“He roams the seas in freedom
…With no enemies save man.”
Multiple ocean environments come together along the California coast, providing a suitable habitat for a wide variety of marine life. This area sports one of the most diverse assemblages of marine mammals in the world. Some species are resident (harbor seal, minke whale, sea otter, and California sea lion), several are transient (gray whale and killer whale), while others use the area as a seasonal destination (humpback whale, elephant seal, and northern fur seal). . .
NOAA Marine Debris Blog
Marine debris is everyone’s problem. — It is a global problem affecting everything from the environment to the economy; from fishing and navigation to human health and safety; from the tiniest coral polyps to giant blue whales. Marine debris also comes in many forms, from a cigarette butt to a 4,000-pound derelict fishing net. Marine debris is a problem we can solve together. Although marine debris is found worldwide, we can all help with the smallest actions. Reduce, reuse, recycle, and participate in local beach or stream cleanups. If we each do a little, together we can make a big difference.
Books Donated to Schools in CA and Hawaii
Fluke Foundation believes that educating our youth about the environmental dangers to our blue planet is critical to the survival of our ocean. We have donated thousands of books to students in California & Hawaii. In 2016 we broke a record donating 3,250 books to local public school third graders and their teachers. As the pictures show, the students and staff are thrilled to see us year after year with new and interesting books with an ocean theme.
Whale Quest Kapalua by Whale Trust, Maui HI
This picture is from several years ago at Whale Quest Kapalua hosted by Whale Trust. Mary Whitney, Fluke Foundation Founder, teaches whale disentanglement techniques to very eager students.
2016 is the final year of this grand event now called Whale Tales, still organized by Whale Trust. Mary Whitney and Betsy Collins will volunteer as they have in the past. Plus February on Maui is a wonderful time to see humpback whales.
Visiting with School Children at San Ignacio, Mexico.
Betsy Collins, Fluke Foundation’s Executive Director, in San Ignacio, Mexico with the children of the village school. These children may have grown up to be fisherman but now they may grow up to be eco-tourism experts.
Report Debris — Here’s How!
NOAA is leading efforts to collect data, assess the debris and reduce possible impacts to our natural resources and coastal communities. For example, information from vessels transiting between Japan and North America has been critical to tracking the debris from the tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. Ships are encouraged to submit observations and photos of marine debris, as well as reports of “no debris observed” – to: DisasterDebris@noaa.gov
Whale Alert App
Whales swim through a sea of troubles. In recent years, human threats have increased. One of the most chronic and deadly threats whales face is collisions with large commercial vessels. Now, these animals will swim more safely through the water thanks to the “Whale Alert” iPad and iPhone app. Using Whale Alert, vessel operators automatically receive the latest reports on whale detections and will be notified whenever their vessel enters a seasonal or temporary management area. This will greatly reduce the time and effort required to alert vessel operators that whales are in the area, thus reducing the chance of a vessel striking, injuring, or killing a whale. This technology will not only save mariners time and hassle, it will save whales lives. The positive implications for marine mammal conservation are monumental.
Photos of Marine Debris
Hooks (photo by B.Collins Molokai, HI) Ropes, nets, colorful floats at Mayan ruins of Tulum, Mexico. (photo by M.Whitney 2011)
Actress and activist Amber Valletta joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival in Monterey, California, September 26 – 28, 2012 to raise awareness of entangled whales in California.
“It is upsetting to imagine such a magnificent creature with ropes and other marine debris wrapped around its body,” said Ms. Valletta, an IFAW Honorary Board member. “It can cause life-threatening injuries to whales and can often be dangerous for their rescuers as well.”