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Read the book Global Chorus

Today is an exciting day because April 11 is the date my essay is featured in the book Global Chorus: 365 Voices On The Future of the Planet. It started with an email from editor extraordinaire Todd MacLean inviting me to be a contributor to a Global Chorus, an anthology he was putting together featuring… [read more]

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California’s plastic bag ban on hold

I must confess, I have been avoiding writing about this subject for awhile. But in an attempt to face reality, here’s the deal…California’s statewide plastic bag ban is on hold. The plastics industry spent $3.2 million gathering signatures to overturn the new law and alas, California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that the referendum… [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]

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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]

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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]