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Marine Mammals of California Ocean Users’ Guide


View Waterproof Ocean Users' Guide Developed by Marine Life Studies, "Marine Mammals of California"

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA (September 2012) – In the spring of 2011, as part of the National Geographic Society’s Ocean Initiative and Education Programs, Marine Life Studies received a grant to create a field guide about ocean conservation and marine mammals for the central California coast. This was part of an Ocean Recreation Community Outreach Program. This project was funded by a grant from the National Geographic Education Program through the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation. The waterproof ocean users’ guide, “Marine Mammals of Northern California”, was developed to educate a  broad range of the ocean recreational community.The guides were distributed across a broad range of marine related businesses, organizations and schools throughout the Monterey Bay area and central coast of California. Marine Life Studies volunteers distributed the guide to schools in Salinas, Castroville and Watsonville as well. Marine Life Studies distributed to schools in these areas as often times they are left out since they are not directly on the coast. It is vital to reach out to this section of the population since the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is practically in their backyard.

The overwhelming success of the guide spurred Marine Life Studies to create a new waterproof ocean users’ guide that includes all species of marine mammals that may be seen anywhere along the California coast. The new guide, “Marine Mammals of California”, debuted at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival, September 24 - 30, 2012, at the Portola Hotel and Spa, Monterey, California. Now updated for 2018!



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The new ocean users’ guide “Marine Mammals of California” is funded in part by grants from several organizations:

  • Monterey County Fish and Game Commission
  • International Fund of Animal Welfare
  • NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service/Southwest Region Protected Resources Division
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA’s OLE Division


The ocean users’ guide, “Marine Mammals of California”, is printed on durable waterproof paper.