There’s still time to help protect sharks!

Great white shark smiling

Good news, there’s still time to help protect sharks by submitting comments to the NOAA! In my last post, I gave everyone extremely late notice about an impending deadline for submitting comments to NOAA about the regulations they’re considering that could overturn shark protections passed in 10 states and territories. NOAA claims that these stricter… [read more]

Help protect shark conservation laws

In case you missed it, the Discovery Channel created a hilarious video to promote Shark Week, which has been making the rounds on the web the last couple of weeks. I’m posting it here for a good chuckle and to bring a bit of levity to a potentially depressing situation for sharks. The National Ocean… [read more]

Help prevent another balloon release

Balloons creepy smiling

Another Memorial Day has come and gone and with it another balloon release. Three years ago, members of the whale watching community in Los Angeles sent emails and made calls in an attempt to stop Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes from releasing balloons as part of their Memorial Day service. The cemetery… [read more]

Avoid buying plastic this Easter

Plastic Easter chick

Since Easter is just around the corner, all the Easter goodies are out on store shelves and next to the candy is a lot of plastic. Remember that plastic candy pooping snowman I wrote about after Christmas? Well, there’s also an Easter themed line of candy pooping critters. You can buy a yellow chick, a… [read more]

Help track blue-banded California brown pelicans!

California brown pelican

International Bird Rescue is hosting a contest to encourage people to help identify and report blue-band California brown pelicans. Why should you participate? Because you’ll be helping International Bird Rescue (IBR) and California brown pelicans all in the name of science. It’s a triple win! “Since 2009, we’ve been banding brown pelicans that we’ve rehabilitated… [read more]

Help ban plastic bags in California!

Photo credit: material boy

Tomorrow (or today if you are reading this on Friday, August 31st) is the last day for California’s State Senate to approve a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags. Please call your State Senator’s office and ask them to vote YES on AB 298 and make this happen! If the State Senate passes the bill… [read more]

It’s Shark Week!

In case anyone out there missed it, Shark Week launched on the Discovery Channel August 12th! Shark Week isn’t an official week set aside for recognizing sharks, but thanks to the Discovery Channel it has become a very popular unofficial week that provides great press for sharks everywhere. And unfortunately sharks need all the good… [read more]

Use extreme caution when buying shell jewelry

Marine gastropods

At first, the title of this post was going to be “Don’t buy shell jewelry,” but that seemed a bit too dramatic, so I settled on “Use extreme caution when buying shell jewelry.” What’s the big deal you ask? Here’s the situation: A lot of shells are homes for animals, even tiny, tiny shells often… [read more]

The ACS conference is fast approaching, don’t miss it!

On November 12th, just a few short days away, the American Cetacean Society’s (ACS) 12th conference begins! If you love whales, dolphins and porpoises, don’t miss this conference! Two years ago, I became addicted to whales, dolphins and porpoises, after attending a presentation hosted by the American Cetacean Society’s Los Angeles Chapter (ACS/LA). Then I… [read more]