Harbor Seals 101

Harbor Seals 101

 Have you ever noticed a speckled mammal trying to camouflage into rocks along the California coast?! If so you may have spotted a harbor seal! Harbor seals are marine mammals that belong to a group called pinnipeds (meaning “fin-footed”)...

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Happy Manatee Appreciation Day!

Happy Manatee Appreciation Day!

 Manatee Appreciation Day is a day devoted solely to raising awareness about these marine mammals. Once on the endangered list, the manatee is now severely threatened. But what makes manatees threatened in the first place, and what exactly are...

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Cloudy with A Chance of Marine Snow

Cloudy with A Chance of Marine Snow

Wouldn’t it be nice if our meals, snacks, and beverages just fell from the sky right into our hands as if it were rain or snow?  What if those Skittle’s commercials where little, fruity candies rained down from vibrant rainbows above your head...

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Under Pressure

Under Pressure

The Deepest part of the ocean is about 36,200 feet or over 11,000 meters, which is deeper than Mt. Everest is tall by about 7,000 feet! Animals that live this deep have a remarkable amount of challenges that they have to adapt to in order to...

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The Mammal Channel

The Mammal Channel

It’s so exciting to see marine mammals at CIMI! With spring migrations in full swing, we are feeling very lucky to be seeing lots of grey whales, common dolphins, and Risso’s dolphins among many more in San Pedro channel.  ...

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Harbor Seal

Harbor Seal

Harbor Seals(Phoca vitulina) are one of the few Pinnipeds found around Catalina Island. These are some more elusive seals, often times avoiding human interaction completely. These seals will spend their days either swimming in shallow wasters or...

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Northern Elephant Seals

Northern Elephant Seals

Did you know? Northern Elephant seals have one of the longest mammal migrations on the planet! They spend almost all their time venturing across the ocean, specifically in the North Pacific range, and travel from their rookery sites out to the...

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