Just look west. Right off our coastline is the majesty and wonder of the Pacific Ocean. From the largest mammal to the smallest microbe, our oceans house an abundance of life like no other place on our planet. Though much of it is unexplored, the parts we know are teeming with marine wildlife. Here on shore, surfers, sailors, divers and more treasure this abundance.
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That’s why so many stood up and spoke out on behalf of these special places in response to President Trump’s April 30 executive order, which initiates a review of the designation or expansion of 11 national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments.
Along the California coast, four national marine sanctuaries are in danger: Channel Islands, Cordell Bank, Greater Farallones and Monterey Bay. These areas are home to astounding numbers and varieties of fish, marine mammals and shorebirds and provide invaluable recreation and education opportunities.
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a premier whale and dolphin watching spot. It is visited annually by more than 27 species of whales and dolphins, including endangered blue, fin and sei whales.
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, located west of Point Reyes, boasts seals, sea lions, whales and seabirds from across the Pacific.
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge into the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, home to a quarter …read more
Source:: The Mercury News