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Exciting update to the Green Abalone Restoration Project!

Green Abalone Restoration Project

As we've blogged about before, marine biologist Nancy Caruso is doing incredible work to help restore the green abalone on our California shores. These creatures, which are absolutely vital to the health of our marine eco-system, have been hunted to near-extinction, sadly. Once a symbol of the California beach lifestyle, beautiful abalone shells were treasured and well-known by folks far and wide for over 40 years. But now, as a result of their virtual disappearance, few people even know what they are! Not only are abalone lovely to look at, but their purpose in the sea is invaluable-- they are the "gardeners" of the kelp forests, which are a major food source for a myriad of marine animals. Without the abalone, the kelp forests face destruction, as do the sea creatures that depend on the kelp for sustenance. So Nancy Caruso's work in attempting to grow 100,000 green abalone is truly heroic and is crucial to the survival of the world's oceans (with a special focus on our precious California coast). 

Green abalone shells

We at Water Gallery have been tracking Nancy's Get Inspired program's progress and we are thrilled to hear that after a failed attempt to spawn abalone in September, their most recent attempt (under the November 12th "Supermoon") has been successful! Three females and one male abalone spawned and, as a result, they have millions of microscopic baby abalone who are developing and growing their first shells. This is such an exciting development in this valiant journey to restore these remarkable creatures and during a time when we worry that our natural environment is in greater peril than ever before, it's a ray of hope. We extend our deepest admiration and gratitude to Nancy Caruso and all of the folks who are helping her bring the abalone back. For us and all of our fellow ocean lovers out there, this is truly heart-warming news.


Dec 27, 2016 • Posted by Victoria Binkiewicz

I’ve never even thought about the fact that Abalone could be going extinct. My brother has a guitar with abalone inlay and it’s beautiful but now that I think of it, it was probably taken with no regard to the harm being done! It’s awesome that people in this world are so conscious of nature when some of us are so ignorant of our effect.

Dec 26, 2016 • Posted by Lisa kahanek porter

Thank u Nancy for restoring beauty in our world! Baby steps and one step at a time…….

Dec 25, 2016 • Posted by Susan Benson

Such a great story. Thanks for sharing.

Dec 23, 2016 • Posted by kimberly mcginnis

As a native Californian, I am overjoyed that we have new baby abalone, well done Nancy Caruso! You are the Angel of the ocean. Thank you

Dec 23, 2016 • Posted by Vicki Hernandez

That’s an incredible story! I’m so thankful for Nancy’s efforts.

Dec 23, 2016 • Posted by Charlotte Trant

Thank you Nancy for making an effort to restore such a beautiful creature.

Dec 23, 2016 • Posted by Aaron Hightower

Isn’t it amazing how the moon affects both nature and people alike! My mom is a baby nurse and full moons mean lots of babies getting delivered!

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