California sea lions have made a dramatic recovery across the West Coast under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. The number of sea lions has tripled from fewer than 89,000 in 1975 to 257,000 in 2014, according to a recent study. In Morro Bay, “They are fat and happy right now,” said Matthew Ashton, chief Harbor Patrol officer for the Port San Luis Harbor District.
Allison Gong, a Santa Cruz-based marine biologist and biology professor, came across hundreds of birds cawing loudly in Monterey Bay on September 1, 2017. "This is what it's like to be in a mixed flock of sooty shearwaters and common murres," she tweeted.
Two SLO County sea lions were released back into the ocean near San Francisco on Sunday, August 6, 2017, weeks after they were rescued at the Oceano Dunes. They were sick with domoic acid toxicity, which can cause brain damage and seizures.
The Marine Mammal Center has been rescuing and rehabilitating sea lions sick with domoic acid toxicity, which can cause brain damage. If you see a sea lion showing symptoms such as disorientation or head-bobbing, don't approach it. Call the Distressed Marine Mammal hotline at 415-289-7325.
For the third consecutive year in 2016, the Arbor Day Foundation named Cal Poly San Luis Obispo a Tree Campus USA in recognition of the campus' work to promote healthy trees on campus and conservation. Cal Poly has 6,600 trees in its campus core and the largest variety of tree species on a university campus in the nation: 547 varieties, including 215 single-tree species, according to the university.
Larry and Candice Montenegro were struggling to pay the bills living in California Valley near Carrizo Plain. But now Larry Montengro delivers water pumped from his own two wells to about 60 marijuana growers in the area. They say the cannabis industry has been good for the California Valley economy.
Meet sea lions Georgia Marie and Fully Booked, who were found with symptoms of domoic acid toxicosis, which include disorientation and seizures. Georgia Marie was rescued July 13, 2017, at Oceano Dunes, and Fully Booked was rescued July 14 at Pismo State Beach.
In a behind-the-scenes video posted on the Central Coast Aquarium’s Facebook page, the predatory red octopus can be viewed stalking and eating a live black spotted bay shrimp using a "ballooning" technique.
Micheal Brink of SLO.TOURS spotted a pod of about five orcas south of the Port San Luis Pier in Avila Beach on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The pod of about five orcas was feeding on bait fish, along with about 30 sea lions.
A humpback whale delighted spectators for hours when it wandered into Ventura Harbor on Saturday. Rescuers helped guide the 40-foot-long juvenile back to the open ocean by playing a loop of humpback whale feeding sounds overnight to lure the creature away
Whale watchers on a tour with Dawn Feuerberg of Morro Bay had a "life changing" experience in April 2017 when they got to pet gray whales that came right up to their boat off Baja California, Mexico. "Someone needs to kiss him!" one woman said.