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Does a plastic bag stuck on whale’s mouth indicate more ocean trash?

The floating object in the humpback whale’s path at first looked like an ocean sunfish, which are roundish and can often be seen lazily floating on the water’s surface. It wasn’t until photographer Mark Girardeau got home, where he could see the drone video he shot up close during an excursion aboard Newport Coastal Adventure, that he realized it was no fish, but instead was a plastic bag stuck in the whale’s mouth. Finally the whale was able to swim upside down and release the bag, but the mome...
Tags: News, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Beaches, Southern California, San Pedro, Ventura, Lax, Huntington Beach, Los Angeles County, Vicente, Palos Verdes, Mission Viejo


Warm 80 degree weather, strong winds and more surf on the way

Get ready for some summer vibes across Southern California in coming days. Warm weather will be showing up starting Thursday, getting into the upper 80s inland and mid-to-upper 70s along the coast – unusually warm for this time of year. Casey Oswant, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said temperatures could be 15 degrees to 20 degrees above average for mid-January, with the warmest day on Friday before dipping slightly into the weekend. “Sunday, in relative terms, it cools down, bu...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, Sport, Soccer, Community, Local News, Beaches, Southern California, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach Pier, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB


Sightings of gray whales and their babies a good sign for species

The gray whale moms swimming with their babies spotted along Southern California’s coastline this weekend were more than a cute sight – they were a sign of hope. The multiple sightings on Saturday, Jan. 9, with whale watching charters counting five different calf and cow pairs in Palos Verdes, Dana Point and Oceanside, offers a bit of good news for the species that has struggled in recent years. With current restrictions on gathering because of the ongoing pandemic, it’s going to be harder to...
Tags: News, California, Washington, Mexico, Oregon, Environment, Sport, Canada, Soccer, United States, Alaska, Noaa, West Coast, Local News, Beaches, Southern California


Pro surfing halted, events in Hawaii and Santa Cruz canceled or postponed

Surf fans will have to wait longer to cheer for their favorite pro surfer, with upcoming contests in Hawaii and Northern California affected by coronavirus concerns. The World Surf League announced it has cancelled the Sunset Open and is postponing for now a new event in Santa Cruz. The news follows a short, but shaky, start of the pro surfing season with the Billabong Pipe Masters having to be paused following staff members testing positive for coronavirus. The event was allowed to eventually f...
Tags: News, California, US, Fresno, Sport, Soccer, Hawaii, Surfing, Beaches, Santa Cruz, Maui, Northern California, Santa Monica, Oahu, San Clemente, Maui Pro


Surf’s up, again – winter swell season delivers with more to come

Arms feeling like spaghetti yet? Ears waterlogged? Maybe taking full advantage of that, um, “work-from-home” situation that allows for some extra time to catch waves? The winter surf season has been on full throttle in recent weeks, with the ocean delivering action-packed conditions along the Southern California coastline. Searching for bombing barrels? You can find them. Want peaky, punchy waves? No shortage of those either. A surfer nearly gets caught in a closing wave just north of the Hu...
Tags: National Weather Service, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Local News, Orange County, Pacific, Young, Beach, Beaches, Southern California, HUNTINGTON, Laguna Beach, Dana Point


High-surf advisory extended along coast as more swells arrive

The National Weather Service extended its high-surf advisory, which was due to expire early Wednesday, Jan. 6, as another swell showed up on the radar promising more west-northwest swells from Thursday night through Saturday. The high-surf advisory will be in effect until at least 6 p.m. on Saturday, though forecasts show strong surf again into next week. Orange County is expected to get 4- foot to 7-foot surf from Thursday evening through Saturday, according to the advisory. The Los Angeles are...
Tags: National Weather Service, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Local News, Orange County, Beaches, Southern California


Big surf heading to Southern California will bring exciting, but dangerous, start to new year

It will be a wild ride into 2021, with big surf heading to Southern California in the days ahead. A second round of swell, following beefy waves that showed up earlier this week, will roar onto local beaches, an exciting start to the year for experienced surfers, but one that will pose danger for the novice at the coast. A surfer gets some air off off a wave just south of the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach on the last day of 2020, Thursday, December 31, as another run of big swell...
Tags: National Weather Service, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Local News, Orange County, Nws, Beaches, Southern California, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana River, Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach Pier, Surfline


Efforts to clean trash from beaches are hampered by stay-at-home orders

The season’s “first flush” of rain water gushing down rivers and through storm drains brings with it heaps of trash and debris that lands at the coast, littering beaches and washing out to sea. Typically, groups are armed with bags and gloves, ready to gather by the hundreds to scoop up the detritus before it threatens wildlife and becomes part of the ocean. A shoe and other pieces of trash lay in the water near the beach at the mouth of the Santa Ana River in Huntington Beach on Thursday, D...
Tags: News, Environment, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Orange County, Malibu, Beaches, Bay, Southern California, Huntington Beach, South Bay, Newport Beach, Santa Ana River, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach


