What threats do dolphins and other marine mammals face? 

Back in April, a 48 foot-long sperm whale was found on a beach in Pacifica called Mori Point. A lot of people had gathered around the whale to bear witness to its death. They inspected the animal’s internal organs, nervously poked its cracked flesh when no one was looking, and took a few selfies in the process. Mostly though? People want to know how this animal died - and if we had anything to do with it.

What are Velella Velella?

Jul 23, 2015
Jessica Placzek

Over the past few months, millions of velella velella have been washing up all along the California coast. They’re blue jellyfish-like creatures with tentacles hanging beneath the surface of the water, and a ridge that sits above it. But when velella velella are beached, their gelatin bodies bake in the sun and they harden to resemble something that looks like a Pringle.


The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival will screen over 40 films from more than a dozen countries beginning this week.  Executive Director Ana Blanco stopped by KALW to give us a preview of this year’s program.

"When I go to the ocean now I realize, that what might be happening to us here locally, is probably happening to somebody else halfway around the world as well."

Under CC license from Flickr user Matt McGee

When we talk about climate change, it’s easy to get stuck in our terrestrial mammal mindset. Let’s face it: most of us are total dry land chauvinists. The only time we even notice something’s happening to the ocean is when it’s gnawing away at our coastline. But something else is going on just beneath the surface. Certain sections of the ocean are losing oxygen – and that’s just as bad for sea creatures as it would be for us.