American Cetacean Society Virtual Talk- Tonight!

There and Back Again – In Three Days: How to Self-Guide a Trip to the Gray Whale Calving Lagoons in Baja California. July 14, 2021 7pm George Liddle, one of ACS San Diego’s board members, will be presenting on his last trip to Baja to visit the gray whales! The talk is through Zoom and the link is given below. The event is free and … Continue reading American Cetacean Society Virtual Talk- Tonight!

California’s Early June Heat Wave Cooked Coastal Mussels in Place

Bodega Marine Reserve research coordinator Jackie Sones has worked in or walked on the rocky shores of the North Coast almost every day for the last 15 years. But while she was surveying the reserve for sea stars in mid-June, she saw something new: strips of bleached algae draped across the rocks, like frost, and a swath of dead mussels, hundreds or maybe thousands of them, … Continue reading California’s Early June Heat Wave Cooked Coastal Mussels in Place

Meet Ted Washington, Poet, Musician, Artist and More

Ted Washington is a Cabrillo National Monument Foundation employee who you may have seen working in the bookstore in the Visitor Center. Ted has many talents and was recently featured in the San Diego Union. Ted Washington does his best to stay in the background. He actually prides himself on it. “I’ve never really been into the ‘self’ too much,” Washington says over coffee in … Continue reading Meet Ted Washington, Poet, Musician, Artist and More

A lighthouse and pine tree in shadow at sunset. The words Did You Know are in blue at the base of the image

Did You Know – National Parks Facts

The nation’s newest National Park, the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve in West Virginia, was upgraded from a National River in 2021. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/new-river-gorge-west-virginia-newest-national-park/index.html That brings the current total of National Parks to 63 and 423 National Park Units and counting. You can see a list at: https://parksexpert.com/all-us-national-parks-list/ The only state without a National Park Unit is Delaware. The Great Smoky Mountains is the most … Continue reading Did You Know – National Parks Facts

This ‘wandering meatloaf’ chiton has a rare mineral in its teeth

(CNN) — A rare iron mineral has been discovered in the teeth of a living organism for the first time — one that bears the pet name “wandering meatloaf.” While it sounds like a tour update for the musician Meat Loaf, this research concerns a large mollusk called a chiton (not a “bat out of hell”). The mollusk, also known as Cryptochiton stelleri, got its nickname because … Continue reading This ‘wandering meatloaf’ chiton has a rare mineral in its teeth

A view of the ocean from a cliff edge with large boulders in the foreground

What’s in the Tidepools? – May 2021

(NPS Photo/P. Geisler) Our dedicated volunteers at Cabrillo National Monument take photos of the exciting flora and fauna down in the tidepools! We want to try and capture the wonderful photos that volunteers are taking in the tidepool area. This blog post is published on a monthly basis, but we need your help. We encourage you to contribute by submitting your memorable photos and/or short … Continue reading What’s in the Tidepools? – May 2021