A wave of Southern California beach headlines swept in during 2020

Southern California beaches, the hundreds of miles of coastline that are one of the defining characteristics of the Golden State, weren’t just a place in 2020 to take a dip into the cool ocean or lay out a towel and relax on the warm sand. In 2020, the coastline became a reflection of how Southern Californians coped with, and reacted to, the coronavirus pandemic that shifted our culture this year. In some coastal towns, beaches were the line in the sand drawn by those who argued people needed a ...
Tags: Florida, News, California, Sport, Soccer, Hawaii, Long Beach, Manhattan, Local News, Orange County, Florence, Malibu, Beaches, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Maui


Long Beach beaches remain closed Sunday after sewage spill, more water tests planned for Monday

Beaches in Long Beach on Sunday were closed for a second day, and will likely remain closed until Tuesday, due to a spill that discharged around 50,000 gallons of untreated sewage into the Los Cerritos Channel. A Los Angeles County Department of Sanitation pump station lost power and failed on Saturday, discharging the sewage into the channel, city officials said. Judeth Luong, manager for Long Beach’s Environmental Health Bureau, said city workers would collect more samples from several spots a...
Tags: News, Sport, Soccer, Ocean, Long Beach, Water Pollution, Beaches, LA County, Luong, Hawaii Beach, Top Stories LBPT, Related Articles Long Beach, Health Bureau, Crime and Public Safety, Venice Beach Pro, Judeth Luong


Long Beach closes beaches after 50,000 gallons of sewage spill into Los Cerritos Channel

All beaches in Long Beach were temporarily closed Saturday, Dec. 26, after 50,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Los Cerritos Channel, city health officials said. Dr. Anissa Davis, Long Beach city health officer, ordered the closures, which stretch approximately seven miles, after the city received a report of the spill from the Los Angeles County Department of Sanitation, officials said. The spill occurred in Long Beach and reportedly occurred after a loss of power led to a pump station fai...
Tags: News, California, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Water Pollution, Beaches, LA County, Hawaii Beach, Top Stories LBPT, Anissa Davis, Crime and Public Safety, Catalina Island Camping, Venice Beach Pro, Los Cerritos Channel


Surfing Santas bring cheer, stoke to local beaches

Santa Claus seems to have taken a break from toy making – he’s been spotted surfing and spreading cheer at Southern California beaches. From Seal Beach to the South Bay, Surfing Santas have been a cheerful sight that stops beachgoers on the sand to marvel at the oh-so-California scene. In Seal Beach, M&M Surf School founder Michael Pless continued his three-decades-long tradition of riding waves in a Santa costume on the north side of the pier, something he’s been doing since the early ’90s. ...
Tags: News, California, Sport, Soccer, Levy, Community, Santa, Local News, Beaches, Southern California, Claus, South Bay, LA County, Hermosa Beach, Seal Beach, Hawaii Beach


Claim filed by widow of professional wrestler who died in rip current off Venice Beach

LOS ANGELES — The widow of former professional wrestler Shad Gaspard, whose body was found in May along the shoreline near the Venice Pier after he was caught in a rip current, filed court papers Monday against the state of California, Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles, alleging negligence and dangerous condition of public property. Siliana Gaspard alleges there were insufficient signs warning of the dangers of swimming there, that lifeguards who tried to rescue her husband and his ...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lapd, Wrestling, Beaches, Venice Beach, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles County, Gaspard, LAFD, Top Stories LADN, Ocean Front Walk


Buggy sucks up nasty nurdles on beaches

Four friends who spent their spare time diving saw the bigger picture and started an organisation to defend the blue The post Buggy sucks up nasty nurdles on beaches appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, Pollution, Conservation, Oceans, Plastic, Cape Town, Vacuum, Beaches, Top Six, SeaTheBiggerPicture, Chris Krauss, EnviroBugger, Luigi Faccio, Tash Krauss


Pro surfing contest suspended after staff members test positive for coronavirus in Hawaii

Pro surfing is back on dry land. The first professional surfing contests of the year saw a massive wipe out after World Surf League staff members tested positive for coronavirus, just as the Billabong Pipe Masters was heating up. The news came just days after a shark attack in Maui near the contest site put a halt on the women’s event. The WSL officials made the announcement that the men’s contest was suspended on Saturday after the positive COVID-19 tests, which included CEO Erik Logan. The WSL...
Tags: News, Sport, Soccer, Hawaii, Local News, Beaches, Maui, LA County, Hawaii State Department of Health, Wsl, Erik Logan, Surfline, Amazon Disney, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


Beach hazards warning issued for LA County coast, including Catalina Island

LOS ANGELES — A “beach hazards” warning was in effect in Los Angeles County, including Santa Catalina Island, through Tuesday night, authorities said Monday. The warning was issued by the National Weather Service because of the possibility of dangerous rip currents and breaking waves due to expected elevated surf of 3 to 6 feet. No significant damage is expected. Also, high tides around 7 feet each morning may produce minor coastal flooding, officials said. The warning also affects Santa Barbara...
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Camping banned under latest order, but what other outdoor activities are allowed?

