A dead body on the beach surely warrants an investigation. Teachers from around the country inspect a California sea lion carcass on Moss Landing State Beach as part of the National Marine Educators Association conference. MLML students from the Teacher Enhancement Program talked to the teachers about MLML’s participation with beach COMBERS, or Coastal Ocean Mammal and Bird Education and Research Surveys, run by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Program volunteers collect data on how often birds and mammals strand on the beaches around Monterey Bay. Though the researchers try to determine cause of death when they can, this particular whodunit will likely remain unsolved. Read a testimonial from a beach COMBERS volunteer here.
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