Mar 22, 2010 10:42 AM by Associated Press

Eco-cruise shows tourists pollution's toll

A new cruise off the Southern California coast has sightseers trading whales and dolphins for smokestacks and oil.

The Urban Ocean Boat Cruise run by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and Harbor Breeze Cruises aims to show the environmental effects on coasts and harbors of fishing, industry and other human activities.

The 2½-hour jaunt through the Long Beach Harbor takes passengers past warehouses, power plants and the former Terminal Island prison.

The trip isn't intended to be strictly a negative look at the LA area ports but to show their bevy of activity and what tour guide Dominique Richardson calls "the multiple and conflicting uses of
our urban ocean."

It includes examples of the amazing ways marine life can adapt to the presence of humans.




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