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Tsunami Debris Surveys

Citizen Science Opportunity

November 18, 2014

  As you know, in 2011 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Japan, causing tsunami waves up to 133 feet high to crash onshore. Almost 16,000 people were killed in this event, a human tragedy on a massive scale. The devastation also caused in an estimated 1.5 million tons of buoyant debris to wash…

Sea Foam Explained!

Addressing a common misconception

October 14, 2014

I love fall.  I love the blustery days and the wild seas.  It was a spectacular day on Monday out at Spring Ranch, one of my favorite places to walk along the coast with my pooch. The seas were churning and I noticed a good amount of sea foam in the water, and it reminded me that I’ve…

Blue Whale Wows Crowd!

Whale bones are a huge draw at Paul Bunyan Days!

September 13, 2014

Babe the blue ox had to step aside for the day and make way for our amazing Blue Whale skeleton during Paul Bunyan Days!  Over 1000 people came out on a beautiful sunny day to see the bones, enjoy the coast, and explore the future home of the Noyo Center for Marine Science.  Young and old…

First Annual Marine Science and Art Fair a Big Hit

April 30, 2014

Have you ever wondered how big a Blue Whale’s heart is?  Or how many krill a Blue Whale can eat in one day?  Have you ever wanted to know more about the migration patterns of the different whales that swim past our coast?  The answers to these and many of other fascinating questions could be…

Ask a Scientist!

Let Us Help Find the Answers

March 12, 2014

Let’s admit it.  We all have them.  Those nagging questions you’ve always wanted to ask but didn’t know who to go to?  Like…why are those rocks on Bowling Ball Beach so perfectly round? Well, look no further.  We will find the expert for you and post an answer here on the website.  We’ll try to post an…

Sea Star Die Off-UPDATE

What's Happening?

February 25, 2014

This past summer we began hearing about a massive sea star die off along the west coast. Though we’ve seen these types of events before, the spatial extent of this one is quite alarming. Reports from folks walking along the shores were of animals that “looked like their arms had been chopped off.” Pete Raimondi, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz and the principal investigator on the Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Group, is hard at work trying to figure out why.

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