Blue whale watching part 1

Blue whale head

I finally had the chance to go blue whale watching! After seeing tons of blue whale pictures on Facebook, I said enough is enough already, I’ve got to get out there and see blue whales. Then Harbor Breeze Cruises in Long Beach offered a great deal (for a limited time only), 10 bucks to go… [read more]

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]

Saving sharks one photo at a time

Blue shark

It’s time to talk sharks! Sharks are very misunderstood creatures. Thanks to the movie Jaws and its haunting theme song, very few people are able to see sharks clearly anymore. Sharks are just really cool fish trying to survive in the big blue ocean and in the process have had some nasty encounters with humans.… [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]

Getting inside the dream just for fun

Dolphin on patrol

It just so happens that I’m taking a writing class to expand my skills and increase my creative repertoire. For class last night, my homework was to write the same story from three different points of view. I had no idea what to write at first and then I started thinking about that crazy dream… [read more]

Q & A with Nat Geo Photographer Thomas Peschak

©Thomas P. Peschak/National Geographic, This photo is in the March 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine on newsstands February 28. "A relic of the Iran-Iraq war, this oil tanker was scuttled near the Kuwait-Iraq border on Saddam Hussein's orders, to block access by sea to southern Iraq. Kuwaiti authorities are reluctant to remove the vessel for fear of damaging the wetlands of nearby Bubiyan Island, an important fish nursery and seabird breeding ground."

As part of doing a write up on the The Seas of Arabia article, National Geographic gave me the chance to ask writer Kennedy Warne a few questions and I jumped at the opportunity because I wanted to know more about what happened behind the scenes as he was gathering information for the article. Well,… [read more]

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]

Great whale watching near Santa Barbara!

Wow, whale watching off Santa Barbara’s coast is amazing right now. On Saturday, ACS/LA hosted their Summertime Blues Whale Watch Adventure aboard the Condor Express and we watched whales galore lunge feeding on mass amounts of krill in the Santa Barbara Channel. Every where we looked there was either a humpback whale or a blue… [read more]