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One Planet: Why Are Sick And Dead Marine Animals Washing Up On California Beaches?

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
May 15, 2019 file photo, a dead whale lies near shore in Pacifica, California


On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll discuss the alarming increase in the number of sick and dead marine animals washing up on California beaches.

This year, 103 gray whales have been found dead. In June, 20 dead dolphins were found along the California coast, and hundreds of starving sea lion pups are washing up on Northern and Southern California beaches. What explains the rise and what’s being done to save them?


Dr. Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at The Marine Mammal Center

Maureen Flannery, Ornithology and Mammalogy Collection Manager at the California Academy of Sciences


Web Resources:

The Marine Mammal Center

California Academy Of Sciences

Quartz: Scientists are worried that a thousand gray whales have died so far this year

LA Times: Must Reads: Sick marine mammals turning up on California beaches in droves

SF Weekly: Rising Number of Starving Young Sea Lions Alarms Marine Vets


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.