Tag Archives: marine science

Gray Whales in a Changing Environment

The North Pacific gray whale has been called an “ecosystem sentinel” because it appears this species responds to large-scale environmental changes. Global climate change may ultimately make the biggest impact on these ocean giants.

Join us as special guests Wayne Perryman and Dave Weller of Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA) discuss how novel information on gray whales is reshaping scientists’ understanding of this species.

Watch “Gray Whales in a Changing Environment” and make sure to check out all of our ocean science videos from the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

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Marine Science Looks to the (Sea) Stars

First things first, don’t call them starfish – they’re sea stars. It makes sense, really; there’s not much that’s “fishy” about these beautiful creatures.

Extremely sensitive to shifts in temperature, the ochre sea star is considered a “keystone species” for monitoring the effect of changing air and ocean temperatures on California’s marine life.

In the latest edition of UCTV Prime Cuts, Eric Sanford of the UC Davis Bodega Bay Marine Lab puts these beautiful creatures to the test, using their appetite for mussels as the yardstick.

Marine Science Looks to the (Sea) Stars – UCTV Prime Cuts

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