Creating ocean partnerships to protect wildlife.
Our projects are designed to connect the community with marine wildlife.
Learn more and help us report on these animals to promote conservation efforts.
Raising Ocean Awareness
Often called the “Blue Serengeti”, due to the abundance of marine life living or in transit here, the Southern California Bight encompasses the Pacific Ocean from Point Conception to the US/Mexico border.
Animals that can be found here include Risso’s dolphins, leatherback sea turtles, and the largest of all animals on the planet, the blue whale, to name a few. These animals have been in the ocean for millions of years.
In just the past few centuries, a blink of an eye, humans have had such a devastating impact on the health of our ocean, that many species have drastically declined. Sadly, some have already gone extinct – eradicated from this planet – never to be seen again.
There is so much we are just learning about ocean wildlife and there is still a vast amount of information we do not know. Our goal at Saving Ocean Wildlife is to educate the public with the knowledge we have about these animals and the threats to their survival so that as a community we can take steps to save these species from extinction.
Reporting of Animal Sightings
Part of raising awareness is identifying the animals that are in our ocean and what threats exist to them. Our reporting program encourages the public to engage with us by telling us what animals they are seeing. If someone spots a dead dolphin on a beach, we need to know about it so we can notify the appropriate authorities to study the animal, determine cause of death and better understand threats to their safety.
If a boater spots a whale that is entangled, calling the Entanglement Reporting hotline allows rescue teams to be deployed to save the whale. When people observe live animals, it is critical to share that information with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) as they need more information on the numbers and locations of these animals to help them determine trends in populations and movement patterns.
Taking wildlife observation a step further, we build upon wildlife reporting by hosting regular monitoring trips to actively collect data in the near-shore environment.
Any member of the public can volunteer to participate in our land-based or on-the-water monitoring program.
We work with partners in other locations to collect and share information on different species to provide more scientific data to the government agencies responsible for the protection of marine wildlife.
We anticipate beginning the program at the end of 2020 if funding permits.