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Sea Lion Strandings on the Rise

By Carisa Carlton, Special to the Independent A die-off of starving sea lion pups in Southern California last year was partly caused by a change in their food supply as sardine spawning grounds shifted to deeper water, scientists announced Tuesday. The findings come even as...

Confident a Humane Solution Exists

Editor, I was present at the City Council meeting last week when the concept for supportive housing for Laguna’s homeless was discussed. It was a respectful and open-hearted forum that enabled voices both pro and con to be heard. Concerns were raised that I, as a supporter of...

If not now, When? If not here, Where?

Editor, These simple questions put forth by a Planning Commission member last month encompass the heart of the matter concerning the live/work project proposed along Laguna Canyon Road. They succinctly distill the last seven years of unrelenting compliance on the part of the...

Sea Lion Attack Violates Federal Law

Editor, By now we are all very familiar with the recent story of the dog that attacked and killed a sea lion in our town. Let’s just keep it at that: ‘a‘ dog and ‘attacked and killed’.  Let’s forget whose dog it is and focus on what has...

Martini Madness Meliorates Marine Mammals

On Sept. 16, from 5:30- 7:30 p.m., the Madison Square & Garden Café will host the fourth annual Martini Madness benefitting Pacific Marine Mammal Center to promote awareness of the Center and its marine mammal rehabilitation and education programs. The evening will feature...

Watermen Glimpse a Great White Shark

Stand up paddlers Mike Geraci and Darren Eudaly, both of Laguna Beach, reported seeing what they believed to be an eight-foot great white shark about 150 yards offshore Agate Street Beach on Monday.   “The most frightening thing was when I saw him descend,” said Geraci, who...

Shorebirds Losing Footing Along Coastline

Floodlights and people taking over wildlife habitat Shorebirds are getting edged out of their habitat by humans along Laguna’s coastline, according to an on-going study by the Laguna Ocean Foundation. Ed Almanza, foundation vice-chairman and a geographer interested in...

An Angel Visits Sea Mammal Rescue Center

An anonymous animal lover stopped on Christmas Eve at Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center and stuffed a pile of bills eventually amounting to $5,700 into the hands of a surprised volunteer.  “I was so taken back by her generosity that tears started flowing down my face...