, 2022-12-16 05:49:51,
The Santa Barbara Channel is like an underwater national park with marine mammals, seabirds, fish and even shipwrecks.
Ocean currents from the north and south meet and mix here to create an ideal feeding grounds for marine life.
“Just the other day I was flying over the channel and we counted over 40 humpback whales in a rather small region feeding on fish,” said Sean Hastings, the Policy Management and Information Officer for the Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary—part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA.
We met at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, close to his office, and sat in the museum’s library which is filled with books that are different shades of blues and greens—the colors you’d expect books about the ocean to be.
Hastings continues his story about a recent flight over the channel spotting all those whales.
“That’s quite a lot of blubber out there. And with that, you need a rich ocean environment to sustain those animals. And…
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