Day in the Life of a Living Dissertation

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.

E Seal Juvies Are Testing New Tags!

Nicole Marie Teutschel at Long Marine Lab, Santa Cruz, CA--As adult northern elephant seals are at sea, juveniles dominate the beaches at Año Nuevo. Most TOPP E Seal research focuses on adult animals, this fall there was we partnered with Sean Hayes at NOAA to test some new tagging technology with a biologging study with juvenile E Seals.

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.

Aquarium's White Shark #3 Released

Jane Stevens, at Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, CA - In case you missed it, the white shark at the Monterey Bay Aquarium now lives in the Pacific Ocean again. He swam back into the Pacific yesterday at dawn, and the moment was caught by the aquarium's Tyson Rininger. The shark ended up in the aquarium after entangling in a fisherman's net on August 4, 2007. The fisherman alerted aquarium staff, who put him in a large ocean pen of Malibu, where he showed that he was healthy, and then put him on display at the aquarium on August 28.

White Shark Webcast

Join the first White Shark Webcast at noon, Pacific time, this Friday, Nov. 16. White shark researcher Sal Jorgensen, Monterey Bay Aquarium exhibit curator John O'Sullivan and aquarium storyteller Ken Peterson will answer all your shark questions.

You'll also learn about the dangers that white sharks face in the ocean, and what the aquarium is doing to help.

They'll start with a live audio slide show that features the young white shark who's living in the aquarium's Outer Bay Exhibit, and then open the Webcast to your questions.

After 7,000-Mile Swim, Leatherbacks Return

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

Where There Are Jellies....So Are Leatherbacks!

Scott Benson, from Monterey Bay, CA. Upon returning from Papua Barat, Indonesia, I was happy to find good weather conditions for a local aerial survey.

Upwelling, Relaxation and Jellyfish

Scott Benson, R/V John Martin in Monterey Bay. Last week, our coastal central California study area experienced a significant relaxation event.

It's Leatherback Turtle Season..in California!

It's close to the start of leatherback turtle season off Central California. During the season, we survey the coast between Point Sur and the Russian River.

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