By Charmaine Coimbra This year I’ve been up close and personal with marine entanglement. A near-handful of northern elephant seals that hauled out to molt at Piedras Blancas, where I volunteer as a docent, arrived with strapping bands around their necks. If the straps… Read More ›
Plastics and marine mammals
Editor’s Note: Before reading another dismal report on the conditions our ocean’s face, some communities are trying to stop one use plastics within their communites, such as this report from Surfrider Foundation: Supermarkets, pharmacies and certain retail stores in Long… Read More ›
It’s ironic that the northern elephant seal’s worst nightmare was the human mammal–not its natural predators the great white shark and orca. In the 1800s oil hunters slaughtered nearly the entire northern elephant seal population…
If he skips entanglement, then our garbage still threatens him. Last year, a necropsy on a near-adult gray (so it wasn’t Skippy) discovered 20 plastic bags, small towels, surgical gloves, sweat pants, plastic pieces, duct tape, and a golf ball in its stomach.
Dominos. It’s like 150 years of stacked dominoes collapsing in four directions from Rugby, North Dakota, North America’s geographical center and from every geographical center of every continent on Planet Earth—with the final dominos landing in every sea that touches every continent. Collapsing dominos. That’s how I envision the condition of our seas today.
Our oceans provide every other breath that we take. Healthy oceans are essential to our overall well-being, but they are in crisis and frantically dial 911.
California sea otters are cute, entertaining, and still not out of the kelp (or woods) as far as their environmental well-being goes. In other words, this species remains ”threatened” on the Endangered Species list after a recent census …