Heal the Bay Blog

For the past two years, Heal the Bay has helped to bring hands-on science and provide meaningful experiences for elementary students as partners with teaching collaborative, Education by Nature, headed by Children’s Nature Institute. …
Marine science classroom common core standards Magnolia Elementary children
“Mom, I have a headache”…..“It must be that radiation you got surfing the other day …” BUSTED
Frankie Orrala, our Pier Angler Outreach Manager, introduces us to one of the more unusual animals in the Bay. The lizard fish is a unique creature that inhabits the coast of California. It has a long brown body, which serves as camouflage in the san…
Lizard Fish California Angler fishing ocean beach science
With the one-year anniversary of the establishment of California’s statewide network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) coming up on Dec. 19, we wanted to highlight some of the recent coastal use trends we’re seeing in Los Angeles MPAs, with data c…
Marine Protected Area Southern California volunteer coast ocean beach sunset
How many of us know that the largest underwater Superfund site is in our own backyard? Throughout the 1940s-70s more than 100 tons of DDT and PCBs were dumped into our local waters, deposited in an area known as the Palos Verdes shelf. But some recen…
Palos Verdes PCBs DDT Environmental Protection Agency contamination
Staff scientist Dana Murray reports on a mysterious disease hitting West Coast tidal zones: Missing limbs … melting masses of flesh … gooey lesions overtaking the entire body. No, it’s not the stuff of a sci-fi horror movie. Rather, it’s a tr…
Local Sea Stars Under Siege from wasting disease
We don’t take clean water for granted and we know you don’t either. Whether you’ve joined us at one of our beach cleanups, visited our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium or donated funds when you could, you’ve shown us how deeply committed you are to…
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CEO Ruskin Hartley gets up close with the wonders of the Bay. For the last eight weeks or so I have largely been looking at Santa Monica Bay from the shore. Since moving to Los Angeles, I’ve enjoyed playing in the waves and swimming along the shore…
Since 1985, we’ve partnered with people like you – volunteers, supporters and sustainers -- to make Southern Californian waters safer, healthier and cleaner. And 2014 will prove no different. As another year closes, it’s a good time to reflec…
2014 whale orcas marine mammal donate Heal the Bay clean water Aquarium
As the nation takes stock on this Giving Tuesday, think about what the Bay means to you and your family. We can’t take our region's greatest resource for granted. If you're not already a supporter, please make this the day to donate to Heal the Bay…
Giving Tuesday December 3 #GivingTuesday Heal the Bay