MARINE MAMMALS

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This segment of Sound Ecology shares remarkable facts about the ubiquitous coastal resident, the harbor seal.


A humpback whale was recently freed from entanglement in fishing gear off of Crescent City's shore.

HSU President Lisa Rossbacher celebrates the collaborative effort to save the whale's life.


 Marine mammalogist Dr. Dawn Goley is the director of the HSU Marine Mammal Stranding Program, which responds to reports of dead stranded marine mammals from the public and regularly monitors beaches for stranded marine mammals in Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino counties. The program has documented several uncommon whale and dolphin species, sea turtles, and two sea otters in the last twenty years, and serves as an early warning system for catastrophic events like the California sea lion die-off in the past two years.