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Washington’s Salmon Spill and the Aquaculture Challenge

Introducing guest writer Emily Folk! Emily contacted me and asked if she could contribute to Ocean Wild Things. After taking a look at her fabulous website Conservation Folks, I naturally responded, of course! Emily’s goal is to help people become more informed about the world and how we fit into it. If you would like… [read more]


Head to the Sustainable Seafood Expo Oct. 1st!

Head to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium this Sunday, Oct. 1 for the 4th Annual Sustainable Seafood Expo! The goal of the event is to teach consumers how to choose the right fish for their dish—one that’s good for their bodies AND for the environment. Actor Adrian Grenier of “Entourage” fame and a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador will… [read more]

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Photo credit: Pelagos Cetacean Research Insitute / A. Frantzis

Sperm whale: death by 100 plastic bags

Since my celebratory post last week on the City of Los Angeles plastic bag ban, this gruesome photo came to my attention. For those of you out there who still aren’t convinced that banning plastic bags is a good idea, then you must take a really good look at this photo of 100 plastic bags… [read more]

Sand dollar

7 swinging sand dollar facts

The sand dollar or Dendraster excentricus is one animal that continues to surprise me every time I see it. Long before I started learning about the ocean and marine life, I remember seeing faded-white sand dollar shells (former sand dollar endoskeletons) and not thinking much of them. Now I find sand dollars fascinating because they… [read more]

Humpback whale's mouth featuring baleen

List of baleen whales

I received a website request for the names of five baleen whales, most likely for a school project. Then I realized, I’ve probably never listed all the baleen whales! Then I started flipping through all my whale books and wouldn’t you know it, every list is slightly different. So I decided to stick with the… [read more]