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Into the Deep with Elephant Seals

Into the Deep with Elephant Seals

Thousands of northern elephant seals — some weighing up to 4,500 pounds — make an annual migration to breed each winter at Año Nuevo State Reserve, on the San Mateo County coast. Marine biologists are using high-tech tools to explore the secrets of these amazing creatures, which can hold their breath for an hour and dive a mile below the surface.

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Science on the SPOT: Life on the Farallones

Science on the SPOT: Life on the Farallones

The Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco are a vital home to many birds and marine mammals. QUEST visits the Farallones and sees what life is like for scientists working in this forbidding and inhospitable world.

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Producer's Notes: "The Great White Shark Song" Live!

Producer's Notes: "The Great White Shark Song" Live!

So to celebrate the return of the great white sharks the the Farallon Islands and the opening of the new Farallones exhibit at Cal Academy, QUEST presents “The Great White Shark Song: Live at the Farallones!” by Andy Brandy Casagrande IV.

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Web Extra: Marine Sanctuary Patrol Flight Slideshow

Web Extra: Marine Sanctuary Patrol Flight Slideshow

Check out behind-the-scenes photos from Science on the SPOT's "Marine Sanctuary Patrol Flight" story.

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Producer's Notes: The Great White Shark: Meet the Man in the Gray Suit

Producer's Notes: The Great White Shark: Meet the Man in the Gray Suit

Like many people, I'm fascinated with sharks. I can't remember a time when they did not interest me.

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The Farallon Islands – "California's Galapagos"

The Farallon Islands – "California's Galapagos"

Lying 28 miles off the coast of San Francisco, the Farallon Islands sit amid one of the most productive marine food webs on the planet and host the largest seabird breeding colony in the continental United States. QUEST ventures out for a rare visit to learn what life is like on the islands and meet the scientists who call this incredibly wild place home.

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Producer's Notes: The Farallon Islands—"California's Galapagos"

Producer's Notes: The Farallon Islands—"California's Galapagos"

Lying 28 miles off the coast of San Francisco, the jagged silhouette of the Farallon Islands disrupts the clean line of the horizon. This foreboding knot of rocks sits amid one of the most
productive marine food webs on the planet and hosts the largest seabird breeding colony in the continental United States. QUEST ventures out for a rare visit to learn what life is like on the islands and meet the scientists who call this incredibly wild place home.

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Web Extra: Farallon Islands History Timeline

Web Extra: Farallon Islands History Timeline

The Farallon Islands, precariously perched just a few miles from the edge of the North American continental shelf, are home to an incredible array of wildlife, from tiny Auklets to Great White Sharks, The islands have played a surprising role in the cultural, economic, and technological development of the city of San Francisco. This timeline outlines the landmark events between Sir Francis Drake's landing in 1579 and the present day.

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Web Extra: Visit to the Farallon Islands – Audio Slideshow

Web Extra: Visit to the Farallon Islands – Audio Slideshow

Get a behind-the-scenes look of QUEST's trip to the Farallones and find out what's it's like to live on these rocky, remote islands – for both the birds and the scientists who study them.

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Exploring the Farallon Islands

Exploring the Farallon Islands

Established as a national wildlife refuge 100 years ago, the Farallon Islands are centered in one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world. While off limits to the public, a handful of scientists study this unique habitat, a breeding ground for marine mammals and hundreds of thousands of birds. Explore the sights and history of the largest island for yourself with this interactive map.

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Underwater Wilderness: Creating Marine Protected Areas

Underwater Wilderness: Creating Marine Protected Areas

California waters are some of the richest in the world. But declines in fish species have led state leaders to begin creating large protected areas, or "no fishing zones," similar to wilderness areas on land. Although controversial with some fishing groups, the zones may help bring back fish, birds and marine mammals currently on the brink.

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One Fish, Two Fish: The Science of Protecting Sea Life

One Fish, Two Fish: The Science of Protecting Sea Life

This fall, fishing was banned or sharply limited in 18 percent of California's ocean waters from Half Moon Bay to Santa Barbara under a landmark state plan. But that was only the first part. Now, scientists need to see how fast sea life recovers. QUEST finds out: how do you count the fish in the sea?

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"Astro" the Wayward Steller Sea Lion (web only)

"Astro" the Wayward Steller Sea Lion (web only)

Each year the Marine Mammal Center treats between 500 and 1200 sick and injured animals, but there are always one or two that stand out from the pod. This time it was a Steller Sea Lion named "Astro."

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Fur Seal Pup Rehab

Fur Seal Pup Rehab

QUEST sails out with the Marine Mammal Center as researchers release fur seals that stranded themselves on California beaches and try to understand their mysterious behavior.

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