron Carlisle, a graduate student who studies salmon sharks sent an email to all (five) of Yakutat's charter boat captains to ask them to go on a treasure hunt for a satellite tag that would win one lucky guy $1,000, you'd think that they would've been scrambling all over each other for a chance at a little excitement.

Flat Joe Visits E-Seal Lab

Jane Stevens at UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab - In yesterday's post, turtle researcher George Shillinger chronicled his travels with Flat Ava and Flat Joe, who came to visit the TOPP labs. Flat Ava hung out with George. Flat Joe traveled with James Ganong. They're part of the Flat Stanleys Project. James is one of TOPP's ace computer programmers. He's the genius behind the animated maps that you see on the home page and species pages.

E-Seal Cam: It's a First!

Jane Stevens at UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab -- With luck, this female elephant seal will head out to sea soon, and, in about three months, bring back the first video of an elephant seal eating.....squid? ratfish? shark? Researchers know that elephant seals eat these, because they've found tiny remnants of these species in their stomachs. But they don't know where they're eating, or how often, or exactly what species.

Elephant Seal Love

Jane Stevens at UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab -- Valentine's Day isn't just for humans. During this Valentine's Day week, the love hormones of elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Reserve are raging.

The females migrated from the far reaches of the North Pacific Ocean late last year, and began hitting the beaches in late December. Most of them arrived in January. A few days after they arrived, they gave birth to their pups.

Slimy Squid Science

Jane Stevens, at Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, CA - Last weekend, slimy squid. This weekend, leatherback turtles. At Camp Ocean Pines, the winter lecture series comes to successful close with turtle researcher George Shillinger.

Last weekend, Hopkins' squid researcher Bill Gilly brought Humboldt squid to Camp Ocean Pines, and folks attending the workshop had a unique opportunity for a hands-on experience!

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