Elkhorn Slough meanders seven miles inland from Monterey Bay, California, harboring the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay. Credit: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Teams survey the Gulf of California for signs of the highly endangered vaquita, a small porpoise driven toward extinction by gillnets that entangle and drown them. Sequencing of the vaquita genome has provided insights on conservation of the species. Photo: NOAA Fisheries.
The Pacific leatherback sea turtles have existed in their current form without scales and a hard shell since the age of the dinosaurs, but threats from bycatch, egg harvesting, and degradation of nesting habit have made this species endangered. Photo credit Jason Isley, Scubazoo.