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July 5, 2012

Tags: White abalone, NOAA, Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Once there were millions in the coastal waters off southern California. Now, after intensive harvesting and poaching, there are a few thousand. Most individuals are too old or too far away from each other to reproduce, according to a study released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A NOAA official suggests that this (more…)

“Dog That Runs in Rough Water”

April 20, 2010

Tags: Hawaiian Monk Seal, NOAA

That’s what ʻIlio-holo-i-ka-uaua” means, the native Hawaiian name for the Monk Seal, today’s Endangered All-Star. Considered critically endangered and featured on the Endangered Species List since 1976, the Hawaiian Monk Seal has lost an average of three percent of its population every year from 1985-1999. The current population is estimated to be only 1,200 (more…)

Sunset Cup Coral

January 29, 2010

Tags: Sunset Cup Coral, coral reefs, NOAA, Lundy Marine Nature Reserve

Sunset Cup Coral

Today’s Endangered All-Star is one among many corals threatened by climate change and environmental damage: Corals are exquisitely sensitive to changes in water temperature, acidity, and salinity. Marine biologists have predicted that half of all coral reefs could be destroyed by 2030. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration leads a Coral (more…)