Making Asilomar More Accessible

Funded by fees on those whale tail license plates.

That’s thanks to a grant from the California Coastal Commission, which was used to purchase a sand-friendly beach wheelchair and beach walker for disabled visitors to the beach and Conference Grounds.

“I think this site is a really good place for that money to be spent because we have so many people staying here because of the conference grounds,” said Lisa Bradford, an interpreter there who handles tours and educational programs. “There’s a built-in audience here.”

Bradford applied for the grant money that purchased the new equipment. Funding in the amount of $3,470 paid for both the wheelchair and walker and came out of the Coastal Commission’s Whale Tail Grants Program, which distributes money for programs that educate about the value of coastal resources.

Making Asilomar More Accessible

Four Killer Whales Spotted in Harbor

Tourists looking for In ‘N’ Out Burger.

Stemler noticed that the local harbor seals jumped out of the way quickly and scampered on to docks as if they were afraid of a predator in their midst.

A longtime captain at the Monterey Harbor said that having killer whales inside the breakwater is extremely rare, only happening twice in his entire career.

The whales did not stay long, after a dip in the harbor, they strolled back up Cannery Row and out to the pacific.

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Four Killer Whales Spotted in Harbor

U.S. Magistrate Stops U.S. Navy, Whales And Enemies Can Invade

For the second time in less than a week, a federal court has found that a Navy anti-submarine training program threatens to subject whales and other sea creatures to harmful blasts of sonar and ordered protective measures in several sensitive zones, including one near Monterey Bay.

The latest ruling, issued Wednesday by U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth Laporte of San Francisco, applies to the Navy’s use of low-frequency sonar in submarine detection exercises conducted in large areas of the world’s oceans. Navy officials agreed to restrictions after Laporte issued a similar ruling in 2002, but she said they failed to take adequate precautions when seeking a five-year renewal of the program last year.

U.S. Magistrate Stops U.S. Navy, Whales And Enemies Can Invade