Editor’s Note: Another unusual rash of marine mammals have beached themselves requiring rescue operations along the Pacific coastline. Along the north coast of California, the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, reports 429 pinniped rescues as of early May 2014,… Read More ›
By Charmaine Coimbra Citizens along the Central Coast of California have joined forces to halt the proposed seismic testing in the ocean waters that lap up against the Diablo Nuclear Plant, as reported in a recent Neptune 911 post. The… Read More ›
Opinion by Charmaine Coimbra Neptune 911’s mission is to bring information about the oceans to the everyday-person—persons like me. It’s goal is to help us understand how what we do affect the ocean’s well being and that an unhealthy ocean… Read More ›
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 ›
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…
Sure enough, before January 25, 2011, a young pup separated from its mother, managed to survive in the water, and washed up several miles south of the rookery–assuming this is where the pup was born.