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Marine Science Today Guest Blog: Ocean Sanctuaries’ Citizen Science Programs
Apr 5th, 2015 by Michael Bear





Blue Shark off San Diego Credit: Michael Bear



By Michael Bear

Citizen Science Project Director

Ocean Sanctuaries

At Ocean Sanctuaries, we believe that the field of citizen science has finally come into its own in the 21st Century. With more and more divers and non-divers alike becoming aware of the critical state of both the oceans and even the planet itself, now is the time for citizen scientists to assist in the collection of scientific data in a scientifically sound manner, so that ocean managers can begin to assess what needs to be done to prevent further damage to the oceans.

In March of 2014, we established Ocean Sanctuaries as San Diego’s first ocean-related non-profit devoted almost exclusively to citizen science. There are many fine ocean non-profits in existence, but not too many specifically devoted to marine citizen science projects.

Read more: http://marinesciencetoday.com/2015/04/03/ocean-sanctuaries-citizen-science-programs/#ixzz3WSvPSkWO

California Diver Magazine: Ocean Sanctuaries Offers 2 Citizen Science Shark Programs
Mar 24th, 2015 by Michael Bear



Smooth Hammerhead shark  Photo credit: Kyle McBurnie

Smooth Hammerhead shark
Photo credit: Kyle McBurnie

“With Spring and Sevengill shark season right around the corner, Ocean Sanctuaries has two citizen science shark monitoring programs for California divers to choose from.”





Giant Limpet Spawning
Mar 19th, 2015 by


Limpets are in the mollusk family.


© 2015 Michael Bear

Painted Greenling
Feb 19th, 2015 by


Taken at Anchor Rock, off La Jolla Cove

© 2015 Michael Bear

Examiner: Ocean Sanctuaries Planning Marine Life Survey of Yukon Warship
Jan 11th, 2015 by Michael Bear



Beginning in early to mid- 2015, San Diego non-profit Ocean Sanctuaries is planning to give SCUBA divers an opportunity to contribute to a citizen science survey of the warship Yukon, which was sunk off the coast of San Diego back in 2000 and has served as a successful artificial reef ever since. The original marine life survey done by the San Diego Ocean Foundations in 2004 has provided a baseline study to follow up on after a decade.

See here for more information: http://www.examiner.com/article/ocean-sanctuaries-planning-marine-life-survey-of-warship-yukon

A Complete Tour of the Yukon: Inside and Out
Jan 11th, 2015 by


Somehow I forgot that I ever made this movie, or I never uploaded it to You Tube--in any event, here it is: for hard-core wreck divers, featuring our late, great friend 'NOAA Jim' on scooter back in 2010.

Good memories!

© 2010 Michael Bear

Octo Out in the Open in La Jolla Canyon
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© 2014 Michael Bear

Michael Maes and Ellen Cuylaerts: ‘Poetry eMotion’
Oct 28th, 2014 by Michael Bear

Poetry eMotion: “Byron Beholds Kona” from Michael Maes on Vimeo.

SD Expeditions: Mako and Hammerhead Meet Somewhere Off the Coast of San Diego
Oct 15th, 2014 by Michael Bear

A great video by Kyle McBurnie of  SD Expeditions/Ocean Sanctuaries of a Mako and Hammerhead swimming together, taken somewhere off the coast of San Diego.

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