Journey to the Arabian Seas with National Geographic

1. Mandatory photo credit: ©Thomas P. Peschak/National Geographic2. Show the March cover of National Geographic (credit: National Geographic)3. Provide a prominent link to: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/03/arabian-seas/peschak-photography4. Mention that the photo is "in the March 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine, on newsstands February 28."Rarely visited, the reefs off Saudi Arabia in the northern Red Sea are some of the most undisturbed in the region. Sunlight penetrates deep into the clear waters, enabling lush gardens of corals to flourish along these wave-washed coasts.

There is one magazine that stands above the rest when it comes to stellar science writing, fascinating story telling and amazing photography: National Geographic. Reading National Geographic magazine is a portal into another world, a way to experience places you might never have the chance to visit, and a way to learn about people past… [read more]

Sequoia the bald eagle

During Cabrillo Marine Aquarium‘s Autumn Sea Fair, I had the chance to meet Sequoia the bald eagle. Sequoia is an “animal ambassador” for the San Francisco Zoo, a job she is perfect for since she is already dressed to impress in the power suit of the bird kingdom. Her demeanor in the presence of many… [read more]

Frustrating whale watching trip

My most recent whale watching trip on Saturday, October 8th was frustrating! The weather was amazing, but as the Voyager headed out from Redondo Beach, the first dolphin we saw had its tail tangled in fishing line. Right away we could tell something was up because the common dolphin was swimming alone and very erratically.… [read more]

Interesting note on the Disney Oceans movie

When I saw the Disney Oceans movie last year, I wondered, how did they get such great shots of so many species, especially those facing a bleak future? Well, this past weekend, I was wandering around Barnes & Noble and happened upon a book based on the movie titled, “Oceans, a National Geographic official companion… [read more]

Spawning endangered white abalone

Tomorrow, July 12th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA) will attempt to spawn white abalone and members of the public are invited to watch! Why is this exciting? Because in the wild, white abalone are considered to be reproductively extinct; meaning there are too few living too far apart in the… [read more]

Thoughts on World Oceans Day

Another World Oceans Day has come and gone. (It was yesterday, June 8th, in case you missed it!) And I can’t stop thinking about an article I read yesterday titled “Goodbye Holocene, hello Anthropocene.” The article discusses how humans have managed to make such an impressively destructive impact on planet earth that we are transitioning… [read more]

Ted Danson on his new book Oceana

I had an awesome weekend at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC. For anyone who hasn’t been to the festival, you must go! It’s the largest book festival in the U.S., maybe even the world (but don’t quote me on that), and it’s FREE! The only thing you have to pay for… [read more]

One more reason to be grateful whaling is illegal

Recently, I decided it was time to change things up a bit and switch my google alerts. Before I had my alert set to notify me of all whale related stories. So everyday I received five to 10 emails about about whales, sometimes relevant and other times about sporting teams called “The Whales” or stories… [read more]