Archive for the ‘science’ Category

Whale Sightings Website

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The website records whale sightings, including sightings of our local gray whales.  Several areas of this website could be a  good resource for teachers and others who follow our local marine mammals.  The site has a useful focus on the seasonal transitions of migrating whales.

Whale Sightings Site:

Gray Whales:

Details on Half Moon Bay and Fitzgerald:

As an educational aid for teachers their resource sections are usually pretty extensive.

What Ship Is That?

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

When you gaze at the ocean from the beach or bluffs of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, you often can spot large ships and smaller boats just offshore. Check out this Live Ships Map at to see some of the shipping traffic that passes the San Mateo County coast.

Positional information is collected from transponders aboard vessels and used to help ships avoid collisions and give port authorities traffic control information. You can look up the traffic in other geographic areas on their web site as well.

The Sand Underfoot

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Compared to the sculpted, fractured, and life-laden rocks of the intertidal at FMR, the sand you walk on to get to them may seem pretty boring. Maybe the KQED Quest blog entry Sand: Hold a Mountain in Your Hand will change your perspective.

And Playing in the Sands is a site based on an educational poster (available for purchase on the site) that shows you close-up photos of sand from different locations around the world. Click on the small images in the lower pane to see them magnified in the upper pane. There is an amazing variety and some are quite beautiful.