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Artwork by Emily Lui, 11th grade, showing underwater scene of marine animals
Picture of WHALE TAIL License plate Protect Our Coast and Oceans Fund logo

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WHALE TAIL® Grantee Highlight:

California Exposition & State Fair

Bald eagle at fair

The popular "Whale Tail" exhibit is returning to the California State Fair from July 14-30, 2017. Sponsored by a WHALE TAIL® grant from the California Coastal Commission, the exhibit features live rescue animals as well as information about marine debris, ocean acidification, water quality, and sustainable seafood... [Read more]


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KIDS' OCEAN DAY 2017, Showing Humboldt County event organized by Friends of the Dunes

In honor of World Oceans Day, 8,000 California students took part in the statewide Kids' Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach cleanups at six events from Humboldt to San Diego. They learned about ocean pollution prevention at school and then took a field trip to enjoy a beach day, clean the coast, and form amazing art messages on the sand. In 2017, the "Come Together" theme was a call to action for people to join forces and address the problems facing our ocean, such as marine pollution. To see more images and learn more about this annual program funded by the WHALE TAIL® License Plate, visit

In honor of World Oceans Day 2016, a short video was released to showcase nearly 20 years of aerial art formations as part of Kids' Ocean Day. We hope you enjoy the video.