Albino dolphins, sunfish off coast in Dana Point

Albino dolphins, sunfish off coast in Dana Point

Naturalists would have had a couple of A+ field days down in Orange County this past weekend because folks aboard a Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching vessel got a taste of nature at her most unusual – two, possibly rare albino dolphins and an estimated 2,200 pound sunfish (better known as a mola mola).

Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals

Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals

Gordon Grice | Dial Press. This is the kind of book you don’t give to people like my mother who gravitate toward thinking the worst of any situation. That cute little dog over there? A killer. What about those charming circus elephants? Murderers. And don’t even think that a mere butterfly is safe…

Humpies on humpday

Humpies on humpday

Folks aboard the Condor Express out of Santa Barbara got an extra scoop this week, with the vessel’s first humpback whale sighting of the season, writes Pete Thomas in his Outdoor Action and Adventure blog. Six or more of the cetaceans were spotted. Pete reports: “We’ve heard rumors of these beasts coming back into the […]

They’re Baaaaack!

They’re Baaaaack!

This is the season when the historic cliff swallows wing their way back toward the most famous mission in California, San Juan Capistrano.

Lizards Love Company

Lizards Love Company

Forget about that classic image of a loner lizard, only out for himself as he scurries into the darkness with his cold-blood pumping throughout his solitary scaly body. The online magazine OnEarth recently reports that “cold-blooded doesn’t mean antisocial at all” in a new article by writer Kim Tingley who recaps what scientists are discovering […]

No help for rare SoCal butterfly

No help for rare SoCal butterfly

One of Southern California’s rarest butterflies, the Hermes copper, was denied endangered status on April 14 and was placed on the growing list of “candidate” species. “Sprawl and huge wildfires threaten to wipe out this beautiful butterfly,” said Ileene Anderson, a biologist at the Center for Biological Diversity, an organization that has been seeking protection […]

When the Killing’s Done

When the Killing’s Done

T.C. Boyle | Viking Press. Rats, feral pigs and eagles play important roles in T.C. Boyle’s thirteenth novel that’s based on real events that took place on the Northern California Channel Islands where an ecosystem — twisted by humans and introduced invasive species – has been struggling to survive for hundreds of years.

New “Old” Bones at the Page Museum

New “Old” Bones at the Page Museum

Sure, we got a diverse wildlife palette here in present day Southern California, but at one point in time; say about 40,000 years ago, this region was a mecca of thriving beasties with curvy claws, hairy humpsand scary wicked dental appendages.

Rare Pod of Sperm Whale Seen off Coast

Did they take a wrong turn or are they off sightseeing? Whatever the reason, a large pod of sperm whales was recently spotted off the SoCal Coast past Santa Catalina Island – and lucky for scientists who were onboard a whale-watching boat and managed to snap some great pictures. According to the Orange County Register: […]