Don’t Blame the Sardines: California Sea Lion Strandings
May16

Don’t Blame the Sardines: California Sea Lion Strandings

By Carisa Carlton Sardines moving offshore are not to blame for the high number of California sea lion strandings in Southern California. Southern California has seen an unusually high number of sea lion pup strandings over the past couple of years. The heightened number of (stranded) animals closely mimics last year’s crisis when over 370 marine mammals came ashore in 2013 in need of medical attention, the Pacific Marine Mammal...

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Catching Lobster | Laguna Beach
Sep28

Catching Lobster | Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton In Laguna Beach, the area from Abalone Point in Irvine Cove to Goff Point at Treasure Island Beach is a marine reserve. From there, a state conservation area extends to Seacliff Drive at Table Rock Beach. Taking living marine resources is prohibited in both of the new areas, roughly five miles of coastline, and South Laguna’s waters are regulated by the less-restrictive Dana Point conservation area. Under its...

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Getting to Laguna Beach, California
Sep16

Getting to Laguna Beach, California

By Carisa Carlton Laguna Beach is small and there’s only three ways in and three ways out. Surrounded by canyons to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the north, west, and south, Laguna Beach offers a dreamy drive. You can take the Highway 5 to Canyon Road or 133, and drive through a protected green belt canyon on windy two-lane roads that drop you into the heart of Laguna Beach; or you can drive from Newport Beach south on...

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Surviving Laguna Beach Rip Currents
Jul26

Surviving Laguna Beach Rip Currents

By Carisa Carlton Surfing, snorkeling, or just playing in the water, the ocean is a place for forming lifelong memories. Most people leave the beach satisfied with their refreshing experiences, yet thousands of visitors get caught in terrifying rip currents each year.  With much appreciation, Laguna Beach has a well establish fund for providing life guards to protect swimmers from accidents, but they provide no educational material to...

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