Channel Islands National Park

National Park Service

Central Coast fourth graders have a new offer from the federal government to visit the area's local national parks over the next year—for free. 

Xiuning (Nancy) Du, Newport Lab) from the Newport Line (May 19, 2015 collection date)

A vast, toxic algae bloom off the West Coast has scientists baffled as they work to figure out why one toxin in particular is dominating the waters. 

Marine Mammal Center

There is a major spike in the number of starving sea lion pups showing up on Central Coast beaches. While the influx is overwhelming facilities like the Marine Mammal Center in Morro Bay, all rescued animals are still being accepted according to spokesperson Laura Sherr.

The organization says it has rescued more than 500 animals so far this year, more than ever before in its 40 year history.

Nature Conservancy

An animal species unique to the Channel Islands could soon be removed from the federal Threatened and Endangered Species List.

Federal reports show four subspecies of the Island Fox found on six of the eight Channel Islands are making a remarkable comeback. As a result the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is initiating a review process to see if the animals should remain protected.

Experts say the recovery is the fastest population rebound recorded for any land mammal in the U.S. thanks to a robust restoration plan.

NPS - Tyler Bight

Officials with Channel Islands National Park are reporting the discovery of an unidentified body found in a cove, just above the most recent high tide line.

Yvonne Menard is with the park service and says it was found on San Miguel Island which was closed to the public this past spring by the Department of Defense for safety reasons.