California’s Monterey Bay is south of San Francisco and between the cities of Santa Cruz and Monterey. The Monterey Canyon, one of the largest underwater canyons in the world, begins off the coast of Moss Landing, exactly in the center of Monterey Bay. Monterey Bay is home to many species of marine mammals, including sea otters, harbor seals, and bottlenose dolphins, as well as being on the migratory path of Gray and Humpback Whales and a breeding site for elephant seals.
Waterkeeper Steve Shimek has a background in sea otter research. After leaving research, Steve spent several years as publicity coordinator for the State of Montana, and has worked with non-profit and conservation groups, serving as President of the Montana Cross Country Ski Areas Association, founder for the Citizens for Wise Land Use Practices, and is a founding delegate to the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. Steve has an extensive freelance writing background with feature articles published in Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Ski, Skiing, Women’s Sports+Fitness, and others. Steve has a BS in Biology from UC Santa Cruz.
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