Check out this awesome dolphin rescue with our partners on Valentine's Day! We <3 dolphins ... See More
Lots of love went into the successful rescue and return of a dolphin mom and baby earlier this week!...
Tuesday February 14th, 2017 - 10:38 am
Romance is in the air - Valentine’s Day is the peak mating day for northern elephant seals! Within a day after breeding, a female will leave her pup and enter the Pacific to restore her body condition, weakened after fasting while nurturing her pup. Her pup will remain on the beach for about another six weeks before it goes to sea for the first time.
Northern elephant seals were once believed to be extinct but were rediscovered in Baja California in the early 1900s. They recolonized the Southern California Channel Islands in the 1950s; our senior research scientists have been documenting the species' recovery since the 1970s while conducting other studies on seals and sea lions. This year marks our scientists' 40th consecutive research expedition during the winter breeding season to San Miguel Island and the 38th consecutive expedition to San Nicolas Island! ... See More
Our Research Scientist Wendy Noke Durden recently published abundance estimates and trends from nearly a decade of aerial surveys of Indian River Lagoon bottlenose dolphins! The information we gather monitors the effects of ecological disturbances, unusual mortality events, and human impacts on this key species. We found that abundance estimates increased during extremely cold winter events and that the average abundance was 1,000 Indian River Lagoon dolphins. As always, further investigation is needed to conserve this important dolphin population! #ThrivingOceans ... See More
An infusion of donor support helped our staff install new broodstock tanks for halibut and yellowtail at our Mission Bay laboratory this week, including a new spawning tank for our recently collected San Diego halibut broodstock! The fish completed their mandatory period and are waiting to move to their new permanent home, which will be in a few months.