Put away the tents and sleeping bags, but you can still get a thrill on a snowboard or explore a hiking trail to get outdoors. Since the coronavirus pandemic started earlier this year, Southern California’s natural areas have become a place where people seek a spot away from crowds, a way to get out of the house safely, and enjoy a bit of respite in nature. But this latest round of regional shutdowns by the state has some outdoor areas closed off to avoid transmission of the virus, though there ...
Tags: News, California, Cdc, Sport, Soccer, Community, Local News, Orange County, San Bernardino Mountains, Beaches, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, National Park Service, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Joshua Tree


Marine mammals dying from plastics in large numbers

Amid the growing call for reducing the use of plastics, the environmental group Oceana has issued the first ever compilation of the material’s gruesome impact on sea turtles and marine mammals in U.S. waters, with rare animals at a particular risk of dying. The most common cause of death in the cases documented for the report was plastic ingestion, which disrupts ingestion and leads to starvation, though strangulation and drownings were also reported. Of the 1,792 deaths examined in the report, ...
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Lower Trestles will host 2021 surfing world championship finals event

Mark your calendars surf fans, the world’s best are set to come to town next year to battle for a world championship at Lower Trestles just south of San Clemente. In a drastic change to professional surfing’s longtime format, the World Surf League announced Tuesday a men’s and women’s championship title event called the WSL Finals that will happen on just one day in September 2021, rather than a champ crowned based on points accumulated throughout the competitive year. In past years, some surfer...
Tags: News, Australia, California, Sport, Soccer, Hawaii, Local News, Beaches, North Shore, Southern California, Santa Cruz, Maui, Santa Monica, Roxy, Logan, Oahu


Experts recommend stay out of ocean after “first flush” or risk getting sick

The waves looked enticing Monday morning: a lingering swell offering fun-size surf, a light offshore breeze helping the waves perfectly peel toward shore and the sun shining bright for the first time in days. But looks can be deceiving. Mixing in the saltwater near shorelines across Southern California was bacteria-laced urban runoff that had rushed down to the ocean with the season’s first storm that hit over the weekend. Known as the “first flush” it left gross – and unhealthy – conditions alo...
Tags: News, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Orange County, Beaches, Bay, Southern California, Santa Monica, Garcia, Orange County Register, Santa Ana River, Solis, Dana Point


Surfers get late-season thrills before wave of winter weather

Surfers took to the Southern California water on Thursday, Nov. 5, as a southern hemisphere swell showed up, typical for summer but rarer this time of year. Out on their boards, they enjoyed a beefy, 3- to 5-foot waves at stand-out spots along the coastline. Surfers wait for waves at T-Street Beach south of the pier in San Clemente, CA, on Thursday, November 5, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Beach-goers at T-Street Beach south of the pier in San Clemente, CA, o...
Tags: News, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Beaches, Southern California, Orange County Register, Coastal Cleanup, San Clemente CA, Jeff Gritchen, Surfline, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories Breeze, Orange County Register SCNG, T Street Beach


Swell to bring bigger surf to Southern California, along with dangers

A late season south swell will roar into Southern California late Thursday, bringing thrills for local surfers but also dangers for beachgoers seeking to enjoy summer-like weather before a drastic dip in temperature this weekend. Waves will reach the 3- to 5-foot range by late Thursday and Friday, and up to 4- to 6-feet and larger by Saturday, as a west swell is expected to show up. Waves will drop just slightly to 3- to 5-feet by Sunday and ease even more by early next week, according to surf f...
Tags: News, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Beaches, Southern California, Coastal Cleanup, Surfline, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Mickley, Newport Landing


There’s been a spike in tagged sharks off Southern California this year, but where are they hanging out?

Just when marine scientists think they’ve figured out what great white shark patterns might be off the Southern California coast, the sea creatures change course. “It’s one of those unusual years, but we don’t know why,” said Chris Lowe, director of the Shark Lab in Long Beach. “That’s the part that is kind of alluring and frustrating at the same time.” The Shark Lab has been doing aerial surveys from San Diego to Santa Barbara using helicopters and drones to do a census of sharks and attempt ...
Tags: News, California, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Long Beach, El Nino, Local News, Santa Barbara, Beaches, Southern California, Santa Cruz, Great White Shark, Lowe, Monterey Bay, Long Beach California


Trash from Coastal Cleanup month shows COVID’s impact

There were the usual cigarette butts and bottle caps that made the Top 10 list. But this year, there were new trends when looking at the data compiled during Coastal Cleanup Month, with preliminary reports released this week showing what volunteers scooped up on the beaches, waterways, parks and neighborhoods throughout the state during the month of September. Discarded personal protective equipment, or PPE, from the pandemic made the Top 10 list for the first time. Plastic bags, banned in the s...
Tags: News, California, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Local News, Orange County, Pacific Ocean, Beaches, Santa Monica, Schwartz, Los Angeles County, California Coastal Commission, Laguna Beach


Masks, other PPE and food-related trash show impacts of coronavirus during Coastal Cleanup month

There were the usual cigarette butts and bottle caps that made the Top 10 list. But this year, there were new trends when looking at the data compiled during Coastal Cleanup Month, with preliminary reports released this week showing what volunteers scooped up on the beaches, waterways, parks and neighborhoods throughout the state during the month of September. Discarded personal protective equipment, or PPE, from the pandemic made the Top 10 list for the first time. Plastic bags, banned in the s...
Tags: News, California, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Local News, Orange County, Pacific Ocean, Beaches, Santa Monica, Schwartz, Los Angeles County, California Coastal Commission, Laguna Beach


Massive 364.5-pound bluefin tuna is Newport Landing 62-year record

Adonis Soriano knew it was a big catch on the end of his line – but had no idea it would be a record-breaking fish. Soriano, a 29-year-old Hawthorne fisherman, is still in disbelief after snagging a 364.5-pound bluefin tuna recently, the largest ever caught on a Newport Landing and Davey’s Locker charter in its 62 years of operating. Adonis Soriano, a 29-year-old angler from Hawthorne, caught a 364.5 pound fish on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, a record in Newport Landing’s 62-year history. (Photo co...
Tags: Japan, News, California, Sport, Soccer, Honduras, Local News, Beaches, Southern California, Soriano, Martin, South Bay, Laguna Beach, Hawthorne, Davey, Palos Verdes


Rescued harbor seal thriving in the ocean off Laguna Beach

Cindy Belkowiche has spent hundreds of hours caring for sick and injured marine mammals, watching as they grow strong enough to go back to the wild. Recently, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center volunteer went scuba diving at Treasure Island Beach. Before heading in, she saw some harbor seals pop their heads out of the water and wondered what were the chances she’d encounter one she knew. “We got into the water, I had my camera with me, and two swam right by us,” she said. “As I started to film, I ...
Tags: News, California, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Palmer, San Diego, Seaworld, Local News, Orange County, Beaches, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Sausalito, Huntington Beach, Irvine


Marine mammal rescue centers report average year, are cheered by one rescue spotted living happy life

Cindy Belkowiche has spent hundreds of hours caring for sick and injured marine mammals, watching as they grow strong enough to go back to the wild. Recently, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center volunteer went scuba diving at Treasure Island Beach. Before heading in, she saw some harbor seals pop their heads out of the water and wondered what were the chances she’d encounter one she knew. “We got into the water, I had my camera with me, and two swam right by us,” she said. “As I started to film, I ...
Tags: News, California, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Palmer, San Diego, Seaworld, Local News, Orange County, Beaches, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Sausalito, Huntington Beach, Irvine


The surf spot making waves for So Cal surfers? An artificial wave in Waco, Texas

There’s no need to check the surf forecast – the surfers seeking waves at this remote spot, set in rural Texas hours away from the salt-water ocean, don’t have to rely on Mother Nature bringing a swell. At the BSR Surf Ranch in Waco, the surf is always up. And for Southern California surfers flocking to the artificial waves, that’s part of the lure. The BSR Surf Ranch has Southern California surfers packing their bags for Waco, Texas for waves. (Photo courtesy of Tom Cozad) The waves at BS...
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Heat wave hits, but beware of big surf, rip currents if hitting the beach

A sizable swell rolled into Southern California this week, with waves on Wednesday giving surfers a thrill, but also bringing dangerous conditions to the coast. Waves were in the 4-foot to 6-foot range at south-facing beaches throughout Orange County and 3-foot to 5-foot at some spots along Los Angeles’ coastline, according to forecast site Surfline.com. Surf was even bigger at stand-out spots like the Wedge in Newport Beach, where some waves hit upward of 10 feet, drawing a crowd who watched as...
Tags: National Weather Service, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Orange County, Beaches, Southern California, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Dana Point, Doheny State Beach, Surfline, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR