Former astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife Gabrielle Giffords have become national spokespeople for gun control since the former congresswoman out of Arizona was nearly shot to death in a January 2011 assassination attempt that took six lives and injured 11 others. Now the high-profile couple finds th ... More >>
Ultra Music Festival is a zoo. From land sharks to killer whales, pink flamingos to African zebras, UMF 2013 is starting to feel a lot like a World Wildlife Foundation fundraiser, complete with endangered species and cuddly critters. Sure, they're inflatable. But try explaining that to someone rol ... More >>
Not quite a whale doing the backstroke in your soup, it was still a rare spectacle none the same Monday when a whale and dolphins were seen playing together in front of passengers and crew on a Dana Point Harbor sightseeing boat."It was pretty amazing," remarked eyewitness Patti Soltero of Eastvale. ... More >>
You may have seen the reports on the recent giant squid invasion in Orange County waters.We included video of this from one boat operator out of Dana Harbor.Now a second has posted an eye-opening video of its own, but it's not of giant squid wreaking havoc but a "dolphin stampede."
See the breaking news update at the end of this post on the Coastal Commission's denial of PG&E's seismic studies proposal and foe Surfrider's reaction.ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 13, 12:02 P.M.: As the Coastal Commission considers Pacific Gas & Electric's Fukushima-inspired plan to fire underwater ... More >>
A call from a contractor on an oil platform off Huntington Beach led a rescue team from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach to free a sea lion entangled in fishing line.Video of Saturday's rescue by Orange County's only licensed marine mammal facility follows on the next page.
There's been an uptick in blue whale sightings off the Orange County coast the past couple days, according to a popular excursion company.Sunday, passengers aboard some Dana Wharf Sportsfishing boats, which depart out of Dana Point Harbor, counted 14 sightings of blue whales.Four have been reported ... More >>
Environmental and mammal-protection groups are hailing a recent California Coastal Commission vote they say will allow sea otters to swim freely and legally in Southern California waters.This is the result of the commission deciding unanimously last week that a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposa ... More >>
If we could talk to the animals, learn all their languages, maybe chat up a dolphin in the sea . . . Actually, when it comes to Flipper, and with apologies to Rex Harrison, scientists truly believe they are close to swapping stories with dolphins, thanks to past acoustic research into the sounds an ... More >>
Two marine mammals whose plights led to much nail biting by human mammals on shore have apparently returned to the open sea, hopefully unscathed.The bottlenose dolphin that had been swimming in circles in shallow water within the Bolsa Chica wetlands is believed to have left some time this weekend. ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 30, 9:51 A.M.: With a dolphin still swimming in circles on the inland side of PCH at the Bolsa Chica wetlands in Huntington Beach for a fourth day, animall rescue crews say they may step up efforts to return the mammal that's been nicknamed Freddie to the open sea.They came close to ac ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 24, 3:09 P.M.: The good news about the 40-foot gray whale who'd been entangled in a fishing net off Laguna Beach and San Onofre last week is it's headed in the right direction.The nonprofit Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach reports that the whale was spotted today off Gorda ... More >>
A federal judge Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that argued five orcas should be freed from SeaWorld under the anti-slavery 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.Judge Jeffrey Miller of the U.S. District Court in San Diego reasoned in ... More >>
It's the actors who need rescue in this trapped-whale saga
UPDATE, JAN. 4, 4:54 P.M.: Earlier this afternoon we shared Dana Wharf Sportsfishing video of a gray whale family frolicking in waters off the Orange Coast (see original post after the jump).But now for something completely different: video of whales killing a sea lion in front of a catamaran sai ... More >>
Passengers, a videographer and even the skipper are still shaking their heads over an unusually close encounter with a Pacific blue whale from a viewing boat in the fleet of Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari Friday afternoon off Dana Point."Dude, that was a miracle," a woman can be heard sa ... More >>
'Scrimshaw: The Art and Craft of the American Whaler' shows the beauty that can come from destruction
There's a reason YouTube is filled with videos of cats fake-playing the piano, dogs singing and snakes dancing...it's because they're cute. Really cute. And nothing puts a smile on your face faster than a beluga whale enjoying a mariachi band or a dog dancing the merengue, right? (Say yes, you c ... More >>
Most times when you set off on a Dana Pride excursion, you'll see dolphins. If you're fortunate, you'll get a glimpse of the titular character on your "whale watching cruise" receipt. Tuesday evening's passengers were treated to a blue whale mom, her calf and even a third blue whale.When Capt. To ... More >>
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One of the street gangs in West Side Story was the Sharks, but those dancing fancy boys are pussies compared to the real-life Dolphins.Seemingly random acts of violence by bottlenose dolphins on porpoises have been reported in the Pacific Ocean off California. And recent marine mammal research co ... More >>
Aquarium of the Pacific Get ready to go Elmyra in this hizzle. Ollie, a three-month old orphaned sea otter rescued off the coast of Santa Cruz, has a new home at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Don't you wanna hug her and squeeze her into itty bitty pieces? More pics and ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseNext Tuesday, Feist's documentary Look at What the Light Did Now will be out on DVD with a 13-track bonus CD. Some of the songs are unreleased live tracks; others are studio covers of the Canadians' songs by collaborator Chilly Gonzales.
Veteran whale watchers and sports-fishing operators report dense numbers of blue whales--the largest animals ever known to have existed--frolicking off the Southern California coast, from Santa Barbara to southern Orange County.Thank our unseasonably cold weather: chilly water favorable to the sh ... More >>
What the freak is happening off our beautiful, sin-kissed coast?There was the giant squid invasion this past winter. There was the rare sighting of Orcas earlier this week (with a giant halibut thrown into the cioppino for good measure). And there's the constant threat by that sea monster the egg ... More >>
Dana Wharf posted the video above of a rare sight: killer whales feeding and frolicking off our coast.
Courtesy of Paddle With PurposeLast weekend, co-founder of the SUP Spot and highly respected ambassador of stand-up paddling, Jodie Nelson, set out for an intense 39.8 mile paddle from Catalina Island to Dana Point during the Ohana Ocean Catalina Challenge, becoming the first woman ever to comple ... More >>
Dozens of sick and starving sea lion pups are washing up on Southern California shores. Many have not survived. Meanwhile, researchers have cast a wider net for causes of adult sea lion cancer deaths.
MPowerOC, "Orange County's premiere men's social group for gay and bisexual men between the ages of 18 & 29," on Sunday, Feb. 28, presents its free "2nd Annual Newport Beach Gay Whale Watching Expedition."Which begs the question . . .
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