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Hidden beneath the waters off the California coast lies a treasure trove of marine biodiversity. Seamounts, or underwater mountains, are veritable hotspots for a wide variety of undersea critters who call deep-sea ecosystems home. These steep peaks often break up ocean currents, allowing for nutrients to be brought up from deeper waters,[1] supporting an incredible…

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We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Susan Bird, underwater explorer, researcher and avid photographer. As an extension of a successful career as a nationally ranked competitive swimmer, she began diving 1984 and later taught diving in Monterey Bay. She was the president of the Bay Area Underwater Explorers and organizer…

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For Immediate Release Seattle, WA—Marine Conservation Institute applauds the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources’ (CCAMLR) unanimous decision to designate a marine protected area (MPA) in the Ross Sea. Once the new protection goes into effect on December 1, 2017, it will be the largest protected area on the planet at 598,000 square…

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The California coast is a whale-watcher’s paradise. Not only can you find the world’s largest population of the world’s largest whale – the blue whale – here in the northeastern Pacific, but at certain times of year a lucky whale-watcher can spot up to four of the five species of whales that frequent these waters…

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