Articles Tagged With ‘Pacific Ocean’

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Brain damaged sea lions stranded on California beaches

Stellar sea lion Gus sticks his tongue out in his exhibit, part of Stellar Cove at the Oregon Zoo. © Oregon Zoo / Photo by Carli Davidson

An outbreak of algae-produced biotoxins is inflicting brain damage on sea lions along California’s Central Coast. Higher than average ocean temperatures are blamed for the increase in algae blooms. [Scientific American] Dying or dead sea lions have been spotted along... (Continue reading)

Venomous snakes hit Central California shores

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Several highly venomous sea snakes were spotted last week on a beach near Oxnard in Ventura County. On Thursday, a dead yellow-bellied sea snake was spotted on Silver Strand State Beach. On Friday, a surfer discovered a lethargic sea snake... (Continue reading)

Woman drowns in ocean off Big Sur

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A 20-year-old woman drowned Friday after slipping off a Big Sur cliff and falling into the ocean. At around 2:30 p.m., Medina Faraz of Union City was hiking in the area of McWay Falls, near Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.... (Continue reading)

Algal bloom reaches record levels

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A harmful algal bloom that runs from the Central Coast of California to Washington State, has reached an unprecedented size. The concentrations of domoic acid appear to be the highest ever recorded along California’s Central Coast. [Santa Cruz Sentinel] As... (Continue reading)

Warm ocean temperatures attract different species

Higher than usual ocean temperatures off the coast of California have attracted a menagerie of warm-water creatures that typically live in more tropical areas such as the Hawaiian and Galapagos Islands. [Mercury News] In mid-October, ocean temperatures off the Central... (Continue reading)

Man swept away by waves during Guadalupe baptism

Rescue teams are searching for a man who was swept out to sea by a wave during a baptism at a beach in Guadalupe on Sunday. At about 10 a.m., Pastor Maurigro Cervantes said his cousin Benito Flores, 43, of... (Continue reading)

Group effort saves drowning girl in Cambria

Three Fresno beachgoers, a family member and a sheriff’s deputy each pitched in to save the life of a 7-year-old girl who was drowning at a Cambria beach Saturday. [Tribune] A wave at Leffingwell Landing swept the 7-year-old girl into... (Continue reading)

Fifth person drowns trying to rescue a dog

A Northern California woman drowned over the weekend while trying to save her dog from strong ocean waves. [ABC] The 32-year-old woman was overpowered by what has been dubbed a “sneaker wave” near Shelter Cove in Humboldt County, according to... (Continue reading)

Coastal Commission approves Pismo Beach seawall

The California Coastal Commission approved a proposed Pismo Beach seawall Wednesday at its meeting in the city of Pismo Beach. City officials say that a seawall is necessary near Memory Park in Shell Beach at Seacliff Drive and Baker Avenue... (Continue reading)

Avila Beach under health advisory

San Luis Obispo County health officials have posted warnings of poor water quality at Avila Beach. Following a heavy rain, health officials warn that bacteria, pathogens, worms and viruses can end up in the ocean and suggest staying out of... (Continue reading)

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