Tag Archives: San Diego

UC San Diego Scientists Making Waves With Ocean Bacteria

UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography have discovered a way to more efficiently develop potential drugs from ocean bacteria.

The full article can be found at http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/Jan/24/ucsd-scripps-moore-yamanaka/.

Essentially, researchers using ocean bacteria, which can not be grown in a lab, developed a new method to create previously unknown biological processes.  These new processes produce antibiotics which can be used to fight bacterium, such as MRSA.

Ocean Classroom Kids

Students who join us on our Sea Life Adventures, Ocean Classrooms, and youth fishing trips learn a simplified version of this story.  We emphasize the ocean’s importance to life on earth and our duty to keep it healthy.  While the story may be simplified, the main point we teach children is that the ocean is a resource filled with abundant life, both large and small, and we are continuing to learn about its potential.  The students onboard the Sea Star may one day become researchers at SIO and create lifesaving drugs.

We are thankful to have the researchers practically in our backyard just 3o minutes south of Oceanside harbor.  The bright minds in La Jolla are a resource locally, nationally, and internationally.

Curious and Playful Grey Whale Behavior

The grey whale makes one of the longest annual migrations of any mammal on Earth.  Traveling from the Bering Sea to Mexico’s warm-water lagoons, these whales search for a protected area to give birth to calves.  In the video below, a mother and her calf can be seen amusing the ecotourists onboard the ponga.  The…Continue Reading

Why are the large swells good for fishermen?

The large swells off the Southern California coast can be deadly for surfers, kayakers, and fishermen alike.  However, when the swells calm down, they bring life to California’s inshore sportfishing grounds. The large storm to the north of Oceanside produced very large waves this past weekend.  When this happened, upwelling occurred.  Upwelling is when the…Continue Reading

Whales and Anchovies…is there a connection?

We have recently uploaded our Ultimate Sea Life Adventure to Youtube.  Although it combines video from a few different trips, the clips accurately represent the sea life we encounter while on the Sea Star.  Blue whales, finback whales, dolphins, sea lions, humpback whales, and minke whales can be seen feeding, traveling, and having some care…Continue Reading