Not every sea otter gets to star in a movie. Otter 501, who as a newborn was rescued then rehabilitated at the Monterey Bay Aquarium—and successfully released into the wild—died some time in March. She was 11 years old, considered "old age" for an otter.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
For almost 100 years, there were no wolves seen in California. Following that nearly century-long absence, OR-7 was observed in late 2011—the first of multiple wolf visitors from Oregon to cross into Northern California.
Saturday, March 06, 2021
If there's one thing I learned while working on a round-up of Monterey County pets for this week's Pet Issue, it's that asking people to share stories about their furry friends is a joy. Many of us are spending more time at home than ever before, and for pet owners this means more time with …
Friday, March 05, 2021
I’ve always loved animals and I grew up with a lot of them, both of my own and my family’s: ducks, geese, chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs, horses, goats…
Friday, February 19, 2021
Mountain lions live here, which can be easy to forget—they are famously elusive creatures that are rarely spotted. But the big cats made an appearance in the Carmel Police log on Feb. 10, when a sighting was reported near Carmel Mission. Separately, cameras on a private home near Carmel Beac…
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
It's best to respect the privacy of mothers and their newborn babies, especially if they're newborn raptor species nesting in Pinnacles National Park. The park issued a climbing advisory effective as of Jan. 19 to protect several species of nesting raptors, or birds of prey.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
The box was opened carefully; after a couple seconds, a gray owl flapped his wings and stopped at the edge of it. Then, he flew away in the dark sky.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Around 8pm on Friday, April 10, Kate Spencer got a call that a Laysan albatross had recently been rescued from a field in Santa Cruz and was to be released early Saturday morning, and the International Bird Rescue wanted her help.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Pet owners tend to care about their fur babies' health just as much as their own. So it's good news that veterinarian clinics and shelters in Monterey County are still offering services during the county’s new COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders. They are working hard to take extra precautions …
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
The family of barn owls at the Monterey Regional Waste Management District facility continues to grow. Luna and Sol—named through a Facebook contest held by the MRWMD—made their debut to the public through a Youtube feed in 2019. Mamma Luna has laid three more eggs this year which can be see…
Friday, December 13, 2019
Just a few months after the announcement that the population of wild condors in Central California has reached 100, there’s more good news for the iconic bird that had nearly become extinct a few decades ago.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
One of the major tasks that the Fort Ord Reuse Authority must complete before it dissolves next summer is to create a plan for the conservation of habitats for endangered species within the 36-square-mile boundary of the former Fort Ord military base. A Habitat Conservation Plan is now in it…
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Imagine the lifeless form of a massive baleen whale, falling silently through the lightless environment of the deep ocean. Thousands of pounds of blubber and bone eventually crash into the sea floor at depths of over 10,000 feet, deeper than some Sierra Nevada mountains are tall.
Monday, September 02, 2019
Known for bringing the California condor and other species back from the edge of extinction, the Endangered Species Act has been revised by the Trump administration as announced by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on Aug. 12. The changes are meant to make the regulations less b…
Friday, May 17, 2019
The parasite was introduced into the sea otter’s body through infected live prey that was fed to her or by a passing seabird that defecated into her open-air water tank.
Monday, April 01, 2019
A pod of about 25 endangered killer whales, including the population's youngest calf, who are native to the Puget Sound area, was spotted on Sunday March 31 near Carmel Bay.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Baby owls are called owlets, nine of them are going to soon hatch in Marina, and you can watch that happen live on YouTube.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Nature is awesome. And even more awesome than we knew three days ago.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
A national animal rights group has set its sights on Monterey County officials and the SPCA of Monterey County, claiming that they are doing nothing about an alleged cockfighting facility in Royal Oaks.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Ever wondered what it sounds like deep in Monterey Bay? Wonder no more.
Monday, April 02, 2018
For anybody who marvels at the majesty of California condors, a federally endangered species, there's a tab you should keep open on your computer in the coming weeks.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Monterey County's most famous barn owls are back in the limelight.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Researchers aboard a Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute vessel received an unexpected visitor last week while conducting research at Sur Ridge, an underwater formation about 23 miles west of the Big Sur Coast: a barn owl.
Friday, June 02, 2017
Kittens can't get much cuter. Or so you thought.
Friday, April 07, 2017
The saying goes "You can't fix stupid."
Friday, March 31, 2017
It is the stuff of nightmares: to be stranded in the ocean near a prowling great white shark.
Monday, March 06, 2017
It's common for children to send letters and wish lists to Santa, but one warm-hearted child chose to send a postcard to the cold-blooded fish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Thursday, March 02, 2017
Three puppies have been saved after a semi-miraculous survival saga in Salinas. And that's not the best part of the story.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
All the fuzzy, cute and compassionate work SPCA for Monterey County does on behalf of animals wouldn't exist without its graphic, ugly and cruel counter component.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Update: A trio of sweeties—Chicle, Churro and Sugar—emerged Feb. 3, 5 and 7, respectively. The owl box warming and hatchling party happens 5-7pm Saturday, Feb. 11.
Sunday, January 01, 2017
Coyote sightings are slightly up on the Monterey Peninsula, prompting officials to encourage people to keep pets indoors at night, and to take defensive measures to discourage both the predators and their prey from visiting neighborhoods.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
A commercial whale watching cruise took off for its regular Tuesday morning ride around Monterey Bay, and came upon a group of about two dozen offshore killer whales in deep water about 16 miles from Monterey Harbor Dec. 13.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Because they're the perfect gift for that loved one who has everything.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Rearing stranded otter pups to be returned to the wild: It would seem like one of those jobs where the sheer amount of whisker, cute and fuzz would render depression impossible.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Call it a comeback.
Monday, August 15, 2016
California Highway Patrol officials reported an endangered California condor was injured Monday afternoon after being hit by a vehicle on Highway 1 in Big Sur, but wildlife biologists responded to the scene and found that it was a turkey vulture.
Friday, August 05, 2016
Amid the chaos, loss and sadness of the Soberanes Fire, here emerges a small cupful of cute.
Monday, July 04, 2016
The Pacific Ocean is a vast landscape of water and sky, but each winter between California and Hawaii there exists a congregation of sharks called “White Shark Cafe," but scientists have little idea what they do there.
Saturday, July 02, 2016
Firework displays remain a fixture of Fourth of July celebrations, but the spectacle in the sky isn’t enjoyed by everyone. The ear-numbing noises from fireworks can frighten pets like dogs and cats, leading startled pets to franticly leave their homes.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Extinction may be near for an adorable marine mammal from northern Mexico.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
It's bound to be some jaw-fully good entertainment.
Monday, June 20, 2016
The giant Pacific octopus weaves its way through the tank, its long tentacles sticking to the glass.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Ventana Wildlife Society brings teens deep into Big Sur to work alongside condor biologists.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Condors 236 and 340 have found their spot.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Humans know far more about many planets in outer space than they do the deep sea on Earth.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has always made an effort to combine education along with their always-cool new exhibits.
The big cat named Cosmos loved to hunt in his garden.
Monday, March 07, 2016
Incredible sea otter fact #893: When sea otter pups are fully groomed by their mothers, they are so fluffy they are essentially unsinkable.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
It was fitting that I met Morty in the section reserved for cold and flu remedies at the North Fremont Street CVS, because nothing could have made me feel better than a moment of communion with a cool cat.
Monday, February 01, 2016
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a lot to offer. For over 25 years, endless exhibits have helped educate visitors on marine life and now the Aquarium is giving more back to its local base.