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Reporter, journalist and author who has owned and operated a bookstore, a pool and spa full service business, an apple farm, and is now committed to environmental issues.

  • Sad Ending For Rescued Sea Lion Pup

    This report comes from the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.  http://www.marinemammalcenter.org Young Sea Lion Pup Discovered on Richmond Parkway Above: “Moody” the California sea lion pup upon arrival to The Marine Mammal Center. Photos by TMMC. Early Thursday morning around… Read More ›

  • Japan’s “Scientific” Whale Kill At Question

    The International Whaling Committee begins its annual conference May 31, 2009 in Madiera, Portugal. Japan killed over 600 whales this year.  Recently, 200 were killed in the name of scientific study.  This will be a hot topic in Madiera this… Read More ›

  • Saving the Ocean: Overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction and climate change

    A Monterey Bay Aquarium Release Now, at last, the scientific community is speaking with a single voice about the best ways to address the threats and preserve a healthy Pacific. More than 400 leading scientists from nearly two-dozen countries have… Read More ›

  • The Flight of the Plastic Bag

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    Hard to stomach: Scientists were shocked to discover this rubbish inside the gut of a dead minke whale in 2002
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    The minke was found on the Normandy coast. At first, it was assumed she had died of natural causes.
    When her stomach was cut open, scientists were amazed to find nearly two pounds of plastic bags, eaten by mistake as she searched for food.
    The 2lb haul included two plastic bags from English supermarkets, seven transparent plastic bags, and fragments from seven dustbin bags.
    In an ironic twist, one of the bags found in the gut of the dead whale appears to read: “We support good farm animal welfare.”
    Most worrying of all, there was no proper food in her stomach.
    Minkes are among the smallest of the whales and the fastest moving. They can be seen swimming off the coasts of Scotland, Ireland and the South West.
    The females are around 24ft long and weigh between five and ten tons. They can live for up to 60 years.
    Although minkes are not threatened with immediate extinction, whale campaigners are concerned about their numbers. There are thought to be fewer than 184,000 left in the Atlantic.
    Until the 1980s their biggest danger was hunters from Japan, Norway and Iceland. But another major threat has emerged in the plastic debris and rubbish in the seas.
    Minkes feed by sieving huge amounts of water through plates in their mouths. The technique is supposed to catch small fish.
    But as the seas get more polluted, the whales are also swallowing more rubbish.
    The plastic can block their digestive tracts, causing serious internal damage. If the creatures consume enough bags, their stomachs become full, they stop eating and they starve.
    A spokesman for the Marine Conservation Society said the Normandy minke had shocked the scientific world.
    “It is an appalling amount of plastic to find in one female whale,” he said. “It brings home what happens if we allow plastics into the marine environment

  • A Bittersweet Moment at Two Oceans Aquarium

    Frank Bonaccorso recently visited Cape Town, South Africa’s Tow Oceans Aquarium. It inspired his soul, but what awaited him outside, broke his heart.

  • California Central Coast Volunteers Rescue Entangled Marine Life

    The Marine Mammal Rescue and triage center in Morro Bay says about 10-20% of their rescues are from entanglement.

  • Technology, Art & Law Try Scaring Ghost Nets Away

    Technology can track down ghost nets, and artists find ways to recycle the finds, all while global lawmakers outlaw large drift nets. Will these effort resolve this giant environmental challenge?