This Talk with a Tail is Oceana: The Amazing Animals that live in the Sea, part 1.
Featuring an in-depth interview with Nate Sandel.
Nate Sandel Photo Credit: codifyer
Nate is the Education Director of the Columbia River Maritime Museum located in Astoria, Oregon.
A wonderful speaker and teacher. So dedicated to his subject – he brought show and tell to the radio interview!
He was a wealth of information and details about the marine creatures that live in the Pacific Northwest Ocean.
We have California Sea lions, Grey, Blue, Humpback, and Fin Whales, Orcas and Harbor Porpoises, 15 kinds of Shark, all types of crustaceans & fish, plus many bird species.
Harbor Porpoise Ear Bone Photo Credit: codifyer
He turned me on to ARKive – a Nature video site where you can find wonderful films of all sorts of animals and post your own.
Having an abundance of Marine Life is not without problems.
California Sea lions, for example, are felt to impinge on commercial fishing.
Only males live in Oregon waters. They come here to feed and go back down to California to breed.
According to the Oregon Mammal Marine Stranding Network, most of the dead or dying Sea lions on our beaches have been shot.
It is a felony for a member of the public to injure or kill a Sea lion in Oregon.
However, they are regularly hot ironed branded, removed, or chemically euthanized by the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife as a form of environmental management.
California Sea Lion Skull Photo Credit: codifyer
According to Nate, there are no more Sea Otters off the Oregon Coast. They have become extinct in this area for reasons unknown.
Sea Otters are one of the most fascinating Beings, and Nate’s favorite.
He told me many wonderful facts about their way of being – including their tool use and the evolution of a pocket where they keep them on their bodies.
Sea Otter Pockets Photo credit : Oregon Coast Aquarium
Sea Otter Skull Photo Credit: codifyer
Sea Otter Interior Photo Credit: codifyer
I thank Nate Sandel for contributing to Animal Gab Radio and spending his time to educate us all on the amazing animals that live around us.
I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.
The next Animal Gab Radio program is Oceana, part 2 featuring an interview with the Seaside Aquarium and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and Lynn Buckmaster, Ocean Environmentalist and specialist on Plastic Marine Pollution.
All the sounds on this Talk with a Tail are of the Ocean and Free Animals.
Thanks for listening!