Migrating gray whales on their return trip from the arctic have been passing through the Santa Barbara Channel in recent weeks, and the nonprofit group Gray Whale Count scrambled to take an accurate headcount. The large-mammal census project, led by Michael Smith, contributes whale migration data collected from and around Coal Oil Point in Goleta to migration research programs and nationwide classroom curricula.
Large Mammal Count
Originally published 11:45 a.m., February 23, 2006
Updated 10:58 a.m., March 3, 2006
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