The waters of the California Current yield a complex broth of planktonic organisms that form the base of an elaborate food web that many naturalists have compared to the species-rich Serengeti ecosystem of Africa. Every year, turtles, seals, fish, and seabirds travel great distances to feast in the current's distinct biological oases and feeding sites. Apex predators, such as the California gray whale, humpback whale, salmon shark, and bluefin tuna, undertake extensive north-south migrations within the current to find enough to eat. The California Current energizes us to celebrate and protect a marine ecosystem integral to the myriad fisheries, coastal communities, and cultures of the Pacific coast.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
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I enjoyed reading this book, and I especially liked the historical context. There were a lot of things that I wasn't aware of that now make more sense!--Daniel P. Costa, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz