More than 3,500 Los Angeles kids, teachers and volunteers form a giant kid, designed by 8th grader Adam Mendoza, holding a seashell to its ear as the ocean says "Listen" as part of the 20th Annual Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up organized by the Malibu Foundation, City of Los Angeles, Spectral Q, Keep LA Beautiful and the California Coastal Commission in Los Angeles on May 16, 2013. The kids are alerting the world about the need to listen to the ocean and protect it from the everyday trash and plastic litter that flow down the streets, killing marine life and polluting food resources.
Kudos to all those who participated in this year’s Kids Ocean Day at Dockweiler State Beach. Not only did the participants join together to make some very cool “aerial artwork,” they also contributed their time and hard work to help clean up the beach!
YouTube user NewportWhales captured some footage of what appears to be a juvenile white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) off of Newport Beach, California. According to the video description, the shark was spotted around 3:30pm on August 28. The relatively small shark was described as being between 5-6′ in length.
DANAPOINTWHALEWATCH caught this blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) on film doing its best “shark impersonation” off of Dana Point, California…Alright, so the blue whale is really just swimming on its side near the surface, which results in its fluke rising out of the water like a colossal dorsal fin, but “shark impersonation” sounds much more catchy. One of the whale watchers can even be heard in the video saying that the blue whale was doing “his ‘Jaws’ impersonation.”
The blue whale is the largest known living animal on the Earth. Despite its size, blue whales are filter feeders and are generally considered harmless to humans.
Tonight on Discovery’s Shark Week, “Great White Highway” follows a team of researchers who hope to learn more about where California’s great white shark populations travel throughout the year. Using tagging and tracking technologies scientist will hope to learn where the sharks go when they’re not in California waters and what the sharks do while they’re gone. One of the primary questions that the researchers hope to answer is where white sharks mate and give birth.
The L.A. Times is reporting that some environmental groups are seeking federal protection for great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias). The groups have petitioned for the government to list California’s white shark population as an endangered species. The petition, filed last Friday, was prepared by Oceana in conjunction with Sea Stewards, and the Center for Biological Diversity.
The biggest concern of those behind the petition is the threat of juvenile white shark being killed as a result of by-catch in gill nets off the coast of Southern California and Mexico, according to Oceana’s Geoff Shester. It’s unclear from the report how U.S. federal protection status would help to reduce by-catch of the species. White sharks are already a protected species in California and Mexico and cannot legally be targeted for harvest in either locales.