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Pokémon GO players, please don’t take drifters from the ocean. THEY ARE NOT POKÉBALLS.

Love it or hate it, Pokémon Go is undeniably a phenomenon. Although we here at DSN previously warned of the perils of Poké hunting in the ocean, some Pokémon trainers have not heeded our warning. According to scientists at UCSB, some rather enthusiastic players spotted what they thought was a Pokéball floating in the ocean near Isla Vista, […]

Giant kelp blades go with the flow: in our exhibit,...

Giant kelp blades go with the flow: in our exhibit, they’re ruffled and rugged to renew the water slowly pulsing over them. But in places with strong currents, these ridges are removed in favor of a sleek and slippery blade to weather the storms. Happy Seaweed Sunday!

7-18-16 Orca Action on the West Side Again!

Monday, July 18th...bald eagles at American Camp...this was from July 17th...had come down here looking for the L12s who had been spending many days along the lower end of the island...this bald eagle nest is in a great location (easy...Show More Summary

noaasanctuaries: Male ruby brittle stars sit atop a brain coral...

noaasanctuaries: Male ruby brittle stars sit atop a brain coral in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, not long before a mass coral spawning event in the sanctuary. Every year, 7-10 days after the August full moon, the reef-building...Show More Summary

laughingsquid: Incredibly Rare Underwater Footage of a Deep Sea...

laughingsquid: Incredibly Rare Underwater Footage of a Deep Sea Squid Giving Birth to Glowing Babies

noaasanctuaries: We hope your weekend is swell! Here, a group...

noaasanctuaries: We hope your weekend is swell! Here, a group of northern fur seals haul out on San Miguel Island in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Behind them, a swell caused by 2014’s Tropical Storm Douglas moves in toward the beach. These fur seals didn’t seem to mind the sea breeze and big waves.  (Photo: Kristin Wilkinson) 

The sea pig is a porky-looking sea cucumber that lives on the...

The sea pig is a porky-looking sea cucumber that lives on the deep sea floor. It walks along the mud using “legs” that inflate and deflate with water like a car dealership tubeman! For more of the mysterious deep-sea life of the Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon, check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) Deep Sea Guide!

7-16-16 When One Meets His First Whale

Saturday, July 16th...J Pod and some L Pod whales were on the west side and stayed down island foraging all day long...and goofing around too......in the afternoon with the Residents out of view from shore and hearing of some transients...Show More Summary

Don’t short change sand dollars—life in the sand bank is...

Don’t short change sand dollars—life in the sand bank is bustling with activity!

The Mexican government has permanently banned the use of...

The Mexican government has permanently banned the use of gillnets in the vaquitas’ range! Thank you to everyone who added their voice to support this important step toward protecting the world’s most endangered marine mammal. How members of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums worked together to help protect vaquitas 

Point Lobos State Marine Reserve was the first marine reserve in...

Point Lobos State Marine Reserve was the first marine reserve in the United States. Since 1960, the residents of its protected kelp forests have thrived in an underwater Yosemite. Point Lobos joined the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in 1992, then the nation’s largest such “blue park”. Show More Summary

Think your parents are tough? Try being a sea turtle

Think your parents are tough? Try being a sea turtle: Put your science hat on and dig into new research from our Director of Science, Dr. Kyle Van Houtan, exploring how natural and human-caused climate factors affect loggerhead turtle hatchlings year to year.

There once was a bird in a fit, whose feathers were garbled in...

There once was a bird in a fit,  whose feathers were garbled in knit.  With a long beak used to prod  and great legs for a wet plod, behold all the marbled godwit! Want to hang out with the marbled godwit and our shorebirds? Check out our Aviary Cam!

The giant Pacific octopus is the largest octopus in the world,...

The giant Pacific octopus is the largest octopus in the world, but hatches from an egg the size of a grain of rice! 

nubbsgalore: photos by octavio aburto off the coast of mexico....

banco chinchorro biosphere reserve off quintana roo san benito islands la encrucijada biosphere reserve off chiapas holbox san benito islands cocos island (costa rica) cabo pulmo san benito islands cabo pulmo san benito islands nubbsgalore: photos by octavio aburto off the coast of mexico. (click pic for specifics)

7-14-16 Lime Kiln Shoreline and the Orcas!

Thursday, July 14th...L pod whales had come in the night before......it was mid afternoon before some of them came north......the J11s-Blackberry J-27, Tsuchi J-31, and Mako J-39 were reported to be present! (They had not returned with...Show More Summary

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