Endangered killer whales received new habitat protections from the U.S. government Friday. The whales have in recent years been at their lowest numbers since the 1970s.
Crews have hauled away the rotting carcass of a dead fin whale that washed ashore and prompted the closure of Bolsa Chica State Beach over the weekend.
The angler fish usually lives 3,000 feet under the ocean, and it's rare for humans to see one fully intact. But this deep sea fish with teeth "like pointed shards of glass" recently washed ashore at a California state park.
Three more dead whales have been spotted in the San Francisco Bay in recent days, bringing the total to eight this year, experts said Friday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this makes the whale in Oakland the 10th whale in the last six weeks to show up dead; five of which were found in the Bay, the other five along the California Coast.
California will truck millions of young salmon raised at fish hatcheries in the state's Central Valley to the Pacific Ocean because the waterways the fish use to travel downstream are historically low and warm due to increasing drought.
Marine mammal experts are attempting to relocate a baby whale that was seen off the Southern California coast entangled in what appears to be commercial fishing gear.
Experts believe that an endangered fin whale that washed ashore in San Francisco this weekend died due to injuries sustained from a ship strike. They said they discovered significant bruising and hemorrhaging to the muscle around the whale’s neck vertebrae.
Scientists from The Marine Mammal Center, the world’s largest marine mammal hospital, were investigating the deaths of two gray whales found around the Bay Area. So far, a total of four dead whales have been located just days apart.
A dead whale washed up onto Muir Beach in Marin County Thursday morning, the fourth whale to wash ashore in the Bay Area in just over a week.
A pod of killer whales was spotted this week off the Monterey Coast.
Officials with the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito said Friday they're unable to confirm the cause of death for a gray whale that washed ashore San Francisco's Crissy Field earlier this week.
The Marine Mammal Center is preparing to perform a necropsy on a dead whale in the San Francisco Bay, a spokesman confirmed with KTVU.
Firefighters protected the baby whale, creating a safety zone around it, and stayed with the young whale until it safely swam back out into the bay.
In looking at satellite images of the Sonoma and Mendocino coast going back to 1985, researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz found the kelp forest declined by an average of 95% since 2013.
The study found younger great white sharks that are between 5 and 9 feet long and traditionally concentrated in warm waters off northern Mexico and Southern California have moved north since 2014 as water temperatures have warmed.
Scientists in California have determined the likely causes of a mysterious cancer that has killed sea lions for years include elements introduced to the ocean by humans.
Researchers say the population of gray whales off the West Coast of the United States has fallen by nearly one-quarter since 2016, resembling a similar die-off two decades ago.
A feisty young sea lion is back in the wild after five weeks of rehabilitation to treat a severe shark bite, domoic acid poisoning and malnutrition.
The Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands has admitted eight California sea lions and Guadalupe fur seals since June 1 with entanglements of varying degrees.