Marine predators flock to California coast

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After a decade of tracking the Pacific Ocean's top predators electronically, scientists last week compared the waters off California to Africa’s Serengeti Plain, famous for an abundance of lions, elephants and other charismatic species.

“It’s been a bit like looking down on the African savanna and trying to figure out where are the watering holes that a zebra and a cheetah might use? ... Where are the deserts that animals avoid, and the migratory corridors that animals such as wildebeest use to travel from place to place?” said Barbara Block, a study co-author at Stanford University. “We’ve come to a vast oceanic realm in the Pacific and answered these questions for animals as diverse as bluefin tuna, blue whales and leatherback sea turtles.”